The Longest word in the English dictionary ?

This post is a result of an amalgam of wandering thoughts and boredom albeit the amount of assignment work i have to do!

When i was doing English Literature for my OL’s i was told that floccinaucinihilipilification was the longest word in the English Dictionary, bizarre how that word popped into mind just a while ago, and that being a few years after i first heard it.

I have also heard the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious , popularized by the English song in the musical Mary Poppins

The former is mentioned in one of the versions of the concise oxford, but the latter isnt.

Any thoughts ?

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  1. I always thought the longest non-scientific word in the English language was ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’. So thanks for the ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ reference! It’s one letter longer…As for ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’; I think most people agree that it is a nonsensical word (like ‘jabberwocky’). However, I did read one article that referred to the word originating in Ireland and having rather seedy connotations with regard to prostitution. It was probably a joke!

  2. oh,thats really longest! i ve never heard of it. but hey, i see now.

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