I had to look up "sesquipedalion" while reading a case today. The judge could have used "wordy" instead, but I can understood how it would have been hard to resist going obscure on this one.
- A long word.
- Given to the use of long words.
- Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.
This reminded me of a joke that Barry Crimmins told at the Ding Ho Comedy Club back in 1980. "Funny thing about the word 'esoteric', not many people know what it means." Sue Strausman and I laughed. He pointed at us and said, "figures the ones who go to MIT are the only ones who get it."
- Intended for or understood by only a particular group: an esoteric cult.
- Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people.
- Confined to a small group: esoteric interests.
- Not publicly disclosed; confidential.