World's Longest English Word Is 189,819 Letters: VIDEO

Via Joe.My.God comes this video of the world's longest word, which takes about 3.5 hours to say and is 189,819 letters. Boiled down, it's the chemical name for the protein titin.

If you have some time to kill, watch it being read AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. emmmm... why?

    Posted by: Dave | Nov 18, 2012 2:47:12 PM

  2. Hum, could someone tells me the difference between world's longest English word and,well, longest English word, please ? Thanks :)

    Posted by: oakpope | Nov 18, 2012 2:49:33 PM

  3. Uffff Belonsky!

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 18, 2012 3:11:23 PM

  4. There is, of course, no "longest" English word; just add another amino acid to the protein and the word that describes it is longer than the previous "longest" word.

    And the difference between the "world's longest English word" and the "longest English word" seems to be that the former is pronounced with a Slavic accent.

    Posted by: Vint | Nov 18, 2012 3:14:48 PM

  5. @oakpope lol

    Posted by: phil | Nov 18, 2012 3:32:17 PM

  6. If the word is in English, why does he sound Russian?

    Posted by: phil | Nov 18, 2012 3:33:19 PM

  7. We should have a category for the longest non-scientific English word.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 18, 2012 3:46:16 PM

  8. I didn't realize someone runs more fast-and-loose with the definition of the word, "word," than Oxford!

    P.S. Has anyone sat through all 3 and a half hours of that?

    Posted by: Garst | Nov 18, 2012 3:57:29 PM

  9. You can compose a longer word from a telephone directory.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 18, 2012 5:10:42 PM

  10. I love how at 2:09, the flower dies...

    Posted by: tp | Nov 18, 2012 6:37:13 PM

  11. Hmmmm, so what's its translation in French ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 18, 2012 6:47:39 PM

  12. Is there any logical reason for this?

    Posted by: Kyle M. Sullivan | Nov 18, 2012 6:54:10 PM

  13. And if you play it backwards it turns into the entire Beatles catalogue ;)

    Posted by: Joseph L. | Nov 18, 2012 8:22:45 PM

  14. @TP: I wondered when that would happen. How did you last that long?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 18, 2012 8:30:06 PM

  15. @ TP :

    That's 2hrs 9mins 27 seconds !
    I thought you meant 2min 09 secs !!!!!!!

    I did skip ahead to the ending.....the excitement was too much for me.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 18, 2012 8:40:22 PM

  16. A strand of DNA written out in English would be billions of letters. Pi written out in English would be an infinity of letters. In general, usage determines validity. You need to find a reference to the word in a non-referential source. For example, in a scientific article and not in an encyclopedia or dictionary.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 18, 2012 9:37:02 PM

  17. Let's put S Palin to work on this. She needs something to keep her occupied.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Nov 18, 2012 9:52:34 PM

  18. Once he gets into the rhythm he sounds just like a didgeridoo.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 18, 2012 11:35:37 PM

  19. Oh, I didn't watch the whole thing, when I skipped to the end, I noticed the plant was curious when it happened!

    Posted by: tp | Nov 19, 2012 12:04:57 PM

  20. Those spelling B kids better hope this word doesn't come up on the competition.

    Posted by: Art | Nov 19, 2012 6:20:08 PM

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