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Friday, August 30, 2013

The longest word in the English langage that is not a place...

Antidisestablishmentarianism (listen to British sample , American sample ) is a political position that originated in 19th-century Britain in opposition to proposals for the disestablishment of the Church of England, that is, to remove the Anglican Church's status as the state church of England, Ireland, and Wales. (Source: Wikipedia).

The establishment was maintained in England, but in Ireland the Church of Ireland (Anglican) was disestablished in 1871. In Wales, four Church of England dioceses were disestablished in 1920, subsequently becoming the Church in Wales.

The question of disestablishment of the Church of England is still current, often tied with the position of the English monarch as "Supreme Governor" of the Church (see Act of Settlement 1701). Those who wish to continue the establishment of the Church of England are referred to as Antidisestablishmentarians.[1]

[edit] Word length

The word is often referenced in English-speaking popular culture on account of its unusual length of 28 letters and 12 syllables. It is one of the longest words in the English language.[2] It is commonly believed to be the longest word in English found in major dictionaries (www.oxforddictionary.com), excluding coined and technical terms.[2] A slightly longer but less commonly accepted variant of the word can be found in the Duke Ellington song "You're Just an Old Antidisestablishmentarianismist"[3] although the correct construction of that word would be "antidisestablishmentarianist" (without the "ism") or "antidisestablishmentarian".
The word construction is as follows (the numbers succeeding the word refer to the number of letters in the word):
establish (9)
to set up, put in place, or institute (originally from the Latin stare, to stand)
dis-establish (12)
to end the established status of a body, in particular a church, given such status by law, such as the Church of England
disestablish-ment (16)
the separation of church and state (specifically in this context it is the political movement of the 1860s in Britain)
anti-disestablishment (20)
opposition to disestablishment
antidisestablishment-ary (23)
of or pertaining to opposition to disestablishment
antidisestablishmentari-an (25)
an opponent of disestablishment
antidisestablishmentarian-ism (28)
the movement or ideology that opposes disestablishment

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember hearing this on a television show. Like one of those cartooned shows that are like Family Guy. That is how I knew that when I started reading it!!!
I really do learn a lot from cartoons....


Nicole Baxter
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Sabrina said...

I have always been very good at spelling, and this word was actually an extra extra credit, one-shot optional word on s spelling test I had in ninth grade... If you spelled it right, you passed the whole test with 100%!
I was one of two kids to spell it right, and am still proud of it today! Luckily antidisestablishmentarianism is one of those words that is spelled almost exactly how it sounds.

Anonymous said...

Words like these really aren't worth me reading. Like um.... is that really necessary? Let's just call it something else for short. Not to sound lazy or anything, but spelling and long english words aren't my favorite :)
Breanna Linsley
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