hexakosi...oh, forget it

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 10 17:30:01 UTC 2008

"Parroty". Not to be confused with "parody".

-- Dr. Whom
   Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoëpist, and Philological Busybody
   a.k.a. Mark A. Mandel
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On Jan 10, 2008 11:02 AM, Baker, John <JMB at stradley.com> wrote:

>        I suspect that the word is in the class of terms that are never
> used without an explanation of their meaning.  I'm not sure what,
> exactly, the purpose of such terms may be.
>        Their counterpart would be the class of terms that are used with
> the deliberate intention that they will be looked up in a dictionary,
> such as when a writing text advises avoiding sesquipedalian words (O.K.,
> you knew that one), or when a legal document is criticized as being
> psittacistic (there are people who know and routinely use
> "psittacistic," without need of explanation, but they are not lawyers).
> John Baker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of Jonathan Lighter
> Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 10:41 AM
> Subject: hexakosi...oh, forget it
> Here's somthing you don't see every day. About a town that whipped evil:
>  2007 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7163767.stm (Dec. 29):
>  "The fear of the number 666 is known as
> hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia."
>  JL
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