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Posted by on May 2, 2010 in Writing | 9 comments

Word Up: Sesquipedalian

Been wanting to start an irregular post series of interesting words for a while now, and have found (with a little help from a most suitable word to kick things off:




  1. given to using long words.
  2. (of a word) containing many syllables.


  1. a sesquipedalian word.

1605–15: Latin: sesquipedalis measuring a foot and a half
1615, from Latin sesquipedalia verba “words a foot-and-a-half long,” in Horace’s “Ars Poetica“, from sesqui – “half as much again” + pes “foot”

So now you know. Word.


  1. nice post. thanks.

    • Thanks for that.

      (Against my better judgement because it looks a lot like a spam attempt, I'm letting this comment slide because there are no obvious links to dodgy sites included in it.)

  2. If I'd been asked to guess, I'd have said it was something describing an old person. "A medication preventing incontinence in sesquipedalians" … lmao!

    • You're right now that I look at it. It does have a sort of "octogenarian" look to it.

  3. I thought it was your attempt at naming the SEDIBA CHILD…

    • That's a thought. Except "Sesquipedalia" doesn't have quite the same ring as Mrs. Ples – probably won't win any prizes with it.

  4. abacinate



    Put those in your pipe and smoke 'em …

    • Ouch. On a flyer….

      1 – forced to abdicate through being assassinated.

      2 – nasi goreng with corn instead of rice.

      3 – your really silly idiotic friend. A ridiculous pal.

  5. hahaha … waaaaaaaaaaaaay off!

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