hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian love



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An extension of sesquipedalian using a modified form of hippopotamus and Latin monstrum; the extensions almost certainly chosen with the intention of making the new construct autological. (Wiktionary)


  • Macaronics mix foreign and English words: In tempus old a hero lived/Qui loved puella deux .... le Besides subcategories of the foregoing, the book provides Lapsus Linguae, Twenty Questions, Hangman, Puns, and The Longest Word (hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian is an oddity that might be thrown in here), not to mention Lewis Carroll's Word Games.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 4


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