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Didn't they find a cure already for this?[edit]

I removed my puce ribbon -- (talk) 19:14, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Word Length is hardly relevant[edit]

The mentioning of facts about other long words in this article isn't really important to this article. (talk) 00:48, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Of course it is relevent! Most people would never have heard of the word "antidisestablishmentarianism", had it not arisen in a discussion about long words. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:09, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

Word length is absolutely relevant. Most people who will search for this term are interested in the term for its length and complexity. A section on similar words adds depth to the entry. —Preceding unsigned comment added by CrimsonHeel (talkcontribs) 20:52, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

I agree people will search partly on word length context, but a whole paragraph about a lung disease is completely irrelevant. As is the paragraph before it spouting other long words. The first sentence which links to a collection of longest words in the English language is all that is needed, or we may as well copy the entire list of words and their full meanings and history in to the start of every page about a long word. (talk) 08:05, 1 May 2009 (UTC)


Antidisestablishmentarianism is not the larsgest construction of the word establish. The longest is antidisestablishmentarianistically. THAT IS 34 LETTERS!!!!!!!!!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:55, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

Somebody with more time on their hands than I do should probably mention its fame as a $64,000 answer. (talk) 04:30, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Although antidisestablishmentarianism is ONE OF the longest words that isn't coined or technical and also, antidisestablishmentarianismist or -istically IS NOT considered a word as it refers to the same thing over again such as saying historianologyarianologyarianologyarianismistismistismistismistically! It is just saying a TYPE OF SOMETHING and then a CALLING IT A SUBJECT OR STUDY over and over again so don't use those words-only antidisestablishmentarianism in FORMAL pieces of work.(The only excption for a 'fake' word is SUPERCALAFRAJALISTICESPIALADOCIOUS and also D'OH!) LONG LIVE TIFFANY MITCHELL! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:47, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Connection to Arianism?[edit]

Does anyone know of the purpose of the arian in antidisestablishmentarianism? Is there some connection to 4th century Arianism? 08:48, 18 January 2006 (UTC)


A morpheme is the smallest part of a word that retains an individual significance.

For example, the word 'antidisestablishmentarianism' can be broken down into the following morphemes: anti/dis/establish/ment/ari/an/ism (7 morphemes).

The morphemes in this word that are perhaps less obvious in their individual meanings are:

"ari" (makes the antidisestablishment an adjective) "an" (an individual who subscribes to antidisestablishmentary views)

I took that from the article on "longest word in the english language" (if anyone knows its actualy title, feel free to make that into a link). Vimescarrot 13:54, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

This is a joke...right? There is no connection at all...the 'arian' simply means a person related to the preceding term...for example, a librarian is someone who works in a library. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Darktangent (talkcontribs) 04:34, 8 September 2010 (UTC)

verse in dispute?[edit]

As author of the verse presently appearing on the page, I would like to learn if a small verse in any real way violates the "original research" protocol. The verse is made public domain. It is stripped of my name. There is no gain in it for myself, but to think it may be useful and interesting as a compact illustration of this lasting word.

The Church is yet established to the State in England, but not so in Ireland.

The most salient question, I think: If poetry of public domain status is regularly printed to Wikipedia, then why shouldn't a competent author, in a special circumstance such as this, refer his own poem to the article?

Two other similar-specialty verses were put up concurrently: one at "carpe diem" and one at "Flatiron Building".

Carpe diem in poetry has a history.

I think (musing) that it has a present also.

Is a deep parsing of the protocol needed? I feel I may be in a gray area.

Thanks for your patience- however it goes is OK by myself.

Reid Welch 20:24, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Removed a nonsense word from the links of other really long words (Antiapplementalicondrumalecremententibacsteralopsclorosisismaligaleegaloctarosis), the antiapple... part should have given it away.

