Word of the Day – Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

By August 10, 2015Word of the Day

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (n)

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The fear of long words.

No one was being sarcastic when they decided this was the perfect term for someone who is long word phobic, much.

Example sentences

“She only ever uses words of three syllables or less; she has hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia”

“Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia; whoever decided on that word must have been in hysterics at the thought of some poor soul trying to tell people what their greatest fears were in years to come.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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