Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

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After remarking yesterday that I love words, I remembered this post from back in January 2013. So here’s giving it another airing

crispina kemp

Like all writers words cast a spell upon me, a fascination. But, I swear, I didn’t go looking for hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. It found me. But it started me thinking. This is the result.

For the writer words are his wattle and daub, (‘he’ because we women can be magnanimous and I’d rather be a he than they), they’re his bricks and mortar, his steel and cement. His raw materials. And like all raw materials they can be divided into classes.

  • Verbs and nouns: the stones, the wood, the bricks, aforesaid.
  • Conjunctions, prepositions and other small bits: the nuts and bolts, the nails and mortar.
  • Adjectives and adverbs: the softening curves and the decorative, non-functional pieces. That which turns Bauhaus into Baroque.

All of which is my rococo way of introducing
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Yes, you’ve guessed the meaning. That suffixed phobia gave it away. The fear of long words.

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16 Responses to Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

  1. Ironic the term describing the fear of long words is a long word itself.

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  2. Violet Lentz says:

    And here I started off thinking it had something to do with fear of hippopotami.. Well either that or a slur to ones chosen weight…. Excellent read the original article as well. I had no idea there were so many words to be feared….

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  3. Brian Bixby says:

    And here I thought it was the fear of a monstrous cross between a hippo, a squid, and a dahlia: a large flowering beast with tentacles and big jaws, best known for killing Hollywood actresses.

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  4. Tien Skye says:

    Hippo…what? LOL.

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