Sesquipedality [Noun.]


Literally speaking, sesquipedality is using words that are one and a half feet long. A related word is sesquicentennial – a 150th anniversary.

Seeds of Yardlong or Yard Long Bean

A sesquipedalian word is a term for a (very) long, polysyllabic word. This dictum doesn’t apply to German speakers though, as Mark Twain once observed: “Some German words are so long that they have a perspective”.

There’s a bean subspecies commonly known as a yardlong bean. It’s really misnamed as it’s ‘only’ half a yard long. Its scientific name, Vigna unguiculata subspecies; sesquipedalis, is more precise.

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