inkhornism
Definition - Another name for an inkhorn term, i.e. an obscure, ostentatious word usually derived from Latin or Greek.

Notes:
1. A person who used such terms was called an inkhornist.

Example -
floccinaucinihilipilification, the action or habit of estimating as worthless (an inkpot term used in a 1741 letter by Shenstone).

Etymology -
They were so called because they were used in writing but not in speech.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1597–8:
"Singing his love…In mightiest ink-hornismes he can thither wrest."
(Bp. Hall Sat. i. viii. 12)



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