A word that explains (and deserves) itself – sesquipedalianism

Sesquipedalianism was yesterday’s Word of the Day from Dictionary.com. I thought it was an interesting word – one worth sharing, even if it’ll most likely never fit into a regular conversation.

sesquipedalianism

1. Given to using long words.
2.(Of a word) containing many syllables.

Quote:
Quoting those who insist on engaging in sesquipedalianism (using “large words when smaller ones will do,”) Cavett romps and stomps over his subjects in a veritable malign-fest of the linguistically misguided.
— Susie Berta, Susie’s Year of Words – 2008 (Blog), April 14, 2008
How apropos is it that a word that means “using large words when smaller ones will do” is SEVENTEEN LETTERS LONG?!?!
A funny cartoon illustrating the word:
Sesquipedalianism
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One comment on “A word that explains (and deserves) itself – sesquipedalianism

  1. nrhatch says:

    I just posted a One Syllable Challenge today, and a link popped up to this post.

    Great word!

    Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

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