March 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

sesquipedalian (ses¦qui|ped¦alian) : [Click on the word for its proper pronunciation]

adjective
1. tending to use very long words

2. (of words or expressions) long and ponderous; polysyllabic

3. a polysyllabic word; a sesquipedalian word.

Word Origin
17th century: from Latin sēsquipedālis of a foot and a half (coined by Horace in ArsPoetica), from sesqui- half as much again + pedālis – of the foot, from pēs foot.
Example:
Ernie thought that the spelling bee was unfair because there were too many sesquipedalian words.
Sesquipedalian is a self-descriptive word in that ‘sesquipedalian’ is a good example of a ‘sesquipedalian’ word. Although you may not have occasion to use it every day, at least now you have a word in your vocabulary to throw back at that jerk who is always using sesquipedalian words to try to impress people.

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