Monday, October 25, 2010

Unusual Words Defined: A - Z (Part H)

A continuation of the series.

honorificabilitudinitatibus: the state of being able to achieve honors.

It is considered by some to be the longest word coined by Shakespeare (appearing in act five, scene one of Love's Labour Lost), though dissenters might point out that he simply borrowed it from Medieval Latin. It’s the word honorificabilitudinitas, in the plural ablative form.

Thanks to Drew Mackie at Back of the Cereal Box

1 comment:

Rimpy said...

I don't think I'll be trying to work that one into casual conversation ;)

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