Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia


Fear of very long words

TRANSLATION

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia = die morbide Angst vor langen Wörtern

STATISTICS

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“At 36 letters HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA
means fear of monstrously multisyllabic words.”

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Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
noun

- the morbid fear of long words

Segen’s Medical Dictionary


This word has four basic components changed to fit together phonologically: hippopotamus, monstrous, sesquipedalian, and phobia. Sesquipedalian is an adjective that means having many syllables.


LEARN TO PRONOUNCE LONG WORDS

(1) Break the word into syllabic groups

Hippopoto monstro sesquip pedalio phobia

(2) Use the “BACK-CHAIN repetition method - read the following

phobia
pedalio phobia
sesquip pedalio phobia
monstro sesquip pedalio phobia
hippopoto monstro sesquip pedalio phobia

Practice this pyramid until you are fluent... :-)

Backchaining is one of many drilling techniques used to solve pronunciation problems and to learn difficult words or phrases,… it’s also fun.

The teacher begins with the last sound, which the learners repeat, and then gradually builds up the word or phrase by going ‘back’ to the beginning.

In the absence of a teacher, read the lines backwards to yourself, silently or out loud (preferably in private).


Practice OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“Those suffering from HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA are advised against becoming doctors or chemists!”

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