One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England.
- ‘Those who opposed disestablishmentarians, and there were many, particularly in Ireland and Wales, were thus supporters of antidisestablishmentarianism.’
Antidisestablishmentarianism is very occasionally found in genuine use, but it is most often cited as an example of a very long word. Other similar curiosities are floccinaucinihilipilification and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (the longest word in this dictionary). The longest word to be encountered in Britain is the Welsh place name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, which is generally abbreviated to Llanfair PG; this name was created in the 19th century
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