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These quizzes are for all you sesquipedalianists out there - enjoy!
12 quizzes and 135 trivia questions.
1.
Now Use That Word in a Sentence
  Now Use That Word in a Sentence   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
I surmised that a visual representation of these sesquipedalian words might provide the possibility of an accelerated understanding of their definitive descriptions.
Easier, 10 Qns, reedy, Jan 11 15
Easier
reedy gold member
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  Some Really Long Words   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Like the title says- a quiz containing an assortment of extremely long words. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, achernar, Sep 19 20
Average
achernar
Sep 19 20
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  Broken and Spelled Out   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
I'm not going to be coy about this. These words are all long and split into syllables. The definitions are given to you. All you need to do is match them up. It won't be easy; I know. But that's the gimmick. It's all on you.
Easier, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Mar 14 22
Easier
kyleisalive editor
Mar 14 22
728 plays
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Do You Know These Words
  Do You Know These Words?   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Here are ten very long words. How many of them do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, Ilona_Ritter, Jan 27 15
Average
Ilona_Ritter gold member
1089 plays
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  Lexicological Grandiloquence editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I love Big Words. REALLY Big Words! And sentences so tortuous the Mission Impossible team would get stuck in them. Never mind the answers - good luck just understanding the questions!
Tough, 10 Qns, anselm, Dec 13 09
Tough
anselm
2177 plays
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  Sesquipedalius' B Words   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Uncle Sesquipedalius, who loves to impress others with his vocabulary, has posed numerous single questions in the New Question Game. He has a superfluity of highfalutin words beginning with the letter B. How many of them can you sort?
Easier, 10 Qns, FatherSteve, May 31 22
Easier
FatherSteve gold member
May 31 22
191 plays
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  Sesquipedalius' A Words   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Uncle Sesquipedalius, who loves to impress others with his vocabulary, has posed numerous single questions in the New Question Game. He has a superfluity of highfalutin words beginning with the letter A. How many of them can you sort?
Average, 10 Qns, FatherSteve, Jan 09 22
Average
FatherSteve gold member
Jan 09 22
178 plays
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  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mouthfuls    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Letters are going everywhere! These words are extraordinarily wonderfully wordy. Can you fit these mouthfuls in your vocabulary?
Average, 10 Qns, exceller, Mar 14 21
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exceller gold member
Mar 14 21
273 plays
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  Sesquipedalian Logodaedaly Redux!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here we go with another set of questions for all you foot-and-a-half-long word wizards! (Er, that's the words that are a foot and a half long. Not the wizards.)
Tough, 10 Qns, ecoli23, May 04 08
Tough
ecoli23
604 plays
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  Sesquipedalian Logodaedaly!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you already know what sesquipedalian logodaedaly is, you'll probably like this quiz! If you don't know, don't worry, you'll find out when you play!
Tough, 10 Qns, ecoli23, May 04 08
Tough
ecoli23
816 plays
trivia question Quick Question
The designation of which inebriant is homonymous with that of a contrivance for circumvolving helically grooved pins?

From Quiz "Lexicological Grandiloquence"




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  "Spizzerinctum", A to Z    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Next to FunTrivia, one of my favorite websites is Spizzerinctum, home to many a sesquipedalian word (that is, a long one!). Here are 25 from the site; see if you can guess their meanings!
Tough, 25 Qns, tjoebigham, May 19 19
Tough
tjoebigham
May 19 19
754 plays
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  Quest for the Longest Word    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Words are quite entertaining, especially the ones elongated in length. Enjoy this quiz, one that will test you on your knowledge of REALLY long words.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Nickzdabomb, Jul 25 14
Difficult
Nickzdabomb
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Very Long Words Trivia Questions

1. In Lawrence Durrell's novel "Justine" (1957), he observes, "One could not expect more from an intruder of gifts who almost by mistake pierced the hard banausic shell of Alexandria and discovered himself." What does "banausic" mean in this context?

