- A jocular coinage, apparently by pupils at Eton, combining a number of roughly synonymous Latin stems. The word was inspired by a line in the Eton Latin Grammar that listed verbs that govern a genitive noun: "Flocci, nauci, nihili, pili, assis, hujus, teruncii, his verbis, aestimo, pendo, facio, peculiariter adduntur." Latin flocci, from floccus, a wisp or piece of wool + nauci, from naucum, a trifle + nihili, from the Latin pronoun, nihil ("nothing") + pili, from pilus, a hair, something insignificant (all therefore having the sense of "pettiness" or "nothing") + -fication. (Wiktionary)
“Unfortunately he did not live long enough to marvel with me at the word "floccinaucinihilipilification" (29 letters), which I discovered by chance in my unabridged dictionary last year.”
“The floccinaucinihilipilification of no planes theory (that no planes crashed on 9/11) has proven to be not only -- how can I say it -- floccinaucinihilipilificatious, but wrong.”
“My grandmother once gave me a T-shirt that said “floccinaucinihilipilification” on it.”
“Just because 'fleece' makes me think of 'floccinaucinihilipilification' ...”
“Y U purrtisapayt in floccinaucinihilipilification?”
“Where else can you find a derivation of floccinaucinihilipilification?”
“Just the other day, I ran across "knapsack problem" and "floccinaucinihilipilification" (a word, the dictionary informs us, used primarily as an example of one of the longest words in the language).”
“The article to which you like justly dismisses pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis as a hoax, and floccinaucinihilipilification as a mere stunt word, but then goes on to dismiss antidiestablishmentarianism on the grounds that it “has become limited to simply yet another example of a very longword”.”
“Floccinaucinihilipilificators, or “Haters” for short, or “h8rs” for shorter, are people who engage in excessive floccinaucinihilipilification.”
“Floccinaucinihilipilificators, hay "kẻ thù ghét" cho ngắn, hoặc "h8rs" cho ngắn hơn, là những người tham gia vào các floccinaucinihilipilification quá mức.”
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