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Pronunciation[edit]

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis It is the longest word in english dictionary which has 45 letters. ===audio==The sound file "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" pronounced the word's ending kon-nahy-oh-sis. I was wondering if I'd been pronouncing it wrong all these years (or at least thinking about it wrong), but I looked it up, and it's supposed to be koh-nee-oh-sis, according to Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. It's a minor point, but since it's explaining how to pronounce the long word, it might as well be correct. I have no complaints about the rest of his pronunciation, just the ending.-- Kevin (talk) 20:25, 16 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Better sound file[edit]

I have created and uploaded a better soundfile, without slowdown on certain syllables (uploaded to Audio file "Pneumonoulthiramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis2.ogg" not found ) AledJames 18:54, 29 May 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sources[edit]

Microsoft Word[edit]

On microsoft word the spell check says that it is spelt pneumonoultamicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis it puts a k on the coniosis part instead of c. Which one is correct. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.115.140.115 (talk) 15:12, 20 September 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

UMWA[edit]

would the UMWA's use of the word at http://www.umwa.org/blacklung/blacklung.shtml be sufficient citation?

One citation is not enough, otherwise many of James Joyce's coinages would be words. Canon 01:54, 29 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Here's a second citation, and it's even from a medical source: http://www.pathology.med.ohio-state.edu/pews/glossary/DisplayGlossaryImage.aspx?Keyword=PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS

I agree that this evidence starts to add up to a case for the word. At this point I'd refer it to the dictionary editors who have dropped the word from their latest editions for reappraisal. Perhaps the word has entered the language as a synonym for "black lung disease," which is not the original meaning, by the way. If so, the route it took is rather twisted, starting as a hoax, passing through the dictionaries, and ending up in the medical literature. Many words get into English in odd ways, so oddness of etymology is not a conclusive criterion for exclusion. The word has been dropped from dictionaries since the 1970s; let's see if it shows up again in the future. Canon 04:40, 31 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

According to http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis , it's still in the 2002 edition of the merriam webster medical dictionary, and definied as "a pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust," which is decently close to it's original meaning. Some indication in the article might be appropriate.

According to http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19980916 , it's also still in the random house dictionary of the english language, albeit marked as a fictitious word.

As I've dug up two innocuous non-dictionary uses of this word, I am editing the page to reflect.

TDOE[edit]

It is the longest word ever to appear in 'the English Dictionary'.
Is that a real book? or just bad grammar? If it exists, it should have a link. jazzle 10:49, 26 April 2006 (UTC) The word is a lung disease, you get from breathing in volcanic ash. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:901:4400:FA40:D900:60A5:75FA:1B3B (talk) 13:27, 14 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Quotation and citation changes[edit]

I changed the interior of the quotes slightly, to better reflect the original sources. For example, Word Play's version of the New York Herald quote uses 103d, not 103rd; those sorts of things shouldn't be changed from within the quote, even if they conflict with normal Wikipedia style guidelines. I also extended the quote from the 1999 OED, and added a more detailed citation (I subscribe to OED online); the quote could be re-shortened if it used "...." at the end, but shouldn't insert a period mid-sentence. I put a 2006 draft OED definition in the same footnote; that could be moved to the lead of the article, to replace the 1999 definition, if people think that would be a better approach. -Agyle 08:07, 8 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Smith credit is theory not fact[edit]

I changed the wording from "Word Ways...revealed in several articles that the word was invented in 1935 by Everett M. Smith..." to "Word Ways...suggests the word was...." My wording might be improved, but my intention was to indicate that Word Ways didn't state for a fact that Smith invented the word, it suggested that he may have ("...it appears that Smith..."). OED online's current definition also seems to share this view, saying it was invented "...(prob. by Everett M. Smith....)" -Agyle 08:07, 8 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Theory or fact[edit]

My edits that Everett Smith's creation of the word is a theory and not a fact were reverted. I agree that this is very likely what happened, but I know of no documented or published reference to support this claim. The reference cited in this article states "However, it appears that Smith did not cite the word, he coined it" after presenting evidence to support just that. Regardless of the probability involved, I was under the impression that if there are no references stating this, then it is not Wikipedia's job to do so. Macduff (talk) 19:05, 13 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The more up-to-date reference that removes the provisional language of the earlier article has been added. Canon (talk) 20:17, 13 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Word's History[edit]

