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Word of the Day - "sesquipedalian"

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sesquipedalian \ses-kwuh-puh-DAYL-yuhn\ noun/adjective
     (n) 1 : a long word

     (adj) 1 : given to or characterized by the use of long words
     (adj) 2 : long and ponderous; having many syllables

Sample Usage:
     Plus he has a weakness for what we can mischievously call sesquipedalian excess: Look out for such terms as "epiphenomenal", "diegetic" and "proprioceptive." -- Jabari Asim, "Reel Pioneer". Washington Post, November 19, 2000

Etymology:
     Sesquipedalian comes from Latin sesquipedalis, "a foot and a half long, hence inordinately long," from sesqui, "one half more, half as much again" + pes, ped-, "a foot."


I chose this word because it's a really cool word, but as well, there are some other really cool words in the "Sample Usage" sentence. =)

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lauria
Jul. 9th, 2002 08:33 am (UTC)
Dude!
Very cool word!

happy anniversary, BTW...

I wandered in from... somewhere? I have just been wandering LJ for the past hour 1/2.... Which is kinda like a foot and a hlaf in a different measurement... So, it is the amount of time i've spent kinda "sesquipedalis"?
bride
Jul. 9th, 2002 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: Dude!
Thanks =)

Heehee, yeah, I suppose that makes you sesquipedalis... =}
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