Etymology

From hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian, an extension of sesquipedalian with monstrum “monster” and a truncated, misspelled form of hippopotamus, intended to exaggerate the length of the word itself and the idea of the size of the words being feared; combined with phobia. The word consists of 35 letters.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: ˌhɪ.pə.pɒ.təˈmɒn.strəˌsɛ.skwɪ.pɪˈdeɪ.lɪəˌfoʊ.bɪə
  • Rhymes: -əʊbiə

Noun

hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (uncountable)

1. The fear of long words, ironically. It is literally the hippopotamus- and monster-related fear of very long words.

Ben is a sufferer of a mild form of hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Source: Wiktionary.org.

I think I’m a sufferer of a mild form of hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophilia.

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