Verdafolio 01:57, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

Clearly not the longest word[edit]

Even if there are other other words longer than Antidisestablishmentarianism shouldn't the word Antidisestablishmentarianistic exist? (talk) 06:55, 29 April 2009 (UTC)Anthony

Then maybe Antidisestablishmentarianistical, or Antidisestablishmentarianistically, as in the sentence "The man antidisestablishmentarianistically protested against the church."? (talk) 07:04, 29 April 2009 (UTC)Anthony

Antidisestablishmentarianism is not longer than "P45"

Known as


--Deon555|talk 04:02, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism is also longer. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:43, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

And I managed to include 'pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism' legitimately in a recent article in Law & Justice as a description of Gordon Brown's attitude to establishment: in his guts, he'd probably like to disestablish the C of E (he is, afer all, a Scot) but he can't very well admit to that in public. Incidentally, you can sing it to the tune of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Kranf (talk) 14:53, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

okay yall asked for it Antineocontrapseudocontraneocontrapseudocontraneocontrapseudocontraneocontrapseudocontraneoantidisestablishmentarianists

The difference is that most people can memorise "antidisestablishmentarianism" quite easily, but I would think the word above was probably cut and pasted from elsewhere.--MacRusgail 16:47, 18 August 2006 (UTC)
you just added contra-pseudo to the beginning. that's like having a dream, in which you have a dream, and in that dream you have a dream, in which you dream of dreaming about a dream about dreams, ect. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:42, 22 November 2007 (UTC)
Agreed, u added antineo, then contrapseudo, then contraneo, then contrapseudo again, then contraneo again. THATS CHEATING!! (talk) 20:25, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

it is technically still a new word ...though it would be considered to be coined... also antidisestablishmentairanism is considered to be the longest non-coined and non-technicalk word in the english language. pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest technical and Floccinaucinihilipilifications is the longest coined word. Koolone0 (talk) 02:16, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

Couldn't it be argued that "antidisestablishmentarianistic" is technically longer, even though it's just a variation of the word? SweetNightmares (talk) 06:42, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Wheel of Fortune[edit]

Wheel of Fortune links to the disambiguation page. I'm not sure which article the link should link to, so someone else needs to change the link. -- VGF11 01:00, 12 December 2006 (UTC)

Dispute of "Longest word" claim[edit]

I've added my own pronounciation. Hope it's okay with you, if not just say why and you can take it down. Fin01 18:27, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

Forgive me, I couldn't help myself, I just had to put it in ...

Now link to it!

Hey, its ok I love that word too!!!!


Of course, I haven't seen anyone professing antidisestablishmentarianism by that name lately. Perhaps this particular movement is dead. Perhaps I'll restart it. That's right, it's neoantidisestablishmentarianism...


Argh... groan... Anyway, welcome aboard, clasqm. Thanks for adding this topic. I've done some work on it in the past, so maybe if I dig out an old essay... -- Claudine

Wasn't it a historical movement? Shouldn't it be essentially an article about intellectual or cultural (or church) history? --LMS

Wouldn't the study of this topic be antidisestablishmentarianismology? Feldon23 15:31, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

Perhaps I'll restart it. That's right, it's neoantidisestablishmentarianism...

In that case I will start a counter-movement:


Making your actions:


Contraneoantidisestablishmentarianistically inclined people of the world, unite: you have nothing to lose but your brains!

I thought the longest word (that meets the criteria given) was Floccinaucinihilipilification - justfred

Heh, that was funny. While reading this article yesterday, I immediately saw and corrected the misspelling of 'Pesudo'antidisestablishmentarianism, but failed to notice 'altough' and 'oppostion.' Oh well. Graue 19:45 Dec 19, 2002 (UTC)

What about pseudocontraneoantidisestablismentarianistically? that's longer.

so If I joined the contraneoantidisestablishmentarianism movement I suppose that would make me a contraneoantidisestablishmentarianismist

actually that would only make you a contraneodisestablishmentarian. Adding the ism and ist is unnecessary. - 16:48, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)

I hate those people who love to pretend to be a contraneoantidisestablishmentarianist, therefore I will act


--TTD 00:28, 25 Apr 2004 (UTC)


The battle continues.

-- 03:49, 11 Sep 2004 (UTC)

...but can you define it, or use it in a sentence? :P TTD Bark! (pawprints) 04:06, 2004 Sep 12 (UTC)

Can't resist:

neopseudocontrapseudocontraneoantidisestablishmentarianisticalitude Dralwik 00:07, 3 Mar 2005 (UTC)

If we must continue:

postneopseudocontrapseudocontraneoantidisestablishmentarianisticalitude --The1exile 20:46, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

I am now officially bored of this 2-year old game. Henceforth I am now in a state of

ex-postneopseudocontrapseudocontraneoantidisestablishmentarianisticalitude RedTomato (talk) 13:16, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

'a monstrosity' - in the final sentence. Is that really NPOV?

