Fifteen Minutes Of Fiction Writing Gallery

Sesquipedalianism: a lexiphanic poem
Posted by lostcerebellum, Aug 17, 2008. 12920 views. ID = 1607


Posted by lostcerebellum, Aug 17, 2008. 12920 views. ID = 1607
This post was written in 1 minutes.
Sesquipedalianism seems such a fitting name for a word that means using foot-and-a-half-long words.
This post has been awarded 111 stars by 26 readers.

Obsequious, a fancy word, is used infrequently,
And even then, in likelihood, it’s ostentatiously.

A scrivener with logorrhea incoherently
Endeavors to communicate through his garrulity.

Articulating thoughts by means of volubility
Is not synonymous with writing efficaciously.

Our language is a tool, intended, surely, to be used,
But not to make the reader feel grammatically abused.

Incessant tautological and pleonastic words
Connote verbose pretentiousness and sound somewhat absurd.

Don’t babble on loquaciously in insincere display;
"Succinct and cogent lucidness," is what I always say.

Copyright 2008 lostcerebellum. All rights reserved. has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.

You must be logged in to comment on or rate this writing.

Click here to join the Fifteen Minutes Of Fiction Writing Community!

This post has been awarded 111 stars by 26 readers.
This is a revised version of a post. Click here to view the original version


Aug 17, 2008
What a mouthful.
   ~Posted by Scribbler, Aug 17, 2008

Aug 18, 2008

"grammatically abused" What a great way to put it! :-)
   ~Posted by Katie, Aug 18, 2008

Aug 18, 2008
You've done it. I'm impressed. You've blown my vocabulary out of the water, and, for me, that's very refreshing!
   ~Posted by overmortal, Aug 18, 2008

KC Rell
Sep 13, 2008
I know it's trying to speak to me D:
*gets dictionary*
   ~Posted by KC Rell, Sep 13, 2008

Oct 18, 2009
You what what?
That is cool!
   ~Posted by Boy, Oct 18, 2009

Oct 19, 2009
Hey, I thought i would rewrite this in simple words. Are you ok with this? if you are i would lover your input as to whether i have got the definitions correct.
   ~Posted by Boy, Oct 19, 2009

Dec 10, 2009
Have fun. Sounds like a hard task to me, but I don't know just what you have in mind. The dictionary definitions would be better than mine. Besides, what makes you think I have a clue about the meanings of these words?
   ~Posted by lostcerebellum, Dec 10, 2009

Jan 21, 2010
Fair enough. Here, it's on my page. Feel free to correct it.
   ~Posted by Boy, Jan 21, 2010

Ari James
Jun 29, 2010
That's hilarious!!!
   ~Posted by Ari James, Jun 29, 2010

News!    Writing Prompt    My Assignment    FAQ    Contact    Privacy Policy    Search     Terms of Use     Login