Saturday, June 10, 2006
Odds and Ends ~ 3
Can you think of a good reason to add this word to your vocabulary:
honorificabilitudinity (ON-uh-rif-i-kay-bi-li-too-DIN-i-tee) a noun meaning Honorableness. Another form of that word was used by Shakespeare. It comes from Costard, the clown, in Love's Labour's Lost:
"I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon."
I guess you have to read it in context before it makes sense.....LOL.....but I prefer to use a shorter word, one less likely to trip up my tongue and send it crashing around my eye teeth!
And by the way: What the heck is a flap-dragon?