We Greeks are known for very long names, smashing world records, and inventing all manner of stuff first, but not even that could prepare anyone for the world’s longest word which is the creation of one of our ancestors: Aristophanes.
It consists of with 175 letters and 78 syllables whilst the transliteration has 183 Latin characters.
Or in Greek:
According to Wikipedia in one dictionary, it is defined as a “name of a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, flesh, fowl, and sauces”.
The dish was a fricassée, with at least 16 sweet and sour ingredients, including the following:
Fish of the elasmobranchii subclass (a shark or ray)
Rotted dogfish or small shark’s head
A generally sharp-tasting dish of several ingredients grated and pounded together
Silphion, possibly a kind of giant fennel, now believed extinct
A kind of crab, shrimp, or crayfish
Honey poured down
Wrasse (or thrush)
A kind of sea fish or blackbird as topping
The roasted head of dabchick
Hare, which could be a kind of bird or a kind of sea hare
New wine boiled down
Wing and/or fin