Thanks very much. My other concern is - when did it become general knowledge that the word had this origin? Chris Cole's original article was published in 1989. Is the OED definition that states the word is "facticious" only in post-1989 editions, or is that definition as quoted in the first paragraph of this article also in the 1936 edition? If there is no reference to this that existed pre-1989, I think it worth mentioning that older dictionary entries (and thus the general public) bought into it.Macduff (talk) 21:09, 13 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The skeptical OED definition predates the 1989 article, but someone will have to do some sleuthing to find out if the wording changed after 1936. Canon (talk) 21:20, 13 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Would it be invented anyway[edit]

Humans seem to have a need for this kind of stuff. If pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis wasn't created in the early 20th century then the need for these superlative indications would probably make certain people and enthusiasts to invent some "longest word in the English language". Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis fits the bill perfectly. Most people who realise its length don't even know its meaning!

Long Word![edit]

The name of this specific disease was solely created to be the longest word in the English dictionary. I think that this is just a bad idea. New disease = New longest word in the English dictionary.

Thank you for reading. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Veto Lad (talkcontribs) 17:11, 26 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Critics[edit]

Critics have complained that this word is a technical term (specifically, a medical term), and hence not worthy of consideration as the "longest word in general usage".

critics? of what?! 03:03, May 30, 2004 User:Resister (attrib by Ben Brockert)

of the suggestion that it's the longest word. jazzle 10:49, 26 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

But it is totally valid[edit]

If the word was suggested to at some point be used by the medical profession and, eventually, was adopted by said profession as a word which describes a condition then that only makes the proposal of the word prophetic and not a hoax.

Therefore, while the etymology of the word did not stem from the medical community it was none the less adopted by the medical community and therefore is a completely acceptable word.

Thus I declare the assumption that this word is a hoax to be fallacious.

Valid argument based on incorrect assumptions. Pneumoconiosis is the word used by medical journals and dictionaries. Will Spiller 203.59.123.73 07:07, 26 October 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Will you are wrong. Try Miriam Websters online medical dictionary - and there it is. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.92.230.173 (talk) 19:38, 6 August 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hoax[edit]

The above statement by an anonymous editor that the word has been adopted by the medical community requires some evidence to be believed. Unless some such evidence is forthcoming, the statement in the main article that "some people" disagree that the word is a hoax should be removed as it violates Wikipedia standards for accuracy. Canon 01:57, 4 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Since no one has come forward with evidence of medical usage, I will remove the statement from the main article. Canon 22:33, 10 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That seems correct. OED's Sept 2006 draft update, which I added as a footnote, changed from "occurring chiefly" to "occurring only as an instance of a very long word." A current search of scholar.google.com supports this; it does appear in medical journals, but only to discuss the word itself, not used to describe a condition. -Agyle 07:44, 8 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Regardless if it was a hoax or not, the word is used and appears in several dictionaries. In short, its a valid word. It may have been a hoax or it may not have been, but a new word was "born" either way.

National standards?[edit]

I've removed the claim that the word is used by "brainy children" which allows it to meet "national standards," since the first of these terms is pejorative and no source is provided for the second claim. Also, in order to establish that this is a word, an "innocent" citation must be found, which is a citation in which it is used in a medical context independent of its wordplay characteristics. Canon 20:43, 15 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No idea why "brainy" should be thought pejorative. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.248.248.215 (talk) 13:20, 21 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

In other languages[edit]

I don't understand the list of words in other languages. These seem to be translations of "pneumoconiosis" as opposed to the full 45-letter word (except for the word in Portuguese). Are we to go through Wikipedia and list in every article the translations of the headword into other languages? Canon 15:45, 2 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Someone just shortened one of the words in the "Other languages" table. Clearly this table is confusing. If it is supposed to be transliterations of the 45 letter word into other languages, then it has only one entry and really doesn't deserve to be in the article. If it is supposed to be a list of translations of "pneumoconiosis" (the name of the generic lung condition) then it makes no sense to have it in the article. Unless someone objects, I'll delete it soon. Canon 21:19, 16 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bengali meaning Washimfunnyenglish (talk) 08:41, 16 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Divides into two words?[edit]

"Also, it naturally divides into two words, "pneumonoultramicroscopic" and "silicovolcanoconiosis", because "-ic" is a common suffix that forms adjectives, not an infix that joins combining forms into one word."

