Well, that's the beauty of the site. You don't have to check anything before you add it. Or afterwards, either, if you don't want to. p.s. I agree with the majority of comments on this page re: the longest "word."
TSB, what chained_bear said. I often bracket words that I think other Wordies might want to add to their arsenal or that I've already added myself. But there's no rule saying I have to add it myself--or that you have to adopt it. (It's not an orphan until it's been added and abandoned.) Anyway, welcome to blecch. I use it frequently, and it comes in handy at times. :-)
VO and palooka, I'm with you--a long string of chemical syllables really doesn't seem "fair" when you're counting longest words ever.
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Right... according to fun-with-words.com/word_longest.html: 'Two chemical terms (3,641 and 1,913 letters long) have appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records. They were withdrawn because they have never been used by chemists, and there is no theoretical limit to the length of possible legitimate chemical terms. A DNA molecule could have a name of over 1,000,000,000 letters if it was written out in full.'
The second criterion seems a bit dodgy, since there's no theoretical limit to the length of a 'normal' word either.
a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, flesh, fowl, and sauces, mentioned in Aristophanes' play "The Assemblywomen"
The dish was a fricassee, with 17 sweet and sour ingredients, including brains, honey, vinegar, fish, pickles, and the following:
* Fish slices * Fish of the Elasmobranchii subclass (a shark or ray) * Rotted dogfish or small shark's head * generally sharp-tasting dish of several ingredients grated and pounded together * Silphion "laserwort," apparently a kind of giant fennel * A kind of crab, beetle, or crayfish * Eagle * Cheese * Honey poured down * Wrasse (or thrush) * On top of a kind of sea fish or Blackbird * Wood pigeon * Domestic pigeon * Chicken * Roasted head of dabchick * Hare, which could be a kind of bird or a kind of sea-hare * New wine boiled down * Dessert fruit or thing eaten raw * Wing, fin