Sunday, August 28, 2022

Word of the Week: Floccinaucinihilipilification

Section:

An unusual way of describing something worthless

 

blank

“Floccinaucinihilipilification” became the longest word ever used in the House of Commons when Jacob Rees-Mogg used it in a debate on the remuneration of EU staff in 2012. It is of Latin origin and was apparently coined by pupils at Eton after they combined a number of roughly synonymous Latin stems.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg - Floccinaucinihilipilification
Jacob Rees-Mogg used the word floccinaucinihilipilification in the House of Commons in 2012

 

blank
blank

Our Word of the Week brings together “flocci” (a wisp), “nauci” (a trifle), “nihili” (nothing), “pili” (a hair) and “fication” (the process of becoming) to define something unimportant or having no value. It could certainly be used to describe the relevance of the Liberal Democrats post the 2015 General Election and equally sums up the importance of Katie Hopkins’ views on any subject. Floccinaucinihilipilification is a truly fabulous word and one all readers should find an occasion to use.

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:

     

    blank
    blank
    The Steeple Times
    The Steeple Times
    We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.

    10 COMMENTS

    1. Although he is doing jolly well; Jacob has a long way to go to catch up with his papa the late Lord Rees – Mogg of Hinton Blewett……..Clifton Prep, Charterhouse and Baliol

      His father famously ‘ parodied ‘ – if that’s the correct word – Pope’s 1745 prose in his famous 1967 Times article
      ‘ Who would break a butterfly on a wheel ‘, that questioned the severity of Mick Jagger and Keith Richard’s jail sentence

      The Rees – Mogg family are ‘ Top Dogs ‘ in the Bath, Wells, Bristol triangle, where young master Jacob is the popular and highly respected M.P.

      Jacob always attends the Annual Priston Fair, which is run by my youngest brother Dr Owain Jones – the popular and highly thought of Geographer

      Years ago I coined a word applying to a set of Antiquarian printed volumes where the labels are erroneous; all the volumes are present but in the wrong order…….the word is Juxtapixie…….do you like it?

    2. The Mogg family are just soooo pretentious. As a Somerset born fellow I can tell you that until the Mogg family got their hands on some Radstock coal mines they were very lowly fellows. In fact, some say that the Mogg family were of diddycoy stock(West Country for gyppo’s)
      Why is he fiddling with his cufflink? So affected

    3. Pretentious moi – pretentious toi?

      Well Peter; you certainly tell it like it is!

      Peasdown St John and Radstock were certainly ‘ rough old places ‘ and don’t have a fragrant reputation

      The Rees – Moggs certainly have climbed the slippery pole without sliding back down again……..

      That cuff link trick has probably been aped from Prince Charles, who has good south facing ‘ Duchy land ‘ in Jacob’s constituency north west of Priston…..

      From what Arial do you hail Peter?

      • Well Martin I do like to expose those who gives themselves aristocratic airs. And I seem to remember that Jacob used to use an Hon…well, to my mind it’s frightfully bad form for the child of some life peer to do so: in fact, I woud abolish life peers….frightful people in the main.
        I am a West Somerset man. You are right, Martin…rough places.
        Interestingly, the Mogg’s are no worse than many of the posing familles in this part of Somerset whose Palladium mansions were bought off the profits of the Bristol slave trade.

    4. I know Helena Rees-Mogg (Jacobs wife) and she is nothing but down to earth, lovely and a joy to be with, no pretention there whatsoever, on the few times I have met her husband he is lovely, if not a little English bonkers just like the rest of us! Peter, are you a little jealous? How many well to do families have bought themselves mansions off the profits of the poor, it still goes on today! I am sure you wouldn’t complain where it came from if you could buy yourself a ‘palladium mansion’?!

    5. So we pay Rees-Mogg over £120k a year( with expenses) to represent us even though he is bonkers?
      No wonder the country is in a state. As for pretension…using a courtesy title when just the son of a life peer is just that: pretentious.
      As a matter of fact, I would certainly feel embarrassed if my Palladian mansion was built on the brutal treatment of slaves…as was Richard Dawkins’s fortune

    6. 120k a year is quite a good deal given everything the ‘Honorable Rees-Mogg’ does for his local community, the Royals get millions a year plus their homes decorated for the odd fleeting appearance every now and then so I think our conservative MP’s are worth the odd 120k here and there! Dear, dear don’t you realise that every wealthy individual/family has somehow generated income from the less fortunate, it happened then and it happens now and will always carry on doing so. Peter have a G&T, I hear they work wonders.

      • Friends of mine….the children of ancient aristicratic dynasties, would never dream of using their titles.
        The only ones who ever do are the children of life peers….and I don’t class them as friends. They are those very common people who talk about ‘having a G&T…sorry, but so very Surrey!

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    £1 per week Supports The Steeple Times

    Help journalism to remain honest & independent. You can make a difference to the world today.

    3,028FansLike
    2,068FollowersFollow
    13,756FollowersFollow

    Subscribe For DAILY NEWS

    Please subscribe, like and share this unique site, it helps us tremendously. The Steeple Times in return will send you an email at noon each and everyday, that we sincerely hope you will enjoy & look forward to seeing in your inbox.

    AD
    Advertisement

    Trending Now

    Death By Ponzi – Jeffrey Epstein Associate Steven Hoffenberg Found Dead And Decomposing

    Ponzi scheming associate of Jeffrey Epstein and chairman of Towers Financial Corporation Steven Hoffenberg found dead and decomposing; revealed first on Twitter by crusading author Kirby Sommers.

    Another Met Mess – Inept Met Police Shockingly Shelve Jeffrey Epstein 2001 Abuse Investigation

    As inept Metropolitan Police unsurprisingly shelves investigation into UK activities of croaked paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Matthew Steeples reminds that they shockingly did same with their 1994 investigation into now convicted sex fiend Ghislaine Maxwell.

    Tone Deaf Dwarf – Skinflint Billionaire Bernie Ecclestone Curiously Claims He Can’t Hear In Court

    Tone deaf Putin and Prince Andrew bestie Bernie Ecclestone’s claim that he couldn’t hear in court is yet more evidence that this dwarf-like billionaire is completely off-the-scale arrogant.

    Help Find William Cookson – Missing Since August 2022 From London, SW6

    London based artist William Cookson has been missing since early August; please help his family and friends find this much-loved 45-year-old.

    Most Popular Artcles

    Who REALLY is Omid Scobie?

    An examination of the true character traits of the Duchess of Sussex’s PR peddling biased ‘bestie’ Omid Scobie by Nikolay Kalinin.

    Justice for James Scurlock

    Power of social media proven after senseless killing of James Scurlock in Omaha, Nebraska allegedly by a controversial bar owner named Jake Gardner who has been photographed with Donald Trump.

    Moron of the Moment – Prince Harry

    With his marriage to the woman formerly known as Meghan Markle, Prince Harry has morphed into an utter bore   Prince Harry used to be a...

    Scobie Orf!

    ‘MeGain’s’ bestie Omid Scobie deservedly gets slammed by ‘Yankee Wally’ Sadie Quinlan for getting her shut down on Twitter; this childish chap should now just ‘belt up, wrap up and shut up.’