sesquipedalian

October 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm (Uncategorized)

sesquipedalian (adj.) –

1. Having many syllables, long; as in “sesquipedalian terms”

2. Given to or characterized by the use of long words; “a sesquipedalian political statement”

3. Long and ponderous; polysyllabic

4. Measuring or containing a foot and a half

5. Given to the overuse of long words; as with “sesquipedalian political orators”

Fun Fact: Etymologically, from Latin sesquipedalis; literally, a foot and a half long

Ibid.

Wallace, David Foster. “Authority and American Usage.” Consider the Lobster. New York: Back Bay Books, 2007. p 81.

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