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This word it really does exist

Google it, you'll see

A noun derived from Latin in

The 18th Century


It means the action/habit of

Estimating something worthless

So applying my great estim. skills

I estim this poem's worthless


Don Matthews August 2019

John Coopey.  A challenge for you.  Learn this and delight all us WOLers


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lynn hahn

Fri 11th Oct 2019 18:17

This is hysterical!

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Hannah Collins

Fri 11th Oct 2019 13:03

This poem isn't worthless because it's introduced us to a new word, which of course we will now use frequently. 😉

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Don Matthews

Wed 9th Oct 2019 22:53


Yes, I've seen some hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian people. They tell me it's too much takeaway, booze and telly.

I produced some chemical compounds during my time at university but could not reach the 1,185 league...😎

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 9th Oct 2019 15:58

Don - please allow me to refer you to "The Wordsworth Book of Intriguing Words" (UK) which contains the 1,185 letter word from
the American Chemical Society's "Chemical Abstracts". The WBOIW
also displays other examples but these fall short(!) as words spoken
or published and as such are held to be artificial (check Guinness Book of Records?) .But hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian delights
continue to appeal!!

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Ruth O'Reilly

Wed 9th Oct 2019 13:01

Well Don maybe one day I will record myself saying this long word for you! We should all do that!!! Well I do have an accent in an almost neutral kind of way. It's a Mancunian, Corkonion Irish lilt, yesterday someone told me I sounded very soothing 😁

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Don Matthews

Wed 9th Oct 2019 12:26


But can you say it? Don't ask me though - my accent would jar you. Oh, this reminds me, as radio presenter have you acquired one of these 'indistinguishable' accent voices? 😎

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Ruth O'Reilly

Wed 9th Oct 2019 12:21

Nice to see you speaking a bit of Hindi there Do.Do.Thy!

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Ruth O'Reilly

Wed 9th Oct 2019 11:23

Thanks for bringing that word back Don, it gave me a real sense of achievement to learn it. Not a good word for anyone with false teeth is it? 😉

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keith jeffries

Wed 9th Oct 2019 10:50


as an erstwhile student of latin I have never come across this word. I suppose it is ok if it is confined to two consenting adults in private.


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