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Citation: flocci-nauci-nihili-pilification
Language: English but based on Latin
References: Master and Commander, page 302
Meaning: setting something at a minimal value


Following a humorous literary practice of long, compound words. Flocci = pieces of straw; nauci = trifles; nihil = nothing; pili = pieces of hair; fication based on Latin facere = to make.

Additional information

According to both the OED and Merriam-Webster (www.merriam-webster.com), "flocci-" does not mean pieces of straw, but rather pieces of wool, especially those "in loose fluffy organization."

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