Sign up FAST! Login

The Longest Word in English: 189,819 letters.

Stashed in: Facts, Science!, Best Videos, Factoids

To save this post, select a stash from drop-down menu or type in a new one:

It's the chemical name of titin. It takes 3 and a half hours to read.

See the whole word here:

io9: "Okay, technically the 189,819-letter IUPAC name of titin, the largest known protein which is responsible for passive elasticity of muscle, is a verbal formula rather than an actual word, but it's dizzying to imagine all those syllables tumbling out of a human mouth. Well, now you don't have to imagine it—provided you can sit through more than three hours of this fellow mumbling his seryls and glutamins."


It's freakin hilarious!  

The plant slowly dies throughout the whole thing but the end is the best part... and at the end he gets up right before (presumably) the last few syllables because somebody is coughing in the background and disturbing the sound quality...hah!

If you're going to spend 210 minutes on an activity like this, it helps to have a sense of humor about it. :)

Also, the guy literally grows a beard while reciting the world's longest word.

700+ Reddit comments:

I just can't get enough of this video. 

You May Also Like: