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  • 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."

    February 19, 2008

  • I think if we had to check our contributions against an 'adding value' criterion before making them (short of not spamming, etc.) the outcome might not be altogether uplifting.

    February 19, 2008

  • 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.

    February 19, 2008

  • The "longest" word is a series of repetitious chemical syllables & is really nothing to get worked up about. It doesn't add value.

    February 19, 2008

  • TSB, I'm afraid you have an erroneous opinion of why people bracket words. It's perfectly acceptable to bracket a word. Nobody "checks" to see if it's on a list first. Why would they?

    February 19, 2008

  • Reesetee! You linked blecch without checking if it was on a list! I had to take it into my orphanage! Poor thing... Next time, check if it's on a list!

    February 19, 2008

  • There IS a limit. I tried adding methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalanylalan ylglutaminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycylalanylpheny lalanylvalylprolylphenylalanylyalylthreonylleucylglycylaspartylproly lglycylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylserylleucyllysylisoleucylaspartylt hreonylleucylisoleucylglutamylalanylglycylalanylaspartylalanylleucyl glutamylleucylglycylisoleucylprolylphenylalanylserylaspartylprolylle ucylalanylaspartylglycylprolylthreonylisoleucylglutaminylasparaginyl alanylthreonylleucylarginylalanylphenylalanylalanylalanylglycylvalyl threonylprolylalanylglutaminylcysteinylphenylalanylglutamylmethionyl leucyalanylleucylisoleucylarginylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthreon ylisoleucylprolylisoleucylglycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylas paraginylleucylvalylphenylalanylasparaginyllysylglycylisoleucylaspar tylglutamylphenylalanyltyrosylalanylglutaminylcysteinylglutamyllysyl valylglycylvalylaspartylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalylprol ylvalylglutaminylglutamylserylalanylprolylphenylalanylarginylglutami nylalanylalanylleucylarginylhistidylasparaginylvalylalanylprolylisol eucylphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinylprolylprolylaspartylalanylasparty laspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginylglutaminylisoleucylalanylserylty rosylglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylserylargin ylalanylglycylvalylthreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginylarginylala nylalanylleucylprolylleucylasparaginylhistidylleucylvalylalanyllysyl leucyllysylglutamyltyrosylasparaginylalanylalanylprolylprolylleucylg lutaminylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylserylalanylprolylaspartylg lutaminylvalyllysylalanylalanylisoleucylaspartylalanylglycylalanylal anylglycylalanylisoleucylserylglycylserylalanylisoleucylvalyllysylis oleucylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylhistidylasparaginylisoleucylglutam ylprolylglutamyllysylmethionylleucylalanylalanylleucyllysylvalylphen ylalanylvalylglutaminylprolylmethionyllysylalanylalanylthreonylargin ylserine and it said the server could not handle it.

    February 18, 2008

  • There's a reasonable chance that John put a 2^7 character limit on Wordie entries. I probably would have made a similar assumption if I were designing this.

    February 18, 2008

  • I have a short word for that recipe, though: Blecch.

    February 15, 2008

  • 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.

    February 15, 2008

  • The longest excluding chemical names, anyway. Edit: note the disputing threads on the linked page. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_word_in_English notes: 'Some professional dictionary writers regard generic names of chemical compounds as verbal formulae rather than as English words.'

    February 15, 2008

  • There's a limit?! I cry fowl.

    February 15, 2008

  • Too long for a direct Wordie entry, apparently:


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    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

    February 15, 2008