Of Lilliputian standards.

Have you ever heard of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch? No? Then you, my friend, are missing out.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the name of a small Welsh town; it has the longest name of any place in Europe. Roughly translated into English, the name means "St. Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of llantysilio of the red cave", and some 3,000 people live there.

So the next time you hear from your agent, editor, beta reader, critique group, writing coach, mother, or that kid that reads over your shoulder on the subway in the mornings that your character's name or town's name or book's title or hell, even your favourite adjective is too long; take solace in this- there are at least 3,000 people in the world who will staunchly disagree.

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