What Is So Difficult About Relationships?

What Is So Difficult About Relationships?

Sunday, October 7, 2012
| Mark 10:2-16

We just found a new, long word that's incredibly hard to pronounce. Could it be that there are some shorter words just as hard to say?

Quiz time. Today's question: What is the longest word in the English language?

If you're one of those Trivial Pursuit wizard types, you'll likely come up with the word that's been the gold standard of long words: Antidisestablishmentarianism. At 28 letters, that's a mouthful, and while many might know the word, fewer will know its definition as "the belief that opposes removing the tie between church and state." It's not exactly a word used in everyday conversation, but it's in the dictionary and would make a killer point-getter in Scrabble.

But is that really the longest word? Not exactly. People who spend time poring over such things point out that there are chemical names that are a lot longer than that, including names of proteins that have more than a thousand letters (try that in your spell-check) and place names like the 85-letter name of a hill (try fitting that on your GPS!). Most word nerds, however, tend to only count words that show up in a major dictionary as candidates...

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