What's a big-vocabulary word for someone with a big vocabulary?

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2014-04
  • PFrank

    What's a big-vocabulary word for someone with a big vocabulary?

    I'd like to say I'm looking for a "_____".

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  • PLL

    A lexicomane?  Literally: someone who’s mad about dictionaries…

    This seems to be too new and/or marginal a coinage to appear in the major dictionaries yet; but it’s made from standard parts, and made well, so should be easily comprehensible (certainly by any big-vocabulary-person), and seems to be gaining quite a bit of currency (googling it reveals plenty of use). On Wordnik.

  • Robusto

    I dunno, I kinda like Thesaurus Rex

  • RegDwigнt

    I was going to suggest sesquipedalian — which is certainly a big word, although perhaps not as precisely aligned with an extensive vocabulary as lexicomane (other than by inference). Still, I'm unsure that PLL's call is the right one.

  • chaos

    Vocabularian has the advantage of being quite adequately hoity-toity while also reasonably clear.

  • Scott Mitchell

    As @PLL and @fotunate1 noted, lexicomane and sesquipedalian are probably the words that most accurately describe someone with a big vocabulary.

    Here are some other words that mean one who studies or is knowledgeable in words; such a person would have quite an extensive vocabulary, I'd hope:

    • Philologer
    • Glottologist
    • Wordsmith
    • Vocabulist
  • Hellion

    You could go with "logophile", a lover of words.

  • F'x

    A lexicographer is someone who compiles dictionaries, maybe that would fit the bill? To be honest, your questions isn't crystal-clear...

  • user63626

    I came up with 3 terms.

    1. logophile - a lover of words
    2. sesquipedalian loquaciousness - sesquipedalian(long words; polysyllabic) ; loquacious(talkative)
    3. gross verbosity - verbose(wordy)
  • user39716

    Megagaltastic: I'm looking for a megagaltastic individual


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    Word for someone who loves to create and organise noisy, lively, chaotic events
  • CesarGon

    Some people love creating or fostering the creation of events that are noisy, chaotic and fun, such as parties, arguments, reunions, etc. Sometimes there's a negative connotation to this (like in provoking an argument), but sometimes there is not (like in organising a big, noisy party).

    The word I'm looking for would be the English equivalent to the Spanish armadanzas, just in case this is helpful.

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  • FumbleFingers

    I quite like hell-raiser. The alternatives suggested here, like roisterer, wassailer, merrymaker, carouser and reveller all sound either dated or archaic to me.

    For someone who isn't quite so "dangerously" boisterous, and not so closely associated with excess consumption of alcohol, there's always a live wire - a vivacious, alert, or energetic person. And as @RSG points out, there's also a party animal.

  • Joel Brown

    A ring-leader is the organizer of a circus (literally or figuratively).

    An instigator is someone who tries to start an argument or other confrontation.

    A troll is someone who picks a fight online.

    A cat herder is someone who tries to control an uncontrollable situation.

    If someone is the focus of attention and is motivating party-goers, they are the life of the party.

  • ajk

    A few words come to mind, but have too much of a negative or political connotation (inciter, agitator, rabble-rouser). The most neutral one I can think of is firebrand:

    1. a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
    2. a person who causes unrest or is very energetic

    It still has a slight negative bias, but to my ear is not as negative as inciter or agitator. The 'very energetic' component suggests an agent of chaos, but not necessarily in a negative way.

    Edit: For a more positive connotation, you could describe the person as Dionysian:

    1. of, pertaining to, or honoring Dionysus or Bacchus.
    2. recklessly uninhibited; unrestrained; undisciplined; frenzied; orgiastic.

    Dionysus knew how to throw a good party.

  • RSG

    Colloquially, the phrase party animal is exactly what you described.

  • simchona

    You could refer to that person as a reveler, where revel means:

    To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry.

    The Oxford English Dictionary adds:

    A person who takes part in a revel or revelry; a person given to revelling; (hence) a person who leads a wild or disorderly life.