EpicentRx Word of the Week: Hippopoto- monstroses- quippedalio- phobia

Nov 6, 2023

“Hippopoto what?!?”

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia noun


Alternative pronunciation: fuhgeddaboudit


: fear of long words

Example sentences:

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia means fear of long words, which is, well, ironic.”

“The generic name for RRx-001 is nibrozetone, which is long but not long enough to provoke hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.


This word contains the root sesquipedalian, which means “long word.”

About the Word:

Coined by the American poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil in 2000, who probably deals with hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia because of her long last name.