Find the Longest Word in a String (Problem with the dash(-))

Hey everyone,

My code gives a right output for all kind of string. But it comes to problem when the string have a dash(-). For example in this code, it will return 10 which is I guess it only takes the word “super-long” as the longest word in that string instead of “otorhinolaryngology”. Why is this happening? Why it stop looping for the next word?

function findLongestWordLength(str) {
var total = 0;
var most = 0;

for(var i = 0 ; i < str.length ; i++) {

  if (str[i] != " ") {

  else if (str[i] == " ") {

    if (total > most) {
      most = total
      total = 0
    else {
      total = 0



return most
console.log(findLongestWordLength("What if we try a super-long word such as otorhinolaryngology"));

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Challenge: Find the Longest Word in a String

Link to the challenge:

Notice when your code updates the “most” variable. The problem is not the dash - the code does loop until the end of the string.

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