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bankrobber1126
203225.  Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:19 am Reply with quote

dr. know wrote:
papaphobia is fear of the pope.


I thought it was a fear of the Smurf with the beard.

 
Dr. Know
203227.  Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:23 am Reply with quote

.........well it isn't.

 
bankrobber1126
203234.  Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:28 am Reply with quote

dr. know wrote:
.........well it isn't.


Quite right, it's not. It's a made-up quasi-medical term.

 
Tomi from Suomi
902429.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:35 pm Reply with quote

In Finnish, the longest single wor I can think of is: Ratsastajattarittakinko? which means: eaven without a female horseback riders?

 
WordLover
902449.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:24 pm Reply with quote

Sebastian flyte wrote:
Anyone got loneliness? (quite pathetic, aw bless) or there's Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism.
So there is. So someone who seems to have the symptoms of pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism but doesn't actually have that condition could be said to have pseudopseudopseudohypoparathyroidism.

The longest sensible word I know? How far may I go before the words stop being sensible? There may be granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-great-granddaughters, ...........

 
mckeonj
902486.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:17 pm Reply with quote

Well, if you are going to hyphenate.........
"It was well-I'll-go-to-the-foot-of-our-stairs astonishing!"

 
Efros
902491.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:27 pm Reply with quote

honorificabilitudinitatibus, according to Will. RUBISCO acronym of ribulosebisphosphatecarboxylaseoxygenase enzyme in photosynthesis, but obviously very silly, not sensible at all.

 
Celebaelin
902493.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:29 pm Reply with quote

Infinity.

 
Efros
902494.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Well if you're going to get clever...

Smiles

 
suze
902504.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:26 pm Reply with quote

Marriage

It's not so much as a word as a life sentence.



More seriously, I have actually used antidisestablishmentarianism for real a few times.

 
Moosh
902520.  Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:28 am Reply with quote

Since it was open I just skimmed through it and I think the longest words used in my dissertation are projectivisation and anti-isomorphisms. But I'm sure someone's going to tell me that those don't count.

 
WordLover
902525.  Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:26 am Reply with quote

Efros wrote:
Well if you're going to get clever...

Smiles
Clever. Using a similar idea,

TAUT

because there's an AU (astronomical unit) between the ends.

 
djgordy
902535.  Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:27 am Reply with quote

bankrobber1126 wrote:
It's a made-up quasi-medical term.


I don't think that criticising a word on the grounds that it is "made up" is really all that valid. It is an inherent property of all words to be "made up".

 
djgordy
902536.  Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:30 am Reply with quote

Efros wrote:
Well if you're going to get clever...

Smiles


Slightyears?

 
Efros
902552.  Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:33 am Reply with quote

Is that what Spock has?

 

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