Talk:sesquipedalian

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This needs to be recorded somewhere -- this word was used in an episode of Goof Troop. Zweifel 07:16, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

antidisestablishmentarianism [edit]

Should link antidisestablishmentarianism.

Thank You,

hopiakuta 16:59, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

hopiakuta 23:00, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

I question the etymology. Is this not derived from the same root as "pedant" (teacher/scholar) rather than "pedis" (foot)? That "foot-and-a-half" sounds like reverse etymology to me. A pedant-and-a-half seems more likely.

Pwmeek 13:39, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

According to Chambers, it's "after sesquipedalia verba, words a foot and a half long, coined in Horace's Ars Poetica. Equinox 23:11, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Further to my edit of 7/14 removing "noun"[edit]

There seems to be consensus that the origin of sesquipedalian is the early 17th century, from the Latin sēsquipedālis. With the addition of the suffix "an" we have the word; "an" being used to form adjectives in English (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/-an). I have never seen the word used as a noun, and I suggest to you it, as such, would be grammatically incorrect. A noun form would be something akin to "sesquipedalianist".

Problem is that's not how we do things here; we're having the exact same debate over paprika where a user speedily deleted a definition. Please don't. Please do use {{rfv-sense}} and click the small + sign to list the entry. Also there are nouns ending in -an; take Australian for example. Mglovesfun (talk) 18:40, 14 July 2012 (UTC)
google books:sesquipedalians suggests there is at least one noun definition. I haven't looked at all the hits (estimated at 575 by Google Books). Mglovesfun (talk) 20:12, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

OP here: to the "an" being a noun; that's used for geographic distinctions (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/-an). I maintain that the noun form is used incorrectly, and would suggest following Merrian-Webster and Oxford by only listing the word as an adjective.--71.43.51.194 04:12, 15 July 2012 (UTC)