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Expanding Vocabulary. Using a Dictionary. sesquipedalian. What do you think this word means? Write down a definition and identify the part of speech (noun, adjective, adverb, etc.)

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Expanding vocabulary

Expanding Vocabulary

Using a Dictionary


Sesquipedalian

sesquipedalian

What do you think this word means? Write down a definition and identify the part of speech (noun, adjective, adverb, etc.)

(Don’t look it up if you don’t know; just guess. If you do know the meaning, don’t tell anyone; just play along.)


Which of the following comes closest to your initial guess w hy

Which of the following comes closest to your initial guess?Why?

A.any semi-aquatic warm-blooded species equipped with webbed fin-like feet (e.g., walruses, sea cows, and otters)

B.a name given to one who rode a nineteenth century bicycle characterized by an oversized front wheel

C.language marked by words that are a foot and a half long; a person who uses words with too many syllables

D.a French-Icelandic pastry containing layers of frozen sweet-salty sorbet

E.In a style imitative of Antonio Luigi Sesquipedali, a 15th c. Italian opera bass-baritone renowned for his yodeling arias


Which of the following share an origin with sesquipedalian

Which of the following share an origin with "sesquipedalian"?

  • Susquehanna

  • sesquicentennary

  • bipedalism

  • Qu'estquec'est?

  • siesta

  • sesquialteral

  • sestina

  • equipage

  • squid

  • quipping

  • pedantic

  • Seskatchewa

  • pedestrian

  • impediment

  • esquire


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PART OF SPEECH

KEY WORDS

CONTEXTS

ROOT DERIVATION


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PRIMARY USE

OTHER USES

ORIGINS


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MORE ORIGINS


Which of the following can be sesquipedalian

ALL OF THEM!

BUT, BEWARE!

Not all of them are

synonymsfor

“sesquipedalian.”

Which of the following can be “sesquipedalian”?

Bombastic: using an inflated style of speech or writing

Didactic: concerned with the teaching of a lesson

Florid: flowery and ornate writing or speech

Grandiloquent: using lofty words or phrases

Highfalutin: reflecting an attitude of self-importance

Pompous: too elevated for the subject matter

Pretentious: affected; pretending to be more than what one is

Purple: ornately and showily phrased

Supercilious: arrogantly superior; haughty

Verbose: using too many words


Resources

Resources

Derivation: Miriam Webster

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sesquipedalian

Pronunciation: Howjsay

http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=sesquipedalian&submit=Submit


An academic voice

An Academic Voice

A formal, academic tone is not necessarily sesquipedalian nor verbose. It is a voice that demonstrates a skills with the subject matter and a facility with the language. It is a voice of authority, as “authority” is defined in an academic environment.

In 5 minutes, quickly write a short note to a friend of yours in as slangy and familiar a tone as you can, asking for a loan of some money for college. (Vulgarity is permitted.)

Now, another 5 minutes, revise the note into a request you will send to the Chancellor of a university. Consider all the changes you’ll need to make in order to convince the Chancellor to give you a scholarship.


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