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Cheeky Irony in squished-vocabulary
October 11, 2010Posted by on
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – The fear of long words. Is literally the hippopotamus– and monster-related fear of very long words.
- An extension of sesquipedalian with monstrum “monster” and a truncated, misspelled form of hippopotamus, intended to exaggerate the length of the word itself and the idea of the size of the words being feared; combined with phobia. Hippopoto-Monstro-sesquipedalio-phobia
- It is unlikely that this 15-syllable contrivance is ever used purely for its meaning as it is an extension to exaggerate the meaning and ”create irony”
- The term sesquipedaliophobia is recognized in formal writing, while the four-syllable phrase “fear of long words” is certainly worth considering