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 – Prurient

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Prurient (adj)

prew-ree-ant

Having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters, especially the sexual activity of others.

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘having a mental itching’): from Latin prurient- ‘itching, longing’ and ‘being wanton’, from the verb prurire.

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Word of the Day – Connive

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Connive (verb)

kon-aiv

Secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur.

Conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful.

Early 17th century: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’, from con- ‘together’ + an unrecorded word related to nictare ‘to wink’.

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