Is it magniloquent to use the word 'magniloquent?'
July 26, 2004 7:12 AM   Subscribe

Would it be inescapably magniloquent to use the word 'magniloquent?'
posted by the fire you left me to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
No, just a bit diffident to ask about it. :)
posted by Stoatfarm at 7:33 AM on July 26, 2004

I've always used grandiloquent.
posted by mmcg at 8:16 AM on July 26, 2004

At the very least, it's a bit recherche.

I decry this as a bad (but fun) AskMe.
posted by Capn at 8:20 AM on July 26, 2004

Whether you do or not is nugatory.
posted by dobbs at 9:14 AM on July 26, 2004

Masturbatory vocabulary peacocking is unbecoming.
posted by ChasFile at 9:20 AM on July 26, 2004

I'd never heard of magniloquent before. Now that I have, I probably still won't ever use it unless I'm being humourously sesquipedalian.
posted by cardboard at 10:08 AM on July 26, 2004

It depends, you don't have your name on your profile, if you are Umberto Eco or Martin Amis you can possibly get away with it, relevant to context, otherwise you may end up being thought of as a wanker.
posted by biffa at 10:22 AM on July 26, 2004

Feeling a bit euphuistic, are we?
posted by languagehat at 11:17 AM on July 26, 2004

How multiloquy, you polyloquent and linguaciously wrong-headed piece of inaniloquousness.

Nunshitter. :)

Oddly enough, magniloquent is a new one for me. I'm such a fraud.
posted by loquacious at 1:24 PM on July 26, 2004

The 'hat scores again. heh. Is there a question here?
posted by zpousman at 2:04 PM on July 26, 2004

I think it's a dandy word. While using huge words just to show off is certainly annoying, this dislike for any new or large words is the
of a condescending intellectual populism.

Further, a word like magniloquent can be better than "keeping it simple" in some cases - it can serve as its own example!
posted by freebird at 2:27 PM on July 26, 2004

posted by weston at 8:28 PM on July 26, 2004

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