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A Man Pronounces the Longest Word in the World

December 13, 2012 | by

If you so choose, watch one Dmitry Glubovskyi pronouncing the longest word in the world, the 189,819-letter chemical name for titin (which is, appropriately enough, the largest protein in the world). Warning: it takes three hours. To quote the Daily News, “It gets really good at the 1:32:54 mark, when a pack of corgis invades.” We’ll take their word for it.

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  1. Smartypants | December 14, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I hate to be an asshole, but this is sort of silly. Most people don’t acknowledge chemical names because they can be so absurdly long. But beyond that, the actual name of titin would not really be this. This is just a list of all the amino acids that compose the protein. But in reality, chemically, it almost surely has all sorts of other stuff in it. So this is only the chemical name for the amino acid backbone of titin, and the actual chemical name for a titin molecule with all of the things that it has on it would be probably much longer and also silly because only some of the titin at any given time would have that. Further, probably there is a chemical name for a DNA strand that is much much longer – so long that it could not be pronounced in many lifetimes. DNA strands can be extremely long, and to my knowledge are the longest strands of molecules and also the largest. So if you were to do this, only with chains of nucleotides instead of the amino acids, then of course it would be extremely long. So by this logic since you can always make the chain of DNA longer, or the protein chain more complex by adding side chains, there can be no longest word this way, and that is why the longest word is always a name that is not of a chemical..

    That having been said, it is sort of entertaining. There weren’t any corgis at 1:32:54

  2. Kiko | December 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    The flowers wilted.

  3. Dennis | December 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Not sure why you hate being an asshole, Smartypants, when you’re so damn good at it!

  4. bob | December 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

    @Smartypants

    Whoooooooosh.

  5. Jane Skinner | January 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Goodness! I always thought it was antidisestablishmentarianism.

  6. Somebody | January 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

    He stumbles a little bit at 58:47. DISQUALIFIED!

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