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#1901 - 05/05/00 05:04 PM lexiphanicinism
this was a word i stumbled across somewhere, meaning, i think 'someone who uses large words to make themselves seem more inelligent or knowledgeable'.
i'd like to know - is this correct?
#1902 - 05/05/00 06:07 PM Re: lexiphanicinism
Loc: this too shall pass
the adjective is lexiphanic, the noun is lexiphanicism:
lexiphanic \Lex`i*phan"ic\ (l[e^]ks`[i^]*f[a^]n"[i^]k), a. [Gr. lexifa`nis a phrase monger; le`xis speech + fai`nein to show.] Using, or interlarded with, pretentious words; bombastic; as, a lexiphanic writer or speaker; lexiphanic writing.
and now I'm going to once again suggest that queries such as this can be easily satisfied by using http://www.onelook.com/ as the first resource.
#1903 - 05/06/00 12:44 AM Re: lexiphanicinism
thanks - i tried onelook, but since i didn't know how to spell the word, i was beyond help :D
#1904 - 05/06/00 02:00 PM Re: lexiphanicinism
Surely the point of this is "questions and answers about words" so anything related to "questions and answers about words" is fine. It is useful to know about other sites but surely not essential!
#1905 - 05/06/00 04:31 PM Re: lexiphanicinism
Loc: this too shall pass
sure... I'm just suggesting, in my overly blunt fashion, that YCLIU and sometimes get a quicker answer.
#1906 - 05/07/00 09:03 AM Lexiphanic Lessons
Loc: lower upstate New York
We have a didactic example right here. Fellow poster Jeff is a self-described lexiphane (???). Perhaps the initiator of this thread would like to look at said poster's bio and some of his posts, for illustration. ;-)
#1907 - 05/12/00 02:04 AM Re: Lexiphanic Lessons
And I'm sure we must all know sesquipedalian
(literally, a word that's a foot and a half long...)
#1908 - 05/12/00 08:11 AM Re: lexiphanicinism
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Tsuwm, you wrote:
>in my overly blunt fashion...
I have to say that I think you're pretty sharp!
Also that sometimes it takes bluntness to make a point!
#1909 - 05/12/00 11:06 AM Re: lexiphanicinism
You can look it up.
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