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Are you a sesquipedalian?


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Well, are you - are you someone who is inordinately infatuated with polysyllabic obfuscation?

Perhaps not, but if you're young do you accept the view of this man who thinks that "younger people are coming to rely on search engines to do their thinking for them. The end result of this will be a standardisation of understanding itself, as people become unable to think outside of the box-shaped screen."?

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lotvic

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FE, regarding my answer of N/A to your second question - are 'oldies' now being asked to comment?

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john bunyan

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This site will generate gobbledegook if you are a corporate anorak. Plain English Society

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lotvic

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jb, thanks for that link - a definitive example of functional strategic programming.

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Snec

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Making words longer does not necessarily make them either better or more meaningful. America again I know but it quickly spreads - I just received this in an email from my (well educated?) grandson: 'I've just gotten back from the gym and.....'

That 'gotten' is getting everywhere, I don't know about you but it makes me cringe every time I hear or see it. It's so ugly.

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Snec

I don't think anyone is suggesting that long words are 'better''. The truth however, is that when a word is appropriate, or more likely to convey a precise meaning, there's an advantage to using it. The problems arise when those who hear or read the word don't understand it.... Which brings us neatly back to my earlier comments about vocabulary. The wider it is, the more likely you are to know what's being said or written.

The alternative is a world in which conversations are stilted, and books,newspapers and magazines are bland, dumbed down products, devoid of any flair.

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Bingalau

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Snec.

I think the word "gotten" is fine and I also think it has been in the English language longer than the USA has been in existence. (that's only my guess) It sounds like very old English to me. The americans tend to use older English words for some unknown reason. Maybe they like them?

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morddwyd

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When I was translating manufacturers' manuals into "MoD-ese" I can remember taking one writer to task for saying that a certain feature formed a "torus" around the nose of a torpedo (a torus is generally a moulding around the base of a pillar, particularly classical).

He was most indignant when I translated this as a "flotation collar", which is exactly what it was.

I had nothing against the linguistic capability my comrades in arms, but I couldn't see the average Navy or RAF bombhead wanting much to do with toruses!

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Snec

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Bingalau,

You may be right, I don't know but, whoever owns the word, it is being used more and more and it's damned ugly. Here's another one- 'I've been burglerized' instead of burgled?

I also have a love for Old English btw.... my favourite Old English word is 'Grobian.' I can insult people with that and they don't really know how cross to be ;o)

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Aitchbee

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I love big long words...tintinnabulation...is one of my favourites...I never 'mince my words'...so I am definately a 'squiddely diddely'.

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Woolwell

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AitchBEE - You're definitely something.

But what?

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