sesquipedalianism


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sesquipedalianism

the practice of using very long words. Also sesquipedalism, sesquipedality. — sesquipedal, sesquipedalian, adj.
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A modern newspaper columnist writing in Mencken's gleeful style, with its joyful savagery, its jocose sesquipedalianism, its sheer delight in the American language, would be met with astonished horror on the order of Henry James watching a Sam Kinison video or Robby Mook meeting a man who owns a pickup truck.
And when you do there's always Scrabble - so you can thrash us wee-smelling, senile old ladies with your peevish sesquipedalianism.
Words in general use in English rarely have more letters than the fifteen in "Americanization" or the fourteen in "beautification", and such examples as "antidisestablishmentarianism", or even "sesquipedalianism", generally occur only in articles about unusually long words.