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The Longest Words Ever Spoken

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

March 19, 2012

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Sheep saying LlanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochWhat's the longest word or name you have every had to pronounce?

Of the words you've come across, surely one sticks out as being the longest, most challenging word you have ever spoken.

I'm curious to hear what word stands out in your memory as the looooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnngest word you have ever seen in a voice over script or have had to say.

Comment with your longest word ever and join the conversation!

Polysyllabic Mouthfuls

When chatting with one of the staff here at Voices.com, I happened to hear one of the longest words I have ever encountered. Our discussion was about Wales. The word in question, rather the name of a place, was Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The English translation is "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave."

The name of this place takes just under 5 seconds to say. Try saying that three times fast let alone slowly once!

Wikipedia cites that Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a large village and community on the island of Anglesey in Wales, situated on the Menai Strait next to the Britannia Bridge and across the strait from Bangor. This village has the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest place names in the world.

I'm sure that you've come across words that have left you a little more than tongue tied at a first attempt. If you've ever voiced a medical narration, about pharmaceuticals or anything complex in the realm of science, these kinds words are no stranger to you.

What Are The Longest Words or Names You've Ever Said?

Looking forward to your reply!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Comments


    It made me sad to learn that Llanfair PG's large moniker was actually artificially contrived as a publicity stunt in the 1860s to bestow upon the station the honour of having the longest name of any railway station in Britain. (Also that, since the double Ls are a single letter in Welsh they only count 1 per pair making the word a mere 51 letters long.)

    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis is another long one we used to trot out as kids. Again, it is unfortunately not a "true" contender, since it is a contrived name from 1935, invented for the annual meeting of the National Puzzler's League the and meaning "a special form of silicosis caused by ultra-microscopic particles of silica volcanic dust".)

    Antidisestablishmentarianism is, as far as I know, the longest word that is a. in English, b. not coined just to be a long word, c. not a technical/medical term.

    My personal favourite is still the Welsh one of course :-)

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      Disadvantageously is fun, and then of course methylchloroisothiazolinone which is commonly found on the back of shampoo bottles. Never had to say it for a piece, but that doesn't mean I haven't said it hahah.

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      • Steve
      • March 20, 2012 12:16 AM

        XEOMIN IncobotulinumtoxinA!

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          Oh, and won't you please send us the phonetic pronunciation of

          Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis

          and

          Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch??

          Tx!

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            Here's a word I learned when I was in the eight grade. I loved going around and impressing my friends by saying it. By the way, it's a disease that miners sometimes get caused by the inhalation of fine silica dust ! Cheers !

            Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

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            • Bob Jordan
            • March 20, 2012 11:05 AM

              "Flaucinaucinihilipilification." Or an estimation of something as worthless.

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              • JW
              • March 20, 2012 11:05 AM

                I had a Welsh teacher in elementary school that used to say that he was from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. It always made us laugh because it sounded so funny and we thought he was making it up. Now I know that place DOES exist. :) Pronounced:
                lan fair pul guin gil go jerih werndro fullanty siliogo go goh (if I remember correctly...it was a looooonnnggg time ago.)

                Does supercalifrachilisticexpialidocious count as a word? lol

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                • Alice K
                • March 20, 2012 11:57 AM

                  I've been to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch! I heard the correct pronunciation from the Welsh bus driver of our tour. Don't ask me to try and pronounce it again though!

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                  • Maxwell Glick
                  • March 20, 2012 3:28 PM

                    As kids we used to play with Konstantynopolitanczykowianeczka which is the name of a very young girl inhabitant of Constantinople City (in Polish of course).

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                    • Chris
                    • March 27, 2012 4:19 AM

                      The pronunciation of Llanfair PG is available on its wiki page

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (also has a listen link to hear it said)

                      LL is one letter (a "voiceless alveolar lateral fricative") pronounced kind of like the thl sound in bathless.

                      CH is like in loch (scottish) or nicht (german)

                      Those are really the only hard bits - the rest is just (using # for LL, X for ch and all Gs are hard like in game)

                      #an vire / pu# / gwin gi# / go-gerri / Xwir-n / dro-bu# / #an-ti-sil-i-oh / go-go-goX

                      (Seriously, its easier to just listen to the wiki article link!!)

                      Pneumono...sis is just a compound of pneumono-ultra-microscopic-silico-volcano-coniosis, so it is something like:

                      new-moh-noh / ul-tra / mic-ro-scop-ic / sil-i-co / vol-cay-no / koh-nee-oh-sis

                      I can't type IPA on this keyboard unfortunately.

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