What the heck's a sesquipedalian ?
We repeat: What the heck's a sesquipedalian?' (ses-kwÉ-pÉ-ËdÄl-yÉn) Last night on the Web and in todays print edition of the New York Times, William F. Buckley Jr. was eulogized as a Sesquipedalian spark of right. Huh?
The conservative author and commentator died yesterday at the age of 82. And in life, the prolific and often caustic writer was a man of many big words. (that's a hint!)
The jig is up Katie We thinks youve never heard the word either. [Watch the video]
Now we at Urbanite dont want to presume anything regarding the linguistic expertise of our readers but come on, isnt it the first time youve heard this word too?
So were doing you a favor for when it comes up at the water cooler later today. The long, word of many syllables means just that: having many syllables, or given to or characterized by the use of long words.
-- Lauren Johnston