Word for Wednesday (W4W) #39


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This week’s word is…


I ask you… how cruel is this?!


To make the word to describe the fear of long words a word containing no less than 36 letters is nothing less than twisted!

I will grant you, I did giggle at first when I came across it, but as a person with a pretty crippling phobia myself, my compassionate side won out.

Who do we write to in order to petition that this word be sent to Room 101?

I propose the phobia of long words be represented by an acronym instead… POLW. Isn’t that kinder?

Who knew language could be so mean?!



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12 thoughts on “Word for Wednesday (W4W) #39

  1. Haha! what kind of crazy word is that – not one for the dyslexics. And why does it start with ‘Hippo’? It’s nothing to do with hippos (or horses – if you’re thinking like an ancient Greek scholar) Ridiculous – but kind of enjoyable too.
    My addition is all to do with the link between a dreary day, jazz and Stephen Fry 🙂

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  3. English is littered with these.

    Monosyllable – Yeah I’m with everyone on that.

    Abbreviation – Seriously? Why so long?

    Lisp – Who the hell thought it was a good idea to put the letter S in a word to describe this condition?

    Oh, and how about this sentence? “The nurse wound the bandage around the wound”

    Or maybe? “The Principal went there to discuss their principle”

    You’ve got to love it.

    K xx

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