It sounds good, but doesn't work. The fact that microscopic is included doesn't mean you can split it into two words, because then the words make no sense. pneumono goes with osis, otherwise you get lungs very extremely small rather than lungs full of very extremely small volcanic silica dust, the disease. --Ben Brockert 03:35, Nov 18, 2004 (UTC)

And what about factitious? a "factitious" word alleged to ..... Aren't all words factitious? Its not like a goat can coin a word in the dictionary. Zeichs 20:23, 24 September 2007 (UTC)ZeichsReply[reply]

Isn't pneumonoultramicroscopic silicovolcanoconiosis two words? I don't see how the claim that it's a single word fits with English morphology. If it's a single word, then so are surrealisticpillow, hollowtree, and longestword. As far as I can see. 81.204.244.56 (talk) 00:56, 27 November 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm new, sorry if I don't comment correctly. Silicosis is not the term for black lung disease, Anthracosis is the term for black lung disease, silicosis is also known as Grinder's disease, and is caused by silica dust or glass in lungs and is different than the coal-dust-caused Black lung disease. BlazeWitch (talk) 16:07, 9 February 2010 (UTC)BlazeWitchReply[reply]


Replace AOL member website as source[edit]

The aol website cited, while quite informative, does not meet WP's reliable sources guidelines. It's a minor point, but if someone can find a better source for the little information attributed to the website, I think it would be good to replace it. -Agyle 08:07, 8 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Integrating pop culture references[edit]

There was a recent "edit war" with someone deleting the pop culture section, and another restoring it. I think the three current examples are specific enough (e.g. stating the episode title) that a proper reference citation could be generated for them. However, WP's guidelines generally suggest trying to integrate such material into the body of the article. I think the Simpson's and Beerfest usages could serve to illustrate usages of the term as a disease in fictional or comedic works, despite its not being used to describe a disease in actual medicine. The Rocket Power usage seems to be using it only as a long, hard-to-spell word, and I don't see that usage as noteworthy, so would favor its deletion. Possible wording to integrate the other two:

While the word is not known to be used to label a disease in medical literature, it has been used for comedic effect in fictional works such as The Simpsons and Beerfest. [Referencing the OED for the first part of the sentence, and referencing the Simpsons episode and Beerfest for the second.]

I'd also mention that it's used in discussions of long words, including in medical literature, to try to clarify the distinction being made in that sentence. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? -Agyle 21:10, 9 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nicely thought-out comments on the pop-culture references. I'd say go ahead and make those edits. - DavidWBrooks 00:25, 10 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Typo? Surely not...[edit]

When I taught myself how to spell this word, back in the late 1970s, it was then most definitely spelt with 44 letters: "pneumonultramicroscopicsilicovolcanaconiosis."

The spelling discussed in this Wikipedia entry, by my reckoning, includes not just one but two typos: the addition of an 'o' after 'pneumon,' and the change of 'volcana' to 'volcano.'

I find it interesting that there's a debate over whether this is a 'real' word: could it be that this argument is grounded in the fact that the 45-letter 'word' "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" is a typo?

The only web reference I can find in support of my claim that this is a typo is at http://www.neophi.com/home/danielr/fun/text/t/trivia_remarks ; the Innerwebz is swamped by references to the version that, in my reality, is a typo. Perhaps this is an example of language evolution? Pendant (talk) 16:20, 24 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Unlikely. Just looking at the 44-letter version, it should be obvious that it cannot be correct. I do not see any errors in the construction of the accepted 45-letter version. 75.210.133.197 (talk) 08:07, 24 May 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The 45-letter version is redundant and an example of extraneous concatenation, but it seems we're all stuck with it:

1. the standard medical prefix is pneumo- not pneumono- which you can confirm by typing pneumono- into your computer's dictionary -- the only result I get is the 45-letter word.
2. siliconiosis is a disease, so why the redundant silico- and then -coniosis at the end? There is no -coniosis suffix.
3. the inserted "scopic" is extraneous after "micro", which is perhaps why some people argued for two separate words.

Chopping all of this extraneous stuff would give us: pneumoultramicrosilicovolcaniosis which preserves the meaning of each component.

