PRONUNCIATION: (gran-DIL-uh-kwuhnt)

MEANING: adjective: High-flown or pompous.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin grandis (grand) + loqui (to speak). Ultimately from the Indo-European root tolkw- (to speak), which also gave us breviloquence, obloquy, pleniloquence, sialoquent, somniloquy, ventriloquism, loquacious, and allocution. Earliest documented use: 1592.

GRAND ELOQUENT - thousand dollar fee for giving a speech

GRANDILO QUINT - Mr and Mrs Grandilo expected twins, not this!

GRENDILOQUENT - describing the Scandinavian bard who originally sung of Beowulf