Mudcat Café message #3544025 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #151691   Message #3544025
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
31-Jul-13 - 03:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: $5 Word Contest...
Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
Dictionaries define: "A fancy word", "A large word, often hard to pronounce". Examples I just googled rather suggest "A word too learned for the context in which it is used" - as if the speaker were overpaying a small service. I guess the expression originated in the time when $5 was real money. (Urban Dictionary mentions "$5 haircut" for "a total mess on the billiard/pool table" - that sounds more contemporary in terms of currency.)

The popular "Show Me the Way to Go Home (Learned Version)", as documented in many Mudcat threads, seems to me a good collection of examples, adