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Star lover
August 28th, 2018, 06:47 AM
Honorificabilitudinitatibus, meaning "capable of being honorable," is the longest word in the works of William Shakespeare.

It's spoken (not without difficulty) by Costard, a not-too-intelligent character in "Love's Labour's Lost," and was Shakespeare's way of mocking pompous people who use long, complicated words because they think it makes them sound more intelligent.

Shakespeare didn't coin the word, however. It derives from Latin and was in use hundreds of years before he put it into Costard's mouth.

auntstuff
August 28th, 2018, 07:58 AM
Thats worse than antidisestablishmentarianism.

grammaterry
August 28th, 2018, 09:07 AM
People who speak plainly with good grammar always seem the most intelligent.