Family Word Snacks: Sesquipedalian & Wordy

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FUN FACT: Hyperpolysyllabicomania is an excessive fondness for or desire to use big words, and it is the longest mania-word in the English language.

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ses·qui·pe·da·li·an [ses-kwi-pi-dey-lee-uhn, -deyl-yuhn] or ses·quip·e·dal [ses-kwip-i-dl]: (a)
1. given to using long words. 2. (of a word) containing many syllables; polysyllabic

in a sentence: “I’m fascinated with big words!” he said. “Well, I happen to be OBSESSED with sesquipedalian words,” she replied.

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wordy: (a) 1. characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose.
2. pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.

in a sentence: Picture books have a lot of pictures and few words. Chapter books have few or no pictures and are too wordy for younger kids.

It’s good to know sesquipedalian words, but using them without becoming wordy (and annoying) is tricky! Then again, it can be fun to have a secret arsenal loaded with powerful words. You never know when it will come in handy!

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-Elle C.

References: http://www.englishforums.com/English/LongestWords/qdbwb/post.htm

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