I guess not, but does it really matter? This is an article about a supposed longest english word.

Opening Statement Confusing[edit]

The opening statement is confusing; in particular the reference to 'the movement failed' yet in context it sounds as if 'the movement' did succeed as the church was disestablished. I can't understand this paragraph, read and re-read. (Agvulpine 04:35, 9 October 2007 (UTC))

I believe the previous comment should read "The Church of England was not disestablished."

If they were against the disestablishment of the Church of England, they suceeded, since that Church is still established as the State Church. On the other hand they failed in Ireland and Wales since these countries have disestablished their churches. This is the direct opposite of what is stated in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:09, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

I have made the necessary changes to the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:23, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. It was correct until 23 September 2007.[1] --Rumping 17:19, 5 November 2007 (UTC

The opening statement reads "The word has also come by analogy to refer to any opposition to those who oppose the establishment, whether the government in whole or part or the established society." Does this make any sense? If the word refers to those who support the established order, how can it also mean the opposite? I suggest that this sentence be deleted

Length of Word Is Relevant[edit]

On November 18, two anonymous people apparently removed, without comment, any and all information relating to the fact that antidisestablishmentarianism is a famously long word. Since the vast majority of visitors to this page have no doubt sought it for exactly that reason, I'm surprised no one has reverted this destructive change. I am not necessarily advocating a long and winding trivia section mentioning every publication, TV show, and plumber's cousin which has ever uttered the word, but its length needs to be mentioned somehow, as it is by far the most remarked-upon attribute of the topic. I would be (marginally) satisfied by even a single-sentence mention. Xezlec (talk) 22:33, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Recently, someone vandalized my new section, replacing it with obvious nonsense. Instead of reverting the vandalism, someone decided to simply replace the vandalized version with a bizarre statement that may also be vandalism (I'm honestly not sure). After that, a number of people "corrected" and expanded upon the new, bizarre version, apparently without realizing there was a better version of this section in the history. I've reverted it (mostly) back to my original version. If I've reverted any changes you feel honestly belonged there, let's talk about it here. I've kept the one change that made immediate sense to me: someone added the letter count of the word, so I added it in with the revert. Xezlec (talk) 06:07, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

OK, now people seem to be having a revert war over whether the big flossi... word should be included. Let's discuss here. I don't see it as terribly relevant to an article about antidisestablishmentarianism. It is relevant to an article about the longest word, but guess what? "Longest word" is already linked to. And that page lists the flossi... word along with many others that claim the title for various reasons and under various circumstances. Should we mention all of those words here too? Xezlec (talk) 19:48, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

Quick summary of Wikipedia's antidisestablishmentarianism page[edit]

Antidisestablishmentarianism – Political philosophy opposed to church/state separation —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:17, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

delighted to find this, but...[edit]

Shouldn't it be a cat? I was going to try and cat-up Love beads but there was no Category:Counterculture, just "60s fashions"....I see antidisest-whatever has other meanisn thatn the one it took in the '60s, it's that Antidiest-whatever I'm meaning needs a cat....Skookum1 (talk) 22:22, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

WOT?? There's no 60s content here at all? OK, definitely a ned for an article, not sure where to begin to write it; Antidisestablishmentarianism (pop counterculture) maybe as the title ?Skookum1 (talk) 22:25, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

Did you read the thread directly above this one? You are thinking of anti-establishment, which is not in any way related to Antidisestablishmentarianism which concerns a state's realtions with a national church. -- Secisek (talk) 22:57, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

