I’ve always loved long words. Here are some of the more common ones I know. Now, if I could only pronounce them!


 ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM (28 letters) [A 19th-century British political movement that opposed proposals for the disestablishment of the Church of England]

 FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION (29) [Describing something as having little or no value]

 HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA (36) [The fear of long words. A song was made about this word. Click below to watch a YouTube video for a humorous song about this word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-V6FHWYtcg ]

 HONORIFICABILITUDINITA (27) [A word occurring in Shakespeare’s play, Love’s Labour’s Lost. It means “with honorablenesses.”]

 HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUAA (21) [A small, brightly colored Hawaiian fish that was the state’s official fish until about 1984]

LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH (58) [A Welsh village. The original name of the village was Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll. But apparently that wasn’t long enough for the natives. In 1860’s, it was renamed to help promote tourism of this small village. ]

 PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS (45) [A miner’s disease causing inflammation in the lungs due to the inhalation of very fine silica dust.]


SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS (34) [The most well-known of long words. The origin of the word goes back to 1949 and was made popular by the 1964 Disney movie, Mary Poppins. It was defined in the movie as “something to say when you have nothing to say” and is one of the few songs ever made that is dedicated to a single word. See also: HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA]




(1) I am defining a long word as one having 20 letters or more. In addition, this word has to be found in print, other than in a list of long words. 😉


(2) Interesting, a lover of long words is a SESQUIPEDALIAN; a word with merely 14 letters.

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