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Floccinaucinihilipilification


A word best left to the professionals—

the professional linguists and writers

who know how to pronounce

floccinaucinihilipilification,

who know its meaning

(the estimation of something as valueless).


Don’t go hoisting this giant over your shoulders.

Don’t try to stuff it into your roadster

or sensible sedan. There is nothing sensible

about a word with so many letters

and so many goddamn syllables.

You’re likely to just slip a disk or wreck into a post.


And, whatever you do, don’t try to write a poem

about such a longwinded flapping of gums,

this endless shower of hundies at a strip club,

this lengthy explanation of your true feelings

about the value of my work—not when

trifle is ready to spill from your tongue instead.


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