Eleven Interesting Words

 How many words are in your vocabulary? The average high school graduate is said to know about 10,000 words. The average 4-year college graduate is said to know about 20,000 words. Do you have room for any more words in your vocabulary?
Here are some interesting words, which you may not know.
Upon learning an interesting word, if you’re like me, you’ll be tempted to work it into a conversation to improve your vocabulary or just to see the expression on your friends’ faces. Since this is an online conversation, maybe you’re feeling a little motivated now.
If after reviewing this list of eleven, you feel up for a challenge, please read through to the Word Power Exercise.


Eleven Interesting Words


Lamprophony  Loudness and clarity of voice
Floccinaucinihilipilification   Estimation that something is valueless.
Rhinotillexomania  Habitual or obsessive nose-picking  
Honorificabilitudinitatibus  In honor
Deipnosophist   One who excels at conversations at the dinner table 
Sesquipedalian   Using long words 
Farctate  Full (as from eating) to the point of bursting; completely satiated
Onychophagist  Person who bites his fingernails 
Bloviate  To Speak or Discourse at Length in a Pompous or Boastful Manner 
Dextrorotatory Turning Clockwise or to the Right 
Eleemosynary Relating to Charity, Alms, or Almsgiving 


Word Power Exercise:

See how many of these Eleven Interesting Words (EIW) you can include in a 50 word (or less) comment. The only two rules are: 1. Your comment must make sense, and 2. You may not use any of the EIWs directly beside another one, such as in a list. Have fun, and add your blog address, so visitors can stop by and say Hi.

About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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24 Responses to Eleven Interesting Words

  1. Outside My Brain says:

    Being a deipnosophist who talks in sesquipedalian sentances, I gladly comment honorificabilitudinitatibus of you. With lamprophony I would like to point out that better a onychophagist be than one who becomes farctate from rhinotillexomania. Too short to bloviate I imagine the floccinaucinihilipilification of this and exit in a dextrorotatory way.

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  2. Victor says:

    “MrBlue, a guy who likes to Rhinotillexomania, often speaks with Lamprophony. He is a Deipnosophist who likes to Sesquipedalian and Bloviate…”

    Half-way through, I have no idea what I’m writing about! Pardon my english. =)


  3. Erik Johnels says:

    To bloviate might be considered inappropriate for casual tête-à-tête. Yet, a bulimic sesquipedalian deipnosophist might avoid the farctate sensation by omitting to subject to floccinaucinihilipilification of its merits and addressing the an adjacent dextrorotary Onychophagist with lamporophony, Eleemosynary hindering said person from progressing to Rhinotillexomania. Which speaks Honorificabilitudinitatibus of vocabulary.

    Thats all of them, in exactly 50 words..

    Now quoting Chevy Chase in National Lampoons xmas vacation..
    “Hallelujah… Holy Sh_t…. where’s the tylenol?”

  4. Erik Johnels says:

    Actually.. can you remove the extra “an” before Adjacent detrorotary…… makes it 49 words. 🙂

  5. princessa says:

    Honorificabilitudinitatibus to the truth I have to say that I hate people with Rhinotillexomania. Onychophagists I can stand, but nose picking is just plainly disgusting. I met a Deipnosophist who had this two horrible habits, mind you he was also guilty of Sesquipedalian sometimes.
    I must apologize for writing this comment in such a Bloviate way, but I had to try!

  6. EyeJunkie says:

    Fortunately, I am not given to lamprophony as I attempt to be a sesquipedalian in honorificabilitudinitatibus response to your post. For, though I am a deipnosophist, my co-workers would accuse me of bloviation (?) if I tried to pronounce these words out loud, and send me away to seek eleemosynary income.

    http://www.eyejunkie.com — no sesquipedalia here, only the occasional rhinotillexomania of my 3-year old 🙂

  7. Hayley says:

    Honorificabilitudinitatibus of your request, there are many who have a Floccinaucinihilipilification for the written word. I don’t wish to bloviate, but as an English major, I find myself a deipnosophist. My husband claims I have a habit of sesquipedalian, and uses the excuse of being farctate to escape the dinner table.

