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 Dictionary.com) a most suitable word to kick things off:
- given to using long words.
- (of a word) containing many syllables.
- 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.