Word of the Day – Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

By August 10, 2015Word of the Day

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (n)

hip-oh-pot-oh-monst-roh-sus-kwip-uh-day-lee-oh-foh-bee-ah

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 – Machree

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Machree (noun) (Irish/Scots)

ma’k-ree

As a form of address: my dear. Now chiefly in “Mother Machree”, expressing (usually ironically) a stereotyped conception of Celtic or Irish identity.

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Irish Hudibras. From Irish mo chroí (Scottish Gaelic mo chridhe) my heart, my beloved from mo my + croí (Scottish Gaelic cridhe) heart from Early Irish cride heart, cognate with heart [interjection, adverb].

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