It is an exceptional case but still worthy of attention, I feel.

Currently on EL&U, there is a question about a single word in Joyce's novel, “Finnegans Wake”

Meaning of “bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthur-nuk!” The title is so wonderfully long, a scrollbar is necessary in order to read it in its entirety.

vertical scrollbar and EL&U question title cut off

The post in its full version

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I am using Chrome, version 84.0.4147.105., the font is enlarged to 110% but the "problem" persists if reduced to its original size.

If there is a maximum number of characters allowed in a title, as I imagine there must be, why should a scrollbar appear? Is there a solution so that a scrollbar is not needed?

Searching through the Meta archives revealed that a question title cannot contain more than 150 characters: "Title cannot be longer than 150 characters" - why doesn't the field have an input limit or a character count then?

The EL&U title is 115 characters long, so well within the limit, but the title breaks after the hyphen in “thur-” Theoretically, does that mean a title consisting of 150 characters with no spaces or punctuation marks would not be interrupted?

title breaks at “thur-”

(The EL&U theme fails to keep pace as the single-word rolls on undisturbed.)

Related: Length limit for question titles that have nothing to do with Unicorns (we don't really need that many characters just for the title, do we? Isn't that what the question body is for? Some lower length limit would help here. Seriously.)

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    That's a hilarious edge case. Thinking at first that you were the one who posted that question, I was about to ask if you did it just to create/check this bug :-) – Rand al'Thor Sep 4 '20 at 10:49
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    I am SO tempted to edit that word into the question but I'll behave :D – Journeyman Geek Sep 4 '20 at 12:41
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    Related: Longest word in English (but the name of the longest known protein (molecular mass of 3.8 MDa) is contrived). Third place in the list (182): Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphiokarabomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Sep 4 '20 at 16:43
  • Longest word in a major dictionary: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Sep 4 '20 at 16:47
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    Not quite "exceptional", but easy to fix: justmarkup.com/articles/… or css-tricks.com/snippets/css/… – Rob Sep 4 '20 at 17:39
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    Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu – DavidPostill Sep 4 '20 at 21:02
  • Seven upvotes...lemme guess, German users:) – Martin James Sep 5 '20 at 3:50
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    Wikipedia's webpage on compound words: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compound_(linguistics) – Rob Sep 5 '20 at 4:29
  • Should we really cater to nonsense words? Better just not stick them in the title. This is too edge case to deal with. – Luuklag Sep 7 '20 at 7:21
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    @Luuklag well, look at it this way, the layout or CSS (or whatever is at fault, I'm not a programmer) should have prevented this from happening in the first place. There are formulas, geographical locations, scientists, authors with extremely long names that could appear as the fourth or fifth word in a title, would that long word begin on a new line or just continue uninterrupted? – Mari-Lou A Sep 7 '20 at 12:34

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