Word of the Day – Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

By August 10, 2015 Word 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 – Aginer

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Aginer (noun) (US informal)

a-gina

A person who is against something; one who opposes a proposal, course of action, point of view, etc. Also more generally: a person having a habitually negative attitude; one who opposes any change as a matter of principle.

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Westminster (Philadelphia). From agin, regional and colloquial variant of again + -er.

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Word of the Day – Extant

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Extant (adj)

ek-stant

Still in existence; surviving.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘able to be publicly seen or reached’): from Latin exstant- ‘being visible or prominent, existing’, from the verb exstare, from ex- ‘out’ + stare ‘to stand’.

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