From Quiz
Sesquipedalius' B Words

Answer: ordinary, unrefined

The adjective "banausic" carries several denotations: ordinary, usual, unrefined, common, materialistic, uncultured. It derives from the Ancient Greek "banausos", meaning someone with a mechanical (as opposed to intellectual) occupation. This term derives from "banausikos" meaning manual labour, as contrasted to the (superior) life of the mind.

2. This is a jaw dropper! "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is a word that can mean something exciting and wonderful. Dictionary wise it has a second meaning that I might use when I am speechless. What is its second meaning?

From Quiz Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mouthfuls

Answer: something when you have nothing to say

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" has 34 letters and is pronounced "soo-per-kal-uh-fraj-uh-lis-tik-ek-spee-al-i-doh-shuhs". Many dictionaries list its meaning as exciting and wonderful. The word was made popular by the the song writers The Sherman brothers and Disney's "Mary Poppins", who described it as a nonsense made up word that meant "something wonderful when you have nothing to say". According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word was around 30 years before Mary Poppins sang "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and was invented by a columnist named Helen Herman in 1931. Helen Herman engineered the word with multiple words that meant exciting. She tried to sue the Sherman brothers for copyright infringement, but the Sherman brothers won in the end.

3. I'll start this quiz by giving you an answer! "Sesquipedalian" means "pertaining to, or using long words". But what exactly is the root meaning of sesquipedalian?

From Quiz Sesquipedalian Logodaedaly!

Answer: About 46 centimetres

Sesquipedalian literally means "a foot and a half long" - or about 46 cm. "Sesqui-", meaning "one and a half", is a much-underused prefix, I think!

4. The contrivance of tubular construction whose design is to expedite the perambulations of, inter alia, the infirm aged bears which proprietary designation?

From Quiz Lexicological Grandiloquence

Answer: Zimmer frame

Translation: What's the proprietary name of the contraption made of tubes which is used by, among others, frail elderly people to help them walk? "Design" is used in the sense of "intent". To "perambulate" in the broad sense is to move around the room, the universe, or anything between. A proprietary name is one over which a party has some legal rights, especially as a trade mark. If you don't believe me, check out the Oxford English Dictionary, whence all the definitions of loooooooooooong words in this quiz come.

5. What does it mean when someone speaks of an ARENOSE setting?

From Quiz "Spizzerinctum", A to Z

Answer: sandy

Our word "arena" comes from the same root as "arenose". Sand was found on every forerunner of today's arenas in ancient Rome (and of course, in Spain's bullrings!).

6. German playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) wrote, "It doesn't behoove elderly persons to follow fashion in their thinking nor in the way they dress." What does behoove mean?

From Quiz Sesquipedalius' B Words

Answer: to be suitable, appropriate

The verb "behoove" means to be necessary, to be appropriate, to be suitable, to be befitting, to be in one's own best interest. An alternative British spelling is "behove". The Modern English term derives from the Old English "behofian", meaning to need, and the Old English "behoof" which means suitable or fit for a purpose. Compare the Proto-Germanic "bi-hof", the Frisian "bihof", the Dutch "behoef", and the Swedish "behöva".

7. In nineteen novels and three short stories by Ellis Peters, and in the television series starring Derek Jacobi, Brother Cadfael has been introduced as a 12th century monk, apothecary and amateur sleuth. What is an apothecary?

From Quiz Sesquipedalius' A Words

Answer: herbalist/pharmacist/physician

In differing times and places, an apothecary functioned as an herbalist, a pharmacist, a prescribing physician, a surgeon, and a midwife. Medieval apothecaries either grew or collected herbs believed to be useful in healing. A modern apothecary has a degree (or two) in pharmacology and is skilled in the arts of compounding and dispensing all manner of drugs. The mortar and pestle are common apothecary symbols used by pharmacies in the US, Scotland, Germany and Scandinavia.

8. "Floccinaucinihilipilification" sounds like a word I might use when I am cleaning my closet out and throwing something away. What does this long word mean?

