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)

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