The longest word has 172 letters and was concocted by Aristophanes

30 September 2018
196 Views

Aristophanes was undoubtedly one of the most significant ancient writers and playwrights in western literature. His witty dialogues and often coarse language challenged the Athenian establishment and the core values of his day. He was a master wordsmith which can easily be seen in his concoction of what is considered to be the longest word in fiction.

It is “plaLopado­temacho­selacho­galeo­kranio­leipsano­drim­hypo­trimmato­silphio­parao­melito­katakechy­meno­kichl­epi­kossypho­phatto­perister­alektryon­opte­kephallio­kigklo­peleio­lagoio­siraio­baphe­tragano­pterygon” and is a fictional dish mentioned in his comedy “Assemblywomen”.

It is a transliteration of the Ancient Greek word λοπαδο­τεμαχο­σελαχο­γαλεο­κρανιο­λειψανο­δριμ­υπο­τριμματο­σιλφιο­καραβο­μελιτο­κατακεχυ­μενο­κιχλ­επι­κοσσυφο­φαττο­περιστερ­αλεκτρυον­οπτο­κεφαλλιο­κιγκλο­πελειο­λαγῳο­σιραιο­βαφη­τραγανο­πτερύγων. Liddell & Scott (LSJ) translate this as “name of a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, flesh, fowl, and sauces.”

The Greek word has 172 letters and 78 syllables. The transliteration has 182 Latin characters. It is the longest word ever to appear in literature according to Guinness World Records.

You may be interested

Rubicon storms Swiss embassy
GREECE
shares21 views
GREECE
shares21 views

Rubicon storms Swiss embassy

makis - Feb 18, 2019

Rubicon stormed the Embassy of Switzerland, at Iasiou Street 2 in Kolonaki earlier this morning. According to information, the members…

Did Minister Polakis hide income or did he lie?
POLITICS
shares20 views
POLITICS
shares20 views

Did Minister Polakis hide income or did he lie?

makis - Feb 18, 2019

The exclusive report in Proto Thema on Sunday, revealing that Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis was granted a consumer loan…

“Athens is one of the last cities in Europe that can still be old, weird & chaotic”
GREECE
shares901 views
GREECE
shares901 views

“Athens is one of the last cities in Europe that can still be old, weird & chaotic”

Panos - Feb 18, 2019

At a time when the mainstream narrative is all about how Greece’s ‘best and brightest’ minds have been fleeing the…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.