O.K., you know Im avoiding reading term papers. I came across this in The Adventure of English: Melvyn Bragg notes some of the many words invented by Shakespeare, and that many of them have come down to us. But, he also notes that The Poet backed some words that proved to be losers, they have not come down to us.
He writes (p. 138) that Shakespeares "longest word, honorificabilitudinatibus, which means with honour, has also fallen out of fashion." Not caring about fashion, I tried to find it, but couldnt. Was Bragg wrong? Even the OED doesnt have it--although it has "honorificabilitudinity"--
and it does make a reference to it being used by someone named Nashe in 1599. And the OED also notes this, from someone in 1801: "The two longest monosyllables in our language are strength and straight, and the very longest word, honorificabilitudinity." Thought youd like know. For now I assume, with Isabella, Truth is truth/To th end of reckoning. Wait, I found it! Honorificabilitudinatibus is in Shakespeare! It is in Loves Labour Lost, V.i.44. Is the OED wrong? (LLL was published in 1598).
Now back to the papers!