Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Today's Word: sesquipedalian

sesquipedalian: of or referring to inordinately gargantuan vocabulary. Sesquipedalian means, literally, "a foot and a half long." It's normally used to refer them thar big words, although I see some room for its use in the pornography industry. "No matter how hard I try, I can get only about 20 pages into Moby-Dick before the sesquipedalian descriptions send me screaming for some Hemingway."