Longest word in English

The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary quote “loccinaucinihilipilification” (29 letters) as the longest genuine word, followed by “antidisestablishmentarianism (28 letters). According to Oxford, although there are a few other words that are longer, they are mainly technical words or invented for the purpose.

I can now reveal that in fact “smiles” is the longest genuine word in the English language because there is a mile between its first and last letters.


By Josef Essberger for EnglishClub November 2007
Josef started teaching English as a foreign language in 1991 and founded EnglishClub for learners and teachers in 1997.

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