Thus 33 letters which probably would have sufficed as longest when Smith concocted this word as a parody. It's tempting to say he didn't know affixes, but perhaps the redundancy seemed like a good way to enhance his satire. Contrast his inefficiency with antidisestablishmentarianism which concisely contracts "sabbatarianism" for its final component.

As for its usage, I have read some years ago that it was adopted as medical terminology to describe a lung ailment common in regions where volcanic dust is an ongoing hazard. Martindo (talk) 07:29, 28 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pig Latin[edit]

Wouldn't the pig latin version of this word, Eumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosispnay be longer? --Luke Farrelly-Spain (talk) 17:59, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, but it's Pig Latin, not English, and thus irrelevant. Also, this is only longer because in Pig Latin, you add 2 letters (a, y) to the end of a word after repostioning the first consonant sound. I also believe that since the n is silet, it should remain at the front of the word. 24.10.238.176 (talk) 18:05, 24 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Rejected. However, the n is not silent. Luke is free to start a Pig Latin wiki if he desires. 75.210.133.197 (talk) 08:19, 24 May 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

vandalism[edit]

"The 66-letter word was coined to serve as the longest English word and is[1] the longest word ever to appear in an English language dictionary.

tell me this is vandalism, or that this isn't wikipedia. Twipley (talk) 02:57, 3 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If you see vandalism, you can revert it without discussion. Discussion is only needed in extreme cases, when you need an admin to protect/semi-protect the article. There was language, a change in the numerical facts, and general vandalism, which is why the article has now been converted to semi-protected. Please do not repost the vandalism. 24.10.238.176 (talk) 18:07, 24 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Coniosis?[edit]

I move that we zap the ...also spelled Coniosis.. bit. Coniosis is a generalized term meaning the disease from inhaling of dust. Pneumo.....iosis refers specifically to inhalation of silica dust.--Anna Frodesiak (talk) 13:49, 4 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

wow —Preceding unsigned comment added by 167.93.22.67 (talk) 18:37, 7 October 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Merge[edit]

Am planning on merging and redirecting this term into silicosis as that is the more common term. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 17:02, 17 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No, no, no, no, no. (in short: no.) That's not something to do on a whim; Put a merge tag on the story and wait for discussion. Many people, including me, will disagree, since "pneumon ... osis" is much better known and has a quirky history. - DavidWBrooks (talk) 17:08, 17 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Few people come to this article looking for the medical condition. It is disputed whether this is a name used by the medical profession for any medical condition, and even if it is, it is not the same as silicosis since by coinage it involves only silica from volcanoes. One could argue that this is too specialized to be useful to the medical profession, but that just argues that the word is not used by the medical profession. By far the most common use of this word is as the longest word in English. That it does not refer to any actual medical condition, or that it refers to a medical condition that is too specialized to be recognized as a separate condition by the medical profession, is irrelevent. Unicorns do not exist either. A merger is with a non-synonymous entry is contrary to WP policy. Canon (talk) 20:51, 17 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You should repeat this at Talk:Silicosis, where the merge discussion is supposed to be happening. - DavidWBrooks (talk) 21:11, 17 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That confuses me. Shouldn't the argument be on the talk page of the entry that is in danger of going away? Canon (talk) 22:54, 17 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well I guess one issue is that it is tagged with WP:MED and only WP:MED which of course is how i came upon it. If it is a subtype of silicosis if should be discussed on that page. If it is notable only for being the longest word in the English language maybe it should be moved to that page. I agree that it has little medical notability. Maybe we should just removed the WP:MED tag. Retag it with a WP:ENGLISH tag and all will be happy. The Wiki Med editors will wonder off :-) Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:55, 17 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The logic of the situation is a bit subtle. Some medical professionals do not want this word listed as a medical condition because it is too long and too specialized and its origins were not within the medical profession. Some recreational linguists do want this word listed as a medical condition because they have some evidence that it has been used as such and they fear if it is not so listed it will be removed from dictionaries. Removing the WP:MED tag will please the first group and annoy the second group. Listing the word as a species or synonym of silicosis will not make anyone happy. Canon (talk) 22:54, 17 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I looked through the page and do not see any medical references only linguistic ones. If this is to stay part of WP:MED we need medical references that verify it inclusion in medicine IMO. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:05, 17 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
According to the second reference it is listed in the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary. Canon (talk) 05:11, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is unnotable for the medicine project but notable for linguistics. I would simply eliminate most medical content, and eliminate the tag from the project, leaving most linguistic info. --Garrondo (talk) 10:16, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That makes sense to me. If people want to learn about the disease, silicosis is linked. - DavidWBrooks (talk) 14:18, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done. Canon (talk) 14:39, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(Undent) Sounds reasonable. Have removed the WP:MED tag. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:56, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I had added the disease section to keep the article from being labeled a stub. If you're going to remove that much information on a whim, you should do your part and replace it with something you feel is more proper. Perhaps the best action would have been to merely remove the WP:MED tag... --TheBigGnome —Preceding unsigned comment added by Thebiggnome (talkcontribs) 19:16, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The medical project objected that the medical information was inaccurate, in the sense that the word is not used and the information given was appropriate to the silicosis article only and hence this article was best merged into that one. So the linguists agreed to remove it. Others might like this article merged into the longest word in English article, but the major contributors to that article have felt that the specific origin of this word is better split off into this separate article. Canon (talk) 21:23, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It sounds like this is sort of a subpage of the longest word. A number of us at WT:MED though it would be best to merge with that page for what it is worth.[1] If you can find medical references to support that this is used by the medical community would be happy to relook at things. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:44, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Here's one recent usage: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/volcanic-ash-can-severely-damage-your-lungs/article1542467/ Thebiggnome (talk) 22:20, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
and another in the field of medical transcription: http://accurapid.com/journal/52abbreviations.htm Thebiggnome (talk) 22:26, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sorry I should clarify as in a journal article from pubmed. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:31, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
British Medical Journal, April 2010, http://www.ep.bmj.com/content/95/2/34.abstract Thebiggnome (talk) 23:35, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Where is the word in this reference? A subscription is required to read the entire article. If it is in the British Medical Journal it is in current professional medical usage. Speaking now as a linguist as opposed to a medical professional, the two previous references show that it is in current usage in a non-professional medical context, which is probably why it is listed in the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary. Canon (talk) 18:55, 19 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit request from 208.83.123.136, 10 October 2010[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}} Thw word is spelled wrong.IT is actually spelled Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis.