From Quiz Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mouthfuls

Answer: It is the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

"Floccinaucinihilipilification" has 29 letters and is pronounced "floc·ci·nau·ci·ni·hil·i·pil·i·fi·ca·tion". According to Alpha Dictionary and Dr. Goodword, it was first used in 1741 by the English poet William Shenstone, in a letter accusing a friend for his worthless love of money. It is an extra long compound word made up of four smaller Latin words: "flocci", "nauci", nihili", and "pili". Each of these words mean of little value or "trifle".

9. Having established in the first Sesquipedalian Logodaedaly quiz that you are a confirmed gynotikolobomassophile, you change the subject and whisper, "My dear, I'd love to see you in a nychthemeron!" as you:

From Quiz Sesquipedalian Logodaedaly Redux!

Answer: Pencil in next evening in your daytimer

A "nychthemeron" is literally "a night and a day", or a 24-hour period. Oh, and for those who haven't done Part 1 yet, a "gynotikolobomassophile" is someone who loves ("-phile") to nibble ("-masso-") on the lobe ("-lobo-") of the ear ("-otiko-") of a woman ("gyn-"). (There, now you've got a free answer when you do that quiz!)

10. When Porky Pig and Billy Budd are called BLESILOQUENT, what trait of theirs is referred to?

From Quiz "Spizzerinctum", A to Z

Answer: stuttering or stammering

Blesiloquence is stuttering or stammering. Porky made his fortune with his speech impediment. Melville's young sailor, however, as readers will recall, met his end partly through his stammer!

11. In "An Interview with Gnarmag-Zote", Ambrose Bierce wrote, "The great man smiled again, with a more intolerable benignity than before." What does benignity mean?

From Quiz Sesquipedalius' B Words

Answer: kindness, gentleness

In medical terms, benignity means generally harmless and specifically non-cancerous. To be told that a tumor suspected of being malignant is, in fact, benign is a cause for relief. The original meaning of benignity is the quality of being gentle, kind, gracious, and of good will. The Modern English noun "benignity" relates to the adjective "benign". Late Middle English borrowed "benignité" from the Old French, which borrowed it from the Latin "benignus" meaning kindly, generous, and friendly.

12. In 1999, Merriam-Webster published its "Dictionary of Allusions". What is an allusion?

From Quiz Sesquipedalius' A Words

Answer: an indirect reference

An alternative to the Merriam-Webster book is "The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion" published in 2010. Both attempt to catalogue, in alphabetical order, numerous allusions which may appear in speech or literature. An allusion is a reference to or indirect mention of something outside the scope of the present subject matter. The reference may be to a person, place or thing, an event, a work of literature, a myth or fable, scripture, or work of art. Some works are so filled with allusions that they are published in annotated versions with the referents identified in footnotes. One of the more challenging forms of allusion occurs when a writer or speaker adopts a few words, a phrase or clause from literature without placing the reference within quotation marks. English novels are notorious for such allusions to the King James (Authorized) Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.

13. This word deserves some kind of an award. "Honorificabilitudinitatibus" is a word that might be used at a graduation or ceremony. It is also the longest word in Shakespeare's works. What does it mean?

From Quiz Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mouthfuls

Answer: the state of being able to achieve honours

"Honorificabilitudinitatibusis" is pronounced "hon·ori·fi·ca·bil·i·tu·dini·tat·i·bus". Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest English word with alternating consonants and vowels. Shakespeare invented the word for his play "Love's Labour's Lost", and used it in a scene with Costard the clown: "I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon." (Act V, Scene I)

14. "Philtrum" is a strangely uncommon word, for a strangely common feature. Which show business personality never professionally exposed his or her philtrum?

From Quiz Sesquipedalian Logodaedaly!

Answer: Groucho Marx

Groucho started his career wearing a greasepaint moustache, and later grew a real one, hiding the two little ridges on his upper lip - his philtrum!

15. Following what dictate did the capon traverse the vehicular thoroughfare?

From Quiz Lexicological Grandiloquence

Answer: An innate desire to attain its opposite margin

Translation: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: To get to the other side. Hoary old joke, but I hope you enjoyed its new garb. If you're into hair-splitting, the OED describes a "capon" as a castrated cock (as well as a kind of fish).