The two terms are related, but let me assure you from the "I was there" context that the term had currency in hte argot of the countercutlure, a catchphrase/byword, summing up the anti-establishment movement in a single word, or so they thought; they were all college kids, so you'd think they were aware of the connection and I'd think they deliveratetly invoked it; perhaps it never got used in the UK pop culture that way; I remember it in youth-culture rhetoric and as a meme/trendy word; must be a cite in the Village Voice archives somewhere, or the old Georgia Straight or whatever the San Francisco or Chicago or LA etc equivalents were; Berkley's or UCLA's student papers, maybe...ask anyone "who was there" and they'll most likely agree; don't mean to pull age on you, just speeaking from personal experience of the term (I'm 52).Skookum1 (talk) 04:11, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
Interesting; I just googled, though I didn't x-link with the rags just named or any 60s context, and now gather that the '60s use, or "how it got repeated into the '70s", so to speak, was a malapropism; by the late '70s peple would say something to the effect of "he is/are you antidisestablishmentarian" to mean "are you/he is anti-establishment"; the terms prefixes are sort of a double negative aren't they (anti+dis) subtracted making "establishment", so not just a malapropism but an ironic one; in the debased vernacular meaning it got that I remember....once I read a bit more, I realized that the '60s intelligentsia/radical coinage of the term must have been "Down with Antidisestablishmentarianism", as an attack on the increasing efforts of religions, new and old, to control public policy (and in the UK, church and state still aren't separated, techniically anyway)....there's a webpage to that effect ("Down with....!") on the first google page that comes up. And I have to recommend the youtube video that shows up; it's actually clever and, uh, tasteful; I think I can't post youtube links here so won't try, but good for a laugh and you'll probably never hear it said so sexily again....Anyway it's definitely a '60s ctachphrase, and that will be citable; just in what context remains to be seeen, or found....Skookum1 (talk) 04:31, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia does not allow for inclusion based off of "personal experience of the term". Your "'I was there' context" doesn't help here unless you published a book about being there where you used the term. Find a citation that will pass WP:RS to that effect if you want to include any info on that usage. -- Secisek (talk) 21:29, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

I'm an experienced editor and I know that. My point in raising it here was as a testimony that the phrase was part of the '60s paradigm, misapprehended by its users or not; and I know it was, ironically, used on me in a well-intended fashion (as if it were a smarty-pants word for counterculture/hippie). The word itself is the subject of innumerable websites simply about people liking it bercause it's long, and reputedly (though falsely) the longest. But as I said, even on the first google page one of the modern invocations of it shows up; I'll examine that and see how far it goes back, adn I'll put feelers out to old journalist pals to see if anyone remembers a particular quote. "Down with Antidisestablishmentarianism" fits right in with the civil rights/ freedom/ peace agenda of the '60s; "down with reactionaries" it would be in neoMaoist speech I guess. My own testimonty was by way of "gee, I remember this - can anyone come up with a cite?" I don't need to be scolded.Skookum1 (talk) 23:31, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

I wasn't scolding, but a google search on my end turned up no such usages in the first page of hits. I didn't dig down any further. The youtube video you speak of does not support the usage you impute. Again, no offense intended. -- Secisek (talk) 00:40, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

I was misled by the title of [this one] - oh, it's a blacklistsed hyper link, fancy that, never seen a spam filter on Wiki before (the rex currry link "AntiD'ism must end") - but it did tweak the "Down with Antidiestablishmentarianism" context...hmmm maybe I should just googlge that; I'll s-ref it with Village Voice and wahtever elese I can think of later on.....Skookum1 (talk) 00:48, 18 April 2008 (UTC)


I just listened to the spoken version, and the narrator reads the word "Anglican" as "angelican." Just wanted to point that out so it could hopefully be corrected.Mbs05 (talk) 01:57, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Good catch. I'll correct it next opportunity. Reason turns rancid (talk) 02:16, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Payne and Tuffin[edit]

I'm no history buff; in fact, I'm quite the opposite. Consequently, I have no idea who "Payne" and "Tuffin" are. I assume these are famous people with their own Wikipedia articles. If so, these names should have internal links to those articles. Regardless of the fame of these people, though, I think their full names should be given--for clarity, if nothing else.--Jmjanzen (talk) 19:15, 21 May

Removal of Sentence[edit]

Would anyone be opposed to me removing the sentence: "A slightly longer but less commonly accepted variant of the word – antidisestablishmentarianismist – can be found in some dictionaries."

There are no citations, and the word is not even listed in Google's "define" function, which makes it rare.

Notably, however, there is a song with the name "You're Just An Old Antidisestablishmentarianismist" by Duke Ellington. Perhaps a "Ref in Pop Culture" section is in order? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Uhjoebilly (talkcontribs) 16:10, 16 July 2010 (UTC)


In response to this edit [2], Gladstone was in his early political life a strong support of the established Anglican church, including opposing state funding of Maynooth College (the new Roman Catholic seminary in Ireland), and set out his antidisestablishmentarian position as well as using the word. Much later in life he forced through disestablishment in Ireland.--Rumping (talk) 18:57, 20 October 2010 (UTC)


In response to the request [3], Littlewood's statement is (with his inverted commas):

The longest word in English, antidisestablishmentarianism, is all 'form' except for the content 'sto'.

