Weird Word: Sesquipedalian

by on Sep.09, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Sesquipedalian

Noun

  • A long word.
  • A person who uses long words.

Adjective

  • (of a word or words) long; polysyllabic.
  • Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.

Example Usage:

I used to like sesquipedalian words, until I had to start using the word sesqu- I give up.

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Commentary:

Wow. If there is another word that best embodies its meaning, I’m not sure I will ever come across it. This is even better than pernicious from a few weeks. In this day an age we use  polysyllabic or long-winded but this tongue twisting, finger twisting word needs some serious revival if only for the novelty of how self-referential it is!

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  • Viviana

    This

    “I used to like sesquipedalian words, until I had to start using the word sesqu- I give up.”

    should be

    “I used to like sesquipedalian words, until I took an arrow to the knee.”

    Old but Gold.

    Also, my chrome spellcheck wants to change it to sesquicentennial for some reason.

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