Talk:Longest word in English

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Note: There is no category for long words. Do not create one; this has already been discussed at WP:CFD log. --Fayenatic london 13:50, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Edit Request to reflect Collins English Dictionary, longest non-coined word etc[edit]

Suggested improvement based on the Collins English Dictionary @ www.collinsdictionary.com

The main table at the start of the article gives the 30-letter word "Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism" as the longest non-coined word in a major dictionary. This isn't correct as the Collins English Dictionary includes the 31-letter word dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. Major dictionaries section also could be updated to reflect this. http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane

Collins blog post here (http://www.collinsdictionary.com/words-and-language/interesting-words/the-longest-word-in-the-collins-english-dictionary,38,HCB.html) also contains various words with certain characteristics of length, which could usefully be incorporated into this article.

another long word?[edit]

I feel puzzled why they didn't put in hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, a word with 35 letters and 15 syllables that means 'fear of long words'. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.237.104.106 (talk) 00:27, 18 November 2013 (UTC)


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Semi-protected edit request on 28 January 2014[edit]

Under Technical terms change:

  "...so the sequence of one its strands, if written out in full like..."

to "...so the sequence of one of its strands, if written out in full like..."

small grammatical adjustment. 71.163.86.22 (talk) 23:09, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Done, thanks! LittleMountain5 01:18, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 24 June 2014[edit]

Main title & subtitle = "Words with certain characteristics of notable length - Typed words" (section 7.1) Second bullet point: Longest English words typable using only the top row of letters.

Currently shows 'rupturewort' (11 letters) as the longest word. Please add 'proprietory' (alternative spelling of 'proprietary') to this, as it too has 11 letters. Because of this change, you also need to change the grammar of the preceding phrase to refer to the plural ("The longest English words ... have ...").

To the same bullet point, please add 'pirouetter' (someone who does pirouettes) to the list of ten letter words.

86.25.3.213 (talk) 11:23, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Can you give a link to a reliable source that backs up your claim that 'proprietory' is an alternative spelling of 'proprietary'? It's not that I doubt you, but that seems like it is something that would be frequently contested if there wasn't a source. Thanks. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 12:23, 24 June 2014 (UTC)