  8. Hayley says:

    Terrific site! Thank you.

  9. Joe says:

    My wife will bloviate with lamprophony concerning my rhinotillexomania.

    This exercise reeks of floccinaucinihilipilification. If only I were a


  10. kellybax says:

    All I can say is “wow”! Too tired to try and compete with the word wise above 🙂

  11. kab625 says:

    I went to the doctor today. Doctors make me nervous. He immediately noted that I am an onychophagist. With a bit much lamprophony, he demanded my attention.

    I performed a bit of dextrorotatory as he examined my right ear, nose and lymph nodes. He then proceeded to bloviate about the fact that my nose red, documenting that I exhibit signs of rhinotillexomania.

    I did NOT want my insurance company to read that, so I displayed my penchant for eleemosynary, by offering him a gift, honorificabilitudinitatibus of his astute diagnostic abilities, while asking him to remove his notation.

    He refused. I called my friend who is a deipnosophist, because I had a strong urge to farctate.

    My friend showed up and immediately engaged in conversation that was full of floccinaucinihilipilification regarding the service at the restaurant, in sesquipedalian terms that even I could not comprehend!

    Bad day!

  12. cooper says:

    I wish I had time. Strangely enough the word Floccinaucinihilipilification was used by a commenter of mine some time back.

  13. Alexander says:

    Sorry, I don’t even want to appear to be bloviating! Catch you on the next one!

  14. I love this post. Thanks for adding some words in my very limited polysyllable vocabulary. Great exercise. Thanks! Here goes:

    I think I wouldn’t use all these sesquipedalian because people would turn rhinotillexomia every time I’d talk to them. People would be nervous and become onlychopagist if I bloviate. I don’t want people feel floccinaucinihilipilification. I like good conversations and not just me being deipnosophist that would be boring.

  15. janeycat says:

    I actually learnt the word floccinaucinihilipilificator when reading a Robert A Heinlein book.
    Although I seriously need a good run-up to actually say it!

    I’ve got a word for you, now. And it’s *much* shorter.
    Do you know what it means to “furse”?

  16. Thanks guys. I love these. I want to do this again in a week or so. I hope you’ll play again. To be honest, Janeycat, I did not know the meaning of any of these words before my research for this post. I’ll use Furse in my next Eleven Word post – Thanks.

  17. Mike says:

    Very fun! I did know one word. I watch The Factor all the time with Bill O’reilly.

    NO Bloviat (ing)!

    He uses that word all the time.

  18. Jack Payne says:

    I demand a refund, Rob. Highly embarrassing, coming from the author of 56 books (more than 7,000,000 words in print). But, I must confess, I only knew 2, and could figure out, from the roots and stems, another couple. That’s it. You win. Guess I will not be able to claim satisfaction until I can challenge you to a duel.

  19. Honorificabilitudinitatibus Rob, a passenger’s call demonstrates lamprophony and inspires an ugly verdict: floccinaucinihilipilification. Other passengers impede my rhinotillexomania, though not any sesquipedalian. No onychophagists are on the train, not even the one who bloviates while dextrorotatory, which brings to mind eleemosynary. Does this make me farctate or a deipnosophist? Pshaw!

  20. Oh my gosh this just gave me a TERRIBLE flashback to SAT classes back in H.S. LOL Loved this! Spamming everyone I know with it. I will be smarter if my surroundings are smarter…don’t you think?

  21. kab625 says:

    Oh dear! I used entirely too many words while having such fun. I didnt’ notice the 50 word thing. I still had fun. I’ll try to obey the rules next time (lol).

  22. Sensfaction says:

    I did your 8 word exercise and thought I would take a shot at your 11 word exercise. Now I don’t know if it’s possible but this comment could possibly make sense. And it’s only 35 words

    Honorificabilitudinitatibus of a deipnosophis who sesquipedalian and onychophagists causes rhinotillexomania in bloviate people. While thinking that car that only turns dextrorotatory was floccinaucinihilipilification had me screaming lamprophony. Now I feel like donating to a eleemosynary

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