Friday, October 9, 2009

the longest weekend

According to a book my daughter brought home from school yesterday, the longest word in the English language is 1913 letters. It is the scientific name for tryptophan synthetase A protein, an enzyme that has 267 amino acids.


methionylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylalanylalanyl-
glutaminylleucyllysylglutamylarginyllysylglutamylglycylalanylphenylalanyl-
valylprolylphenylalanylvalylthreonylleucylglycylaspartylprolylglycyl-
isoleucylglutamylglutaminylserylleucyllysylisoleucylaspartylthreonylleucyl-
isoleucylglutamylalanylglycylalanylaspartylalanylleucylglutamylleucyl-
glycylisoleucylprolylphenylalanylserylaspartylprolylleucylalanylaspartyl-
glycylprolylthreonylisoleucylglutaminylasparaginylalanylthreonylleucyl-
arginylalanylphenylalanylalanylalanylglycylvalylthreonylprolylalanyl-
glutaminylcysteinylphenylalanylglutamylmethionylleucylalanylleucyl-
isoleucylarginylglutaminyllysylhistidylprolylthreonylisoleucylprolyl-
isoleucylglycylleucylleucylmethionyltyrosylalanylasparaginylleucylvalyl-
phenylalanylasparaginyllysylglycylisoleucylaspartylglutamylphenylalanyl-
tyrosylalanylglutaminylcysteinylglutamyllysylvalylglycylvalylaspartylseryl-
valylleucylvalylalanylaspartylvalylprolylvalylglutaminylglutamylseryl-
alanylprolylphenylalanylarginylglutaminylalanylalanylleucylarginylhistidyl-
asparaginylvalylalanylprolylisoleucylphenylalanylisoleucylcysteinylprolyl-
prolylaspartylalanylaspartylaspartylaspartylleucylleucylarginylglutaminyl-
isoleucylalanylseryltyrosylglycylarginylglycyltyrosylthreonyltyrosylleucyl-
leucylserylarginylalanylglycylvalylthreonylglycylalanylglutamylasparaginyl-
arginylalanylalanylleucylprolylleucylasparaginylhistidylleucylvalylalanyl-
lysylleucyllysylglutamyltyrosylasparaginylalanylalanylprolylprolylleucyl-
glutaminylglycylphenylalanylglycylisoleucylserylalanylprolylaspartyl-
glutaminylvalyllysylalanylalanylisoleucylaspartylalanylglycylalanylalanyl-
glycylalanylisoleucylserylglycylserylalanylisoleucylvalyllysylisoleucyl-
isoleucylglutamylglutaminylhistidylasparaginylisoleucylglutamylprolyl-
glutamyllysylmethionylleucylalanylalanylleucyllysylvalylphenylalanylvalyl-
glutaminylprolylmethionyllysylalanylalanylthreonylarginylserine

Use that in a sentence. Happy weekend. I hope it feels equally as long.

4 comments:

ticklishfromadistance said...

Hahahah! Who knew! Great post.

Debra said...

Did you actually type that out?
Wonder if it's in any dictionary?

liza said...

Oh my! That is hilarious! Can you imagine it coming up in a spelling bee? "Uh, could you repeat the word, please?"

Relyn said...

See? I told you that you cracked me up!! I love that you would post this!!