The piece begins with an unusual take on what H.W. Fowler called polysyllabic humour, ‘electrocardiogram’ and ‘phantasmagoria’ appearing in lieu of swear words.
As they continue to develop, children learn to segment polysyllabic words into syllables as they approach kindergarten age and monosyllabic words into phonemes around first grade.
Most, in fact, find themselves asking the class how to pronounce polysyllabic words, how to operate a projector or where they can find whiteboard markers.
Surely this precocious, polysyllabic facility is an invaluable boon to cognitive development.
No more biblish, no more tiresome polysyllabic nonsense, no more mundane middle-class mutterings.
That must have been one hell of a polysyllabic conversation.
And there's that love of Latin, obscure and polysyllabic words.
They cling to polysyllabic professors who find clever ways to say the same dumb things over and over again.
Some children, however, have problems with polysyllabic words, and so they need explicit teaching, coupled with broad-based reading experiences.
Narrative supersedes melody time after time; there are no real songs, just cacophonous noodling and stacks and stacks of polysyllabic words.