I assume "form" means prefixes and suffixes.--Rumping (talk) 18:57, 20 October 2010 (UTC)


This is a (not so) common word meaning FALSE opposition to the separation of state and church, but is used. Shouldn't it be mentioned in the article? Especially since its a non-coined, non-technical term thats 5 letters longer than the traditional longest. Also, antidisestablishmentarianistically exists as an adjective, which is longer on its own than the article title. I question whether pseudoantidisestablishmentarianistically also exists? Google seems to say it does. (talk) 17:18, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

The problem with adding such words is that you could add a virtually infinite number of prefixes and suffixes to the word (there are already a ton on the standard word). Why not add "quasipseudoantidis...," or start adding "-ology" or "contra-", or whatever else. Perhaps if you could find such words in some sort of setting outside of a dictionary, it would warrant attention in the article.--Uhjoebilly (talk) 22:14, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

False opposition would again be disestablishmentarianism. You don't call an environmentalist pretending to be an antienvironmentalist a pseudoantienvironmentalist, rather, his actions are either literally environmentalist or antienvironmentalist. Maybe if there were a rash of people who somehow needed to pretend to be antidisestablishmentarian this word would exist, but it is more of a theory of a word like the scientific names than something that exists. (talk) 01:22, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Gladstone sentence[edit]

I removed this sentence about Gladstone: "The word was used in 1838 in Church and State by William Gladstone, under whose administration the Irish Church Act 1869 was passed." Three reasons: 1) Gladstone's 1838 book was called The State in Its Relations with the Church, not Church and State; 2) I can find no instance of the word in the full text of the book; and 3) the sentence was unreferenced. If I am wrong and Gladstone did use the word somewhere, please cite a source and page number. Lesgles (talk) 03:44, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

I agree with all aspects of this edit. I think the problem is that in Ernest Weekley's "Etymological Dictionary of Modern English" (1921, pg 454) full text he credits Gladstone with coining "disestablish" in his "Church and State [sic]" (1838). Over the years this has incorrectly morphed into people saying Weekley credited Gladstone for coining ANTIdisestablishmentarianism in "Church and State." Many other sources say that Gladstone used the word once in 1869, but I can no actual source for that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:32, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

inserted section[edit]

Inserted a section on "popular references." The word is used in a Blackadder episode. My first post, so correct me gently ;) Closebutnocigar (talk) 09:52, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Last sentence[edit]

The last sentence on this article is hilariously out of place. But I like it. -- (talk) 02:18, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Sorry but as much as you may like it, now that I think about it more, the article can probably do without it. Do you think it belongs despite it being "hilariously out of place"? Inviting any others to weigh in. In the mean time, I am reverting the addition of the statement. --RacerX11 Talk to meStalk me 02:32, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
Darn!...I tried, but I just can't be the one that reverts that last change. I admit, it's rather funny and clever and I don't really mind it there. Maybe it can stay? --RacerX11 Talk to meStalk me 02:42, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Duke Ellington[edit]

Jazz musicians were famous for their sense of humor. Please DON'T remove the reference! (talk) 22:52, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

What is Antisocaldisastablashm?[edit]

It means to also mean, to be nonaffiliated with a part or parties of an area in certain aspects of that said thing...I, who can say? It was mentioned on the T.V. series Cartoon called "Doug" during that weird spelling bee one of the characters named Chocky-(that Jock) was doing anyway, sooo that's got to account for something...right???

I never knew................[edit]

I ♥ wiki, but I do not like the fact that the word antidisestablishmentarianism, does not have as much definition, as many of your other words, you should think about adding something fun, something eye catching!

-- (talk) 00:14, 7 November 2014 (UTC) LOVER of wiki, user12


This word means the churches are marked as useless.


Jack Rice and Mary Cate Meyer will have love. One day. ANtidise- Owen TWeed and Elaine Nickerson are dating! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:27, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

It's like my favourite word[edit]

I can say it but other people can't. It's amazing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Froffyman (talkcontribs) 19:58, 16 March 2016 (UTC)