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Posted by Bill Gilonis on December 11, 2000

In Reply to: ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM posted by Bruce Kahl on February 16, 2000

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: : Does anyone know exactly what "Disestablishmentarainism" means? Is it the longest english word?

: ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM (28 letters) may be the best-known long word. The word means "the belief which opposes removing the tie between church and state."

: PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS (45 letters; a lung disease caused by breathing in certain particles) is the longest word in any English-language dictionary. (It is also spelled -koniosis.)

: dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (31 letters; the full name for the insecticide DDT) is maybe a contender for the silver medal...