16. What is one's garden doing when it's labelled CRESCIVE?

From Quiz "Spizzerinctum", A to Z

Answer: growing

"Crescive" and "increase" have the same root "to grow". The crescent moon got its name because its lighted area would soon grow larger with time. The popular croissant got its shape from the crescent moon on the Islamic flag; Viennese bakers showed their city's defiance and pride by making them in the shape of their enemy's symbol. (Croissants, of course, aren't in the habit of growing!)

17. For over thirty years, Paul Evans and Robert Kearney operated The Anglican Bibliopole on Church Street in Saratoga Springs, New York. What is a bibliopole?

From Quiz Sesquipedalius' B Words

Answer: a second-hand bookstore

A bibliopole is a seller of old books, especially rare books. Bibiopolist is a synonym. The term(s) derive from the Latin "bibliopola" which derived from the Greek "bibliopoles" meaning a seller of books. Contrast the French "bouquiniste" which means a peddler of books of little monetary value. The Anglican Bibliopole sold second-hand books on Anglican theology, liturgy, history, biography, devotion, and music. Sadly, their store closed in 2011.

18. Students of the kind of Ancient Greek ("koine") used in the New Testament are often confounded by the aoristic. What is the aoristic?

From Quiz Sesquipedalius' A Words

Answer: a verb tense

Because the aorist tense does not exist in Latin, Romance languages nor Germanic languages, it can be difficult for students of Ancient Greek to master. It also occurs in a few other languages (e.g. Sanskrit). It is very similar to the simple past tense in English and appears often in narrative. The aorist can be described as simple in that it indicates an action but says nothing about that action's continuation or completion.

19. Yikes! I might scare my poor friend with the word "hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" if I use my extra long vocabulary. What unusual fear does my friend have?

From Quiz Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mouthfuls

Answer: the fear of long words

"Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" has 39 letters and is pronounced "hi·puh·paa·tuh·muhn·strow·suh·skwipt·a·lee·ow·fow·bee·uh". Sesquipedalophobia is another shorter term for the phobia. This fear is considered a social phobia, where a person may be afraid of having a conversation or be under intense stress around around people. The American Psychiatric Association doesn't officially recognize this fear. However it may be a legit fear on a spelling test.

20. Having appended a codicil prefaced by the appropriate brace of characters to an autographed missive in which I had apprehended an omission, what appellative would denote a further addendum consequent upon my discovery of an additional lacuna?

From Quiz Lexicological Grandiloquence

Answer: pps

Translation: I write and sign a letter. I then discover that I've missed something, so I put it as a ps [i.e. postscript] after my signature. I then discover that I've forgotten something else again, and add it after the first postscript. What do I call the second postscript? pps means, of course, "post-postscript" - i.e. "after-after writing". "Codicil", like many other words, has a specific meaning (in this case, an addition to a will), but can also be used in a more general sense of a written or spoken addition to anything. I could, for example, give a codicil to this paragraph. ps Like this. pps "Lacuna" means "a hiatus, blank, missing portion". Use it in conversation. People will adore you and fall fainting at your feet. They will fight for possession of your spent cigarette butts. They will quite literally kill each other from sheer jealousy of one of your glances. (Well, it works for me!)

21. And it's time for a word which might be familiar to the young ones -- "Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz". "Wait!" you may say, "that isn't a word!". Well, according to a certain character from a kids' television show, it is! Which character is this?

From Quiz Some Really Long Words

Answer: Big Bird (from "Sesame Street")

Big Bird, that big, yellow creature on "Sesame Street", stumbles upon the English alphabet (abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz) and has absolutely no idea what it means. Thinking it's a really long word, with the accompaniment of a band, he breaks into a song! He starts singing "Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz", pronouncing it as "(ab-cud-ef-gï)(jek'l-m'nâp-kwûr)(stööv-wik-ziz)"! He is under the notion that after ascertaining the meaning of "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz", his "brilliance" as a bird will be known the world over.

