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#69 - 03/15/00 12:19 AM Help with a word?!  
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I am trying to find the word for someone who likes to use big words ....it's not me .... :)


Thanks.


#70 - 03/15/00 01:46 AM Re: Help with a word?!  
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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.


#71 - 03/15/00 03:09 AM Re: Help with a word?!  
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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...


#72 - 03/15/00 09:51 AM Re: Help with a word?!  
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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.


#73 - 03/15/00 11:18 PM Re: Help with a word?!  
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Never use a long word when a diminutive word will suffice.


#74 - 03/16/00 05:45 AM Re: Help with a word?!  
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The word? 'Polysyllabilist' is another.



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