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Guardian
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quote:
Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaenskajuetenklinenputzergehilf.
*grin* If I presume that 'klinen' should be 'klinken', then that means: 'door knob cleaning assistent to a captain of the steamboat company on the river Danube'. And it is very correctly one word.

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The longest one I've ever seen is

methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalan
ylalanylglutaminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycyla
lanylphenylalanylvalylprolylphenylalanylyalylthreonylleucylglycyl
aspartylprolylglycylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylserylleucyllysylis
oleucylaspartylthreonylleucylisoleucylglutamylalanylglycylalanyl
aspartylalanylleucylglutamylleucylglycylisoleucylprolylphenylala
nylserylaspartylprolylleucylalanylaspartylglycylprolylthreonylisol
eucylglutaminylasparaginylalanylthreonylleucylarginylalanylphe
nylalanylalanylalanylglycylvalylthreonylprolylalanylglutaminylcys
teinylphenylalanylglutamylmethionylleucyalanylleucylisoleucylar
ginylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthreonylisoleucylprolylisoleucyl
glycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparaginylleucylvalylphe
nylalanylasparaginyllysylglycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylphenylala
nyltyrosylalanylglutaminylcysteinylglutamyllysylyalylglycylvalylas
partylserylvalylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalylprolylvalylglutaminyl
glutamylserylalanylprolylphenylalanylarginylglutaminylalanylalan
ylleucylarginylhistidylasparaginylvalylalanylprolylisoleucylphenyl
alanylisoleucylcysteinylprolylprolylaspartylalanylaspartylaspartyla
spartylleucylleucylarginyiglutaminylisoleucylalanylseryltyrosylgly
cylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucylleucylserylarginylalany
lglycylvalylthreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginylarginylalanylal
anylleucylprolylleucylasparaginylhistidylleucylvalylalanyllysylleuc
yllysylglutamyltyrosylasparaginylalanylalanylprolylprolylleucylglu
taminylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylserylalanylprolylaspartyl
glutaminylvalyllysylalanylalanylisoleucylaspartylalanylglycylalanyl
alanylglycylalanylisoleucylserylglycylserylalanylisoleucylvalyllysyli
soleucylisoleucylglutamylglutaminylhistidylasparaginylisoleucylgl
utamylprolylglutamyllysylmethionylleucylalanylalanylleucyllysylv
alylphenylalanylvalylglutaminylprolylmethionyllysylalanylalanylth
reonylarginylserine


It's the chemical name for tryptophan synthetase A protein.

Now, just to give some more useful words, I offer up

hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian -pertaining to a very, very long word

and

quasihemidemisemiquaver -a 128th note, according to British musical notation

And for all of these words, blame the person who gave me Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposturous Words.

[ Tuesday, December 20, 2005 15:24: Message edited by: Automated Posting Unit AL0-335 ]

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please, linespaces. *watches his browser shatter with horizontal scrollbars*

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Law Bringer
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You'll notice that I already posted tryptophan synthetase A without posting the entire thing, which still isn't a word.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalia is another construct, but it contains the real long (though not record-breaking) word sesquipedalian, which means either a long word or tending to use such words.

I've seen semihemidemisemiquaver more often (it's relative...) than quasi-, and hemidemisemiquaver is the only one I've ever seen used seriously (old manuscript), butyes, it's a real word. On the other hand, it doesn't quite count, because you can keep adding halving prefixes until your musicians quit on you.

—Alorael, who has played exactly one piece with 128th notes. It was not especially fast, because the rest of the piece was extraordinarily slow, but it was still fun to see the notes and how many bars can be crammed into one place.
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quote:
Originally written by Automated Posting Unit AL0-335:

the real long (though not record-breaking) word sesquipedalian, which means either a long word or tending to use such words.
Well, it literally means "having one and a half feet", the idea being that the words to which you're applying it would be one and a half feet long if written out.

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Off With Their Heads
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I really want that to have some sort of metrical origin, but it can't possibly. How disappointing.

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Law Bringer
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Let's not start taking English too literally. Then we'd have to worry about the implications of rape and rapture having the same etymological root. Is the Bible hiding something?

—Alorael, who is now getting distinct Cthulhu/Arctic feelings from the New Testament.
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Off With Their Heads
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It's not the NT's fault! It was written in Greek. It was those darn Latin-speaking Romans who made rapture and rape both come from rapio.

Then again, it was the Greeks who decided to turn nearly every vowel sound into I, so they're linguistically culpable in other ways.

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Arancaytar: Every time you ask people to compare TM and Kel, you endanger the poor, fluffy kittens.
Smoo: Get ready to face the walls!
Ephesos: In conclusion, yarr.

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Law Bringer
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Oh, sure. Now you're claiming that translation can introduce changes that call the absolute, verbatim veracity of the Bible into question. It's too much!

—Alorael, who simpli can't biliive that anione could make such a mistake. It contridicts the will of G_d!
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I'm glad I'm limiting words in Jahas to just four syllables. Except maybe for technology, medicine, and science, but I'm not going to use those, so I don't have to make them up.

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What? Don't you make up your own languages too?
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