I have been playing with ispell lately (don’t ask me why). So naturally I wondered what the longest word in the english dictionary was.
$ for w in `cat english.med`; do echo -n $w | wc -m; done | sort -n | tail -n 1
So what was that word that is 28 characters long?
$ for w in `cat english.med`; do echo -n $w; echo -n ‘:’; echo $(echo -n $w | wc -m); done | grep 28
There you have it, ispell thinks that antidisestablishmentarianism is the longest word.