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#69 - 03/14/00 07:19 PM Help with a word?!
jmbodman Offline
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Registered: 03/14/00
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I am trying to find the word for someone who likes to use big words ....it's not me .... :)


Thanks.


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#70 - 03/14/00 08:46 PM Re: Help with a word?!
scoutmd Offline
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Loc: Illinois, USA
How about sesquipedalian? It can be a noun or an adjective, and can mean a long word (OED Definition 1a), or a person given to using long words (OED Definition 1b). Incidentally, it is from Horace, _Verba Sesquipedalia_, which literally means words a foot and a half long.


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#71 - 03/14/00 10:09 PM Re: Help with a word?!
Dr. Death Offline
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Registered: 03/14/00
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"word-grubber" was an eighteenth-century slang term, according to Peter Bowler's excellent Superior Person's Book of Words (which also lists "sesquipedalian"). I'm more of a paranomasiac, myself...


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#72 - 03/15/00 04:51 AM Re: Help with a word?!
autopoesis Offline
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Registered: 03/15/00
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Loc: born: NYC; living: London, UK
I quite like crytoscopopheliac (sp.?); but I've found only one reference to this word--in a book called The Mother Tongue : English & How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson. I remember is as defining one who has a fetish for looking through stranger's windows.

I like long words. And short replies.


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#73 - 03/15/00 06:18 PM Re: Help with a word?!
RonDavis Offline
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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 21
Loc: Ontario
Never use a long word when a diminutive word will suffice.


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#74 - 03/16/00 12:45 AM Re: Help with a word?!
whalemeat Offline
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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 14
Loc: sydney australia
The word? 'Polysyllabilist' is another.


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