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floccinaucinihilipilification

Definitions

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  • n. The act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant, of having no value or being worthless.

Etymologies

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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.

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • My grandmother once gave me a T-shirt that said “floccinaucinihilipilification” on it.

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  • Just because 'fleece' makes me think of 'floccinaucinihilipilification' ...

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  • Y U purrtisapayt in floccinaucinihilipilification?

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  • Where else can you find a derivation of floccinaucinihilipilification?

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  • 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).

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  • 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”.

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  • Floccinaucinihilipilificators, or “Haters” for short, or “h8rs” for shorter, are people who engage in excessive floccinaucinihilipilification.

    ideonexus.com » 2005 » July

  • Floccinaucinihilipilificators, hay "kẻ thù ghét" cho ngắn, hoặc "h8rs" cho ngắn hơn, là những người tham gia vào các floccinaucinihilipilification quá mức.

    ideonexus.com »2005» tháng bảy

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