By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 19, 2012
What'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!
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.
Looking forward to your reply!
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