sesquipedalophobia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See sesquipedalian and phobia.

Noun[edit]

sesquipedalophobia (uncountable)

  1. Fear of long words.
    • 1983, Verbatim, Volume 10, page 25:
      But sesquipedalophobia ('hatred or fear of big words,' aptly enough) has prevailed, even among men of learning.
    • 2002 6 March, derm, “Re: Are You Somebody? by O'Faolaint”, soc.culture.irish, Usenet:
      That hasn't helped my sesquipedalophobia one bit...
    • 2008, Abhijit Bhaduri, Married But Available, HarperCollins (2012), ISBN 9789350294826, unnumbered page:
      Ayesha was like a walking dictionary of phobias. She believed that I had sesquipedalophobia – the fear of long words.

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