Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia


Tori Spelling in a bikini

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words and you can Google it if you think I am making this up. I saw it on Yahoo today and was happy I wasn’t required to learn to spell this word in school as I might have died from it.

By now everybody knows the longest word in the dictionary is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis which is 45 letters long and the second longest is our friend hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, which has 35 letters. Long words are nothing new to modern man as some websites have long but meaningful names such as trinidadcarnivalpictures.com. Some people also have long names such as the fast bowler Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas aka Chaminda Vaas. But then there is Nomatophobia, which is the fear of names, even short names  like Vaas, I suppose.

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