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I recently stumbled across the word “floccinaucinihilipilification” and have been struggling to find ways of using it in polite conversation.
You did fine just now.
March 7, 2012, 2:54am
I have a floccinaucinihilipilification of the use of "floccinaucinihilipilification" in conversation.
March 7, 2012, 5:33pm
I don't think I'd ever use it in conversation, polite or impolite. There was however a game show in the UK called Catchword (early nineties?) where you had to make the longest word you could from a given set of letters. This particular F-word came up all the time.
March 8, 2012, 1:10pm
I remember that show. The host was Paul something.
March 8, 2012, 1:18pm
I can't even pronounce this word. so difficult
March 17, 2012, 3:20am
My suggestion would be not to use it. ;-)
April 7, 2012, 2:25pm
It would be impolite to verbalize that word, because it is difficult to say without spraying spittle on nearby listeners--both while actually saying it, and then immediately afterward when you are snorting trying not to laugh.
April 20, 2012, 7:45pm
I agree with dave. That's the only way to use it without drawing raised eyebrows. :-P
April 22, 2012, 7:48am
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