A "Mega"- Ism
The Longest Word in the English Language

An "Ism" is a system of beliefs (or a singular belief) held in high esteem by a group or organization. Sometimes the word doctrine is used in a similar manner.

Our family delighted in word play, and we especially loved to impress our friends (or enemies, for that matter) with new-found word skills.

So, when I was told about the longest word in the English language, I was eager to memorize it and rattle it off to anyone who seemed even remotely interested in my current novel knowledge.


The Longest Word:
antidisestablishmentarianism

Here it is - the famous example of the world's longest word, claimed as such since at least the 1920s era:

antidisestablishmentarianism

Dictionary.com gives this definition:
noun
"originally opposed to the disestablishment of the Church of England, now opposed to the belief that there should no longer be an official church in a country."
-Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English, copyright 2003-2008

With a bit of practice, I could spell that word in just about 6 seconds flat!!


Brain-Stretching Trivia

Why not try it out on your friends and family? The longest word (especially since its 28 letters exceed the number of letters in the entire alphabet) still holds fascinating "trivia" appeal for every generation.

Who knew such a tiny concept (ism) could spawn such an enormous word?

Say it, spell it, name it, claim it!

Now, don't you feel smarter already?


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