Posted by Kathy F. on October 12, 1997 at 22:29:38:
In response to Two more thoughts about big words, written by Barbara on October 12, 1997 at 17:15:18
] ...One of our editors was a particular offender. I shall never forget one sentence that sent many of us into convulsions of giggles: "He imbibed a preprandial libation with the pulchritudinous polyglut." (Translation: he had a before dinner cocktail with the pretty, multi-lingual woman.)
My grammar books (starting in perhaps 7th grade, and continuing all the way through the 12th) had some examples of this sort of thing--which is probably why I am so aware of multi-syllabic words. I wish I could remember them. One is "manually operated dirt-remover"...a shovel.
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