208.83.123.136 (talk) 20:59, 10 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Thanks, Stickee (talk) 21:56, 10 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit request from 96.225.150.231, 18 January 2011[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}}

word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused--- there is a extra apostpohy it need to be remover from this sentence 96.225.150.231 (talk) 04:36, 18 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not done: that's not an apostrophe, it's an opening single quotation mark. Thanks, Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:13, 18 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It has 45 letters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jennykhanhle (talkcontribs) 00:13, 21 March 2011 (UTC) I know how to spell it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 45 letters, the longest word in the english language! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.165.73.246 (talk) 21:40, 12 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit request from Deltachief666, 26 September 2011[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}} There is another, unmentioned, Cultural Reference that I thought should be added to the page. In The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's first book, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, they make reference to pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. In chapter 6, page 129 of the book, they joke about words to include in a campaign speech and under the 'Extra Credit' section they have humorous words, among which is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Deltachief666 (talk) 21:03, 26 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

In my humble opinon, a single mention in a printed book isn't worth them - however, some of the other cultural referenes are pretty weak, too. - DavidWBrooks (talk) 21:17, 26 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Per the above; can't see it helps understand this article, so - not done; discuss further here if you wish  Chzz  ►  04:07, 28 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Professor Green - D.P.M.O[edit]

This word also features as the first lyric of the song D.P.M.O by Professor Green; which is featured on his brand new album - At Your Inconvenience

Reference to OED[edit]

The present text states that the OED defines pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis as being "a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs." It does no such thing. It describes it as an invented word alleged to have that definition. This is a very different thing. The Oxford Dictionary of English goes further, stating that the disease meeting that definition is properly known as silicosis. I feel this ought to be changed, as the text presently both misrepresents the content of the reference, and suggests that the word is the name of a disease rather than an invented long word. Ché (talk) 21:39, 2 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Update: have made said change Ché (talk) 21:46, 2 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was the one who added the OED Online reference you removed, in this 2007 update. While you attributed the OED, what you cited was the grossly dumbed-down free version of the Oxford Dictionaries website. The OED seems the better source, with a scholarly definition, but if we're relying on the OD, its current version has a different definition than what you quoted. I'm changing the lede to match the material from the cited source. Agyle (talk) 07:54, 28 February 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Removing cultural references[edit]

There was only one citation in the cultural references section, and it did not verify the claim that was made.

