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A.Word.A.Day--lexiphanes

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This week's theme: There is a word for it.

lexiphanes (lex-SIF-uh-neez) noun

One who uses words pretentiously.

[From Greek lexiphanes (phrase monger), from lexis (word or phrase) + -phaneia (to show).]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The danger is in becoming so seduced by the lexiconic that we become lexiphanes. There's no excuse for indulging in the bombastic at any time, of course." Murray Waldren; That's Language; The Australian (Sydney); Jul 16, 2005.

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