Welcome to Listophilia!!
As an avid word collector, I love offbeat words just about as much as I love lists. Today’s topic is “Sesquipedalian Words”!
Sesquipedalian is an adjective meaning “given to using long words” or describes a word that contains many syllables. It comes from the Latin word “
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- pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis (n):
- Note: This is generally considered the longest English word, clocking in at 45 letters. That being said, even though it can be found in most major dictionaries, it’s pretty much superfluous, as it was made just to claim that title
- pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (n): a thyroid disorder
- Note: This is generally thought to be the longest “non-coined” English word, even though some major dictionaries still refuse to print it
- antidisestablishmentarianism (n): doctrine opposed to removing Church of England’s official religion status
- arachibutyrophobia (n): fear of peanut butter sticking to roof of mouth
- ballistocardiograph (n): instrument for detecting body movements caused by heartbeat
- chronosynchronicity (n): presentation of all stages of a person’s life in a single piece of art
- floccinaucinihilipilification (n): setting at little or no value
- eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious (adj.): very good or very fine
- Note: Here is a little history on this word and how my source, The Phrontistery, found this gem
- honorificabilitudinity (n): honourableness
- Note: Another form of this word, honorificabilitudinitatibus, is the longest word Shakespeare ever used, with 27 letters
- ichthyoacanthotoxism (n): poisoning from the sting or bite of a fish
- micropalaeontology (n): study of microscopic fossils
- pantochronometer (n): combined sundial and compass
- polyphiloprogenitive (adj.): very fertile; very imaginative
- pseudochromaesthesia (n): mental association of sounds with colors
- spectroheliokinematograph (n): camera for taking pictures of the sun
What long words do you use on a daily basis?