While this is a light-hearted topic, Wikipedia still requires information to have citations to published, reliable sources (WP:RS) so that it can be verified as factual. I think primary sources are ok to cite here, if it's properly verified and cited. A proper citation should include the time (at least roughly) in the video, song, or other published recording in which the word is used, as well as author, publisher, and that sort of thing. If you're not sure how to format the citation, you can put the info here, or include all the info as your best guess, and someone else can fix the details.

If you want to try and find published recordings to cite from the section I removed, try these:

Someone changed one of the cultural references today to say that Buddy Hacket used the term in 1964 rather than 1965; there was no citation to support either. All I can find is a detailed fan site that shows Hacket wasn't a guest on the show in 1964, that Morey Ambsterdam used the term in epsisode 670 in 1965, and someone's personal blog claiming Hacket used it in 1965 (which may be where Wikipedia's claim came from, or maybe the blog was based on Wikipedia's claim). Hacket was on a few episodes (663, 664, 697, 698) in 1965, so it may well have been used on one of those as well.

Agyle (talk) 06:46, 28 February 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2016[edit]

Page currently says the word was invented in 2016. Someone is an impressive fortune teller. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wrerskine (talkcontribs) 14:19, 27 January 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Longer word?[edit]

this is not long word rather the real ever long word is cycliclastroufraguilopscnoudwechiccinaufiblation — Preceding unsigned comment added by 112.133.237.52 (talk) 18:34, 19 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tone?[edit]

@Streetfog: added a "tone" hatnote to this article - one of those vague tags that is (IMHO) useless because it provides no guidance as to what the editor thinks is wrong.

The tone seems fine to me, suitably encyclopedia-ic. Without some discussion detailing concerns, there's no way to respond to the tag. I think it should be removed without more information. - DavidWBrooks (talk) 16:14, 13 September 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DavidWBrooks, The account has been blocked as compromised. It's possible the addition of the tag was vandalism. Adam9007 (talk) 18:02, 13 September 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah ... that explains why the account left a very aggressive comment on my talk page. - DavidWBrooks (talk) 23:58, 13 September 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

History of Word[edit]

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a special lung disease. Contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles, specifically from a volcano; medically, it is the same as silicosis.

What is the longest word in the world that takes 3 hours to say? You will be surprised to know that the longest word in English has 1,89,819 letters and will take you 3 and an half hours to say.

The longest word in any given language. The disease can cause some death! SO BE CAREFUL!!!! 166.216.159.173 (talk) 01:06, 25 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Poo[edit]

Pee 2603:8000:FE02:83F2:F120:4F7E:2716:FF3C (talk) 01:31, 15 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vandalism Occurred[edit]

This article (not the talk page) has been vandalized ("stupid") and needs fixing. Repeater-reclaim (talk) 23:30, 11 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done. Nardog (talk) 23:35, 11 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis[edit]

English 103.159.26.78 (talk) 04:46, 14 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Zero-width spaces in pronunciation?[edit]

The spacing of the introduction is pretty ugly in the mobile app. The IPA overflows past the right edge of the screen and leaves a big gap in the line above it. Tried putting zero-width spaces before every primary and secondary stress but the way the IPA is formatted it doesn't accept the spaces as valid characters. Is there a way around this? Behss (talk) 04:54, 22 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia is not a dictionary[edit]

The article talks more about the word than the disease. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia٫ and that isn't what an encyclopedia does. This article feels more like it belongs in a dictionary than in an encyclopedia. GenZenny (talk) 17:08, 24 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Delete article[edit]

Wikipedia is not a dictionary, and this article is written like one GenZenny (talk) 01:20, 26 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Does a second pronunciation really need to be added?[edit]

I noticed that at the end of the introduction, someone added how to pronounce the word.... But we already have a pronunciation in the first sentence. Should this be removed? Club On a Sub 20 (talk) 15:10, 20 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Club On a Sub 20: most likely not. It's a non standardised pronunciation and doesn't add anything to the IPA pronunciation at the start. I would support removing it. Schminnte (talk contribs) 15:21, 20 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
alright then, will do. Club On a Sub 20 (talk) 14:07, 21 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]