Next up in this blog series, created to celebrate great and wonderful English language words, is sesquipedalian.
[ses-kwi-pi-dey-lee-uh n, –deyl–yuh n]
This adjective means:
- given to using long words;
- refers to a word containing many syllables.
This unusual word has its origins in Latin and dates back to about 1605-15. It comes from the word sēsquipedālis which means to measure a foot and a half.
How to use sesquipedalian
He was indebted to a ruse of Aunt Margaret for his historic and sesquipedalian name.The Cave by the Beech Fork: A Story of Kentucky|Henry S. Spalding