13 fancy words to use to boggle people's minds

  • 2 August 2017
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Michael Bryan, 16, used the 45-letter long word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis at a Youth Select Committee (Pictures from parliamentlive.tv)

Do you know what pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis means? Well, this guy does!

Michael Bryan, 16, used the word at a Youth Select Committee meeting in July, when talking about money spent on mental health.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is "an invented long word said to mean a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust".

Want to use a fancy word like this to impress your friends and family? Newsround has got you covered...

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Image caption Being sesquipedalian can be rather helpful if you are doing a crossword

Word: Sesquipedalian

Means: Loving of long words

Pronounced: Sess-kwi-peh-day-leean

Sentence to use it in: As someone who is quite sesquipedalian, I make it my mission to use loads of long words in all my conversations.

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Image caption STOP with the long words, keep it short

Word: Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobic

Means: Someone with a fear of long words

Pronounced: Hippoh-poh-toh-mon-stroh-sess-kwi-ped-ah-lee-oh-foe-bik

Sentence to use it in: Any hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobics are going to really hate me with my new vocabulary.

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Image caption One ticket to...er... here please

Word: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Means: It is the name of a Welsh village and is the longest place name in the UK!

Pronounced: Llan-vire-pooll-gwin-gill-goh-gare-uh-win-drorb-ooll-llanty-sillyoh-gohgohgoh

Sentence to use it in: Fancy a trip to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch this summer?

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Image caption This new five pound means the Bank of England have decided the old fivers are worthless

Word: Floccinaucinihilipilification

Means: The act of deciding that something is worthless. This is one of the longest words in the English language, so any sesquipedalian would be wise to know this one.

Pronounced: flok-sih-naw-kinih-hillih-pillih-fik-ay-shun

Sentence to use it in: I am very offended by my friend's floccinaucinihilipilification of my amazing new vocabulary.

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Image caption Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is known for responding to some questions about his team with good humour

Word: Facetiously

Means: If you do something facetiously, you are deliberately treating something that is perhaps quite serious with inappropriate jokes or humour. It's a great word because it has every single vowel - and the semi-vowel 'y' - just once!

Pronounced: fah-see-shush-lee

Sentence to use it in: You should never behave facetiously when it comes to important and serious matters such as the use of fancy words.

Word: Antidisestablishmentarianism

Means: This originally meant when people were against the removal of the Church of England's status, but now it can be used to refer to a movement against the government taking away their support for a particular church or religion.

Pronounced: anti-dis-est-ab-lish-men-tare-rian-ism

Sentence to use it in: Did you know that antidisestablishmentarianism was left out of the 10th edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary by mistake? No, but you do now.

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Image caption This 100 carat diamond looks perfect to us

Word: Quintessential

Means: The perfect example of something

Pronounced: Kwin-teh-sen-shul

Sentence to use it in: I am a quintessential sesquipedalian.

Word: Boondoggle

Means: Work that you do just so that you look busy, but it isn't actually useful.

Pronounced: As it looks - this one's not too tricky to pronounce!

Sentence to use it in: You might think my mission to learn more long words is a complete boondoggle, but it's actually extremely interesting.

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Image caption Why use lots of words when you could use just one?

Word: Circumlocution

Means: The use of lots of words where fewer words would actually do the job.

Pronounced: Sir-cum-loh-cue-shun

Sentence to use it in: My love of circumlocution means you may think my sentences are unnecessarily long - but I would disagree.

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Image caption Are these big boats a little boastful?

Word: Gasconade

Means: To extravagantly boast

Pronounced: Gas-con-ayde

Sentence to use it in: I don't like to gasconade, but my vocabulary after reading this article is quite exceptional.

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Image caption A Brobdingnagian footballer (we're not talking about Michael Owen)

Word: Brobdingnagian

Means: Huge or gigantic. It has a capital letter as the word comes from the name of a land in Gulliver's Travels where everything is enormous.

Pronounced: Brob-ding-nag-ian

Sentence to use it in: I have a vocabulary of Brobdingnagian proportions!

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Image caption A wall. Literally just a picture of a wall.

Word: Lateritious

Means: All this word means is brick-red in colour... But it's a much funnier way of saying it!

Pronounced: Lat-er-rih-shush

Sentence to use it in: I am a huge fan of your lateritious T-shirt.

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Image caption Warren Beatty looked a little discombobulated by the bizarre ending to this year's Oscar ceremony

Word: Discombobulate

Means: To confuse (someone)

Pronounced: Dis-com-bob-bew-late

Sentence to use it in: Do you want to learn some more long words too or are you too discombobulated after reading this article?

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