2000-02-26

antidisestablishmentarianism

Opposition to the withdrawal of state support or recognition from an established church, esp. the Anglican church in 19th century England. (Random House Dictionary of the English Language).

This is definitely a word you don't get to (or want to!) use every day. This is the longest word in the English language, not counting specialized technical words.

[ UPDATE 2001-01-08: But, see floccinaucinihilipilification (Gregor's Word of the Week for 2001-01-13). ]

Here is an attempt to establish an even longer word.

A fun made-up word (spotted in the movie Mary Poppins) that is even longer is: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I remember a delightful pun based on this. I first read in August of 1986 (it was one of the winners in Omni Magazine's pun contest):

After Mary Poppins was done with her film she went to California and became an expert at predicting [for] people with bad breath. Her sign read, "Super California Psychic - expert, halitosis".

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