22. What part of the body does the adjective DERIC (obsolete) refer to?

From Quiz "Spizzerinctum", A to Z

Answer: skin

The root of "deric" is similar to that of "dermal".

23. Poet Robert Greene wrote, in his 1594 poem "A Looking Glasse for London and England", "these [large leather bottles] of the richest wine, / Make me think how blithesome we will be." What does "blithesome" mean?

From Quiz Sesquipedalius' B Words

Answer: light-hearted, happy, without care

The adjective "blithe" had been used in English for several hundred years before it was compounded with the suffix "-some" in the 6th century. If "blithe" meant gay, cheerful, eupeptic, and upbeat, so did blithesome. The same thing happened to gladsome, lightsome, winsome, and lonesome.

24. This word might cause a cough or two. "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis" is a lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust. What geological feature, known for gas eruptions and lava, causes the blasts associated with this illness?

From Quiz Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mouthfuls

Answer: volcanoes

"Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis" has 45 letters and is pronounced "noo·muh·now·uhl·truh·mai·kruh·skaa·puhk·si·luh·kow·vaal·kei·now·kow·nee·ow·suhs". It is a fictitious disease caused by inhaling microscopic silicate particles originating from eruption of a volcano. The word was created by a puzzle-smith named Everett M Smith, President of the National Puzzler's League and a writer for the Christian Science Monitor magazine. He created the word by combining a series of medical and science terms during a puzzlers conference as an example of the increasing length of science terminology. The word was reported to The New York Herald-Tribune in February 1935 and subsequently added to the 1939 Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

25. Sequentially enumerate the digits of an anthropoid's brachial appendages.

From Quiz Lexicological Grandiloquence

Answer: One two three four five six seven eight nine ten

Translation: Count in order the fingers and thumbs of a humanoid's hands. My brachial appendages are the things on the end of my arms - i.e. my hands. My digits are my fingers. My eyes are green. My hair is obsolescent. My secrets are my own.

26. When one EXPISCATES something, what is the action spoken of?

From Quiz "Spizzerinctum", A to Z

Answer: investigating

"Expiscate" literally means "to fish out"; it's used as another word for investigate, as to "fish" for the truth.

27. From 1980 through 2001, the United States Army used "Be All You Can Be" as its recruiting slogan. Which Modern English word adopted from Ancient Greek means roughly the same thing?

From Quiz Sesquipedalius' A Words

Answer: arete

The Ancient Greek noun "arete" cannot be translated precisely into Modern English. It means excellence. It can also mean virtue. The poet Homer used it, as did the philosophers Plato and Aristotle, and the apostle Paul of Tarsus. It carries the sense of a thing which fulfills its purpose. It can mean living up to one's full potential or being the best one can be. In English it means the sum or aggregate of those qualities which make up an exemplary character. It carries the sense of fulfilling one's whole potential.

28. Put a finger on it! "Subdermatoglyphic" refers to the identity of prints. What specific part of the hand does this word refer to?

From Quiz Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mouthfuls

Answer: the underlying skin beneath the fingertips

"Subdermatoglyphic" has 17 letters and is pronounced "sub-dermato-glyph-ic". This is the longest word in the English language that doesn't use any of its letters twice. This refers to the underlying skin beneath the fingertips that determines the pattern formed by the whorls, arches, and ridges in a fingerprint. Each individual has their own unique pattern, that will reform in many cases, even if the outer skin is cut or damaged.

29. "Calzoons!" A fun word to say, but how would you (most) properly use it in a sentence?

From Quiz Sesquipedalian Logodaedaly Redux!

Answer: "I see London, I see France, I see somebody's calzoons!"

It's an obsolete word for "underpants", related to Italian "calzone". (And please don't mail me with ways to make "underpants" work in the other sentences. I really don't want to know.)

30. Leapin' lizards! I'll bet you've never met a reptile that was:

From Quiz Sesquipedalian Logodaedaly!

Answer: Pentapopemptic

"Herpetofauna" (reptile life) are generally "squamaceous" (scaly) and "poikilothermal" (cold-blooded), but not usually "pentapopemptic" (divorced five times).

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