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