Irony at its Finest

Posted: May 4, 2016 in Articles
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I’m studying for my English Literature final, and I’m especially trying to memorize the definition of irony. I sometimes hesitate to use the word “irony” because I’m not always sure of the definition. I’ve got it now, and yesterday I saw a great example of irony. I heard the word “hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia” a while ago but I kept forgetting to look it up. I did so yesterday and discovered that it is the fear of long words.

It’s quite ironic that the word for the fear of long words is, in fact, fifteen syllables long. It is the longest word which ends in “phobia” and if you didn’t bother to count for yourself (I wouldn’t blame you), it is thirty-five letters long. I still can’t even pronounce it fluently yet!

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