dictionary PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS (45 letters; a lung disease caused by breathing in certain particles) is the longest word in any English-language dictionary. (It is also spelled -koniosis.) 020214
(useless?) information On Feb. 23, 1935, the New York Herald-Tribune reported on page 3:

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis succeeded electrophotomicrographically as the longest word in the English language recognized by the National Puzzlers' League at the opening session of the organization's 103d semi-annual meeting held yesterday at the Hotel New Yorker.
The puzzlers explained that the forty-five-letter word is the name of a special form of silicosis caused by ultra-microscopic particles of siliceous volcanic dust.

The word appears in the 1936 Supplement to OED1, the OED2, the addendum to W2 (spelled -koniosis), W3 (spelled -coniosis), RHUD2, and Chambers.
The OED2 has:

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (-koniosis), a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust' but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word.
1936 F. Scully Bedside Manna 87 *Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanakoniosis [sic], a disease caused by ultra-microscopic particles of sandy volcanic dust, might give even him laryngitis.
1966 Word Study Oct. 7/2 The resources of Greek have enriched the modern world as well as the ancient one. Perhaps this is most dramatically illustrated by the longest and most fantastic word now in an English dictionary (the Merriam-Websterís great Unabridged) which is forty-five letters in length: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis,..meaning 'a disease of the lungs caused by extremely small particles of ash and dust'.
1973 R. Megarry Second Miscellany-at-Law 160 It has been said that 'floccinaucinihilipilification' is the longest word in the English language... The wordís proud title must yield to some technical terms, such as pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis.
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I conjecture that this "word" was coined by word puzzlers, who then worked assiduously to get it into the major unabridged dictionaries (perhaps with a wink from the editors?) to put an end to the endless squabbling about what is the longest word.
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food for thought
TurdFerguson I had to write this word 100 times because I got in trouble in computer class 030315
lani aand jesse yup... just as i supected 040406
lani and jesse oops 040406
kookaburra the word for the phobia of long words is Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.

thats somemore to think about
dudeinanigloo *stares at screen, blinks, scratches head*

My brain hurts...
magdalena Thank you dictionary..
I feel much more enlightended now...
I never thought to read one myself..
Instead I prefer to waste my time getting drunk and talking to all these boring ass people on blather...

hahahahahaha.... yeah ....whatever...
minnesota_chris it's also a word that was created for the express purpose of being the longest word. It isn't really used. Just like floccinaucinihilipilification, which was also created to annoy functional-based linguists like me. 040521
lauren. that's just not true, i use it all the time on english essays. 050125
u24 shit, kookaburra, it really is. I didn't believe you so I checked on

Smat Lolz long word 060504
Seraphmodel.03 ibelieveitiscausedddd

by breathing in fine quartz dust

i knew that from my general knowledge, how sad am I :S

also from my general knowledge, i know that a standard gold ball has 365 indentations on its surface
blather spell check golf 060504
epitome of incomprehensibility I wouldn't mind a golf ball made of gold, myself. Give me one and I'll make up a 50-letter word for it. 060505
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