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    What's the longest Russian word?

    Just wondering what's the longest Russian word that you know of. So far I've found the word "достопримечательность", which in the tourism industry is a common and important word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Wow, the Russian wiki is really thorough. The longest word that's used with any degree of frequency is человеконенавистничество a 24 letter word meaning hatred of mankind. Emmmmmm, not such a nice word after all.
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    And in English:

    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (technical term) - a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust causing inflammation in the lungs

    Floccinaucinihilipilification (non-technical, coined) - the act of describing something as worthless

    Antidisestablishmentarianism (neither technical nor coined)

    Honorificabilitudinitatibus (longest word shakespeare ever used) - the state of being able to achieve honors

    Of course, you could make these words longer by agglutination, adding more suffixes and so on.

    So you could say floccinaucinihilipilificationismificationismize and so on to infinity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trzeci_Wymiar
    [b]Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
    This one is also coined for the Guinness Book (?).
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    The longest Bulgarian word..

    It is claimed that the longest Bulgarian word is the one given below:

    Не противоконституционствува телствувайте! - Do not act against the Constitution!

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    Re: The longest Bulgarian word..

    Quote Originally Posted by christo_tamarin
    It is claimed that the longest Bulgarian word is the one given below:

    Не противоконституционствува телствувайте! - Do not act against the Constitution!
    That's interesting. Is Russian the main language there too?
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    Re: The longest Bulgarian word..

    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    Quote Originally Posted by christo_tamarin
    It is claimed that the longest Bulgarian word is the one given below:

    Не противоконституционствува телствувайте! - Do not act against the Constitution!
    That's interesting. Is Russian the main language there too?
    No. Strangely enough, it's Bulgarian.
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    Re: The longest Bulgarian word..

    Quote Originally Posted by xRoosterx
    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    Quote Originally Posted by christo_tamarin
    It is claimed that the longest Bulgarian word is the one given below:

    Не противоконституционствува телствувайте! - Do not act against the Constitution!
    That's interesting. Is Russian the main language there too?
    No. Strangely enough, it's Bulgarian.
    Well, well. They looked similar. Are they?
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    Bulgarian monks Cyril and Mefodius brought the letters for ancient slavic language.
    Я так думаю.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leof
    Bulgarian monks Cyril and Mefodius brought the letters for ancient slavic language.
    That explains the similar writing, but are the vocabulary and grammar similar too? I'm sure it cannot be identical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rtyom
    Quote Originally Posted by Trzeci_Wymiar
    [b]Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
    This one is also coined for the Guinness Book (?).
    Yeah, it really has no practical application and was contrived for the sole purpose of smashing records.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    Quote Originally Posted by Leof
    Bulgarian monks Cyril and Mefodius brought the letters for ancient slavic language.
    That explains the similar writing, but are the vocabulary and grammar similar too? I'm sure it cannot be identical.
    Not exactly. Some words may be similar, but Bulgarian almost completely eradicated the case system (one of the main features of Slavic languages). For example, instead of the genitive they use the preposition "на".
    "С чий очи сънувам, чий е този лик обречен?
    Смъртен глас ми се причува и отеква с вик далечен
    Как да зърна да погледна, чуждий образ да прегърна,
    на лицето ми студено грях в надежда да превърна.."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeed
    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    Quote Originally Posted by Leof
    Bulgarian monks Cyril and Mefodius brought the letters for ancient slavic language.
    That explains the similar writing, but are the vocabulary and grammar similar too? I'm sure it cannot be identical.
    Not exactly. Some words may be similar, but Bulgarian almost completely eradicated the case system (one of the main features of Slavic languages). For example, instead of the genitive they use the preposition "на".
    Thanks for the interesting info. You guys really know so much.
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    A lot of Old Church Slavonic words entered the Russian language. Old Church Slavonic was basically a dialect of Bulgarian, this is why Russian and Bulgarian are more similar, than say Polish and Bulgarian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tohca
    Quote Originally Posted by Leof
    Bulgarian monks Cyril and Mefodius brought the letters for ancient slavic language.
    That explains the similar writing, but are the vocabulary and grammar similar too? I'm sure it cannot be identical.
    Come on surely you must have a basic understanding of how languages work?

    German and English look similar, does that mean they are the same language? Bulgarian and Russian are both Slavonic (/Slavic) languages, i.e. they belong to the same language family, they have a lot in common.
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    Re: The longest Bulgarian word..

    Quote Originally Posted by christo_tamarin
    It is claimed that the longest Bulgarian word is the one given below:

    Не противоконституционствува телствувайте! - Do not act against the Constitution!
    It's funny that the longest word in French (not including chemical terms) is also about constitution :
    "Anticonstitutionnellement" (25 letters) means "against the Constitution".

    But, well, they have common roots right
    Excuse my english, I’m French.

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    If in Russian you said:

    "the one hundred and twenty six million five hundred and ninety two thousand three hundred and four year-old witch"

    In theory, couldn't you construct a single Russian word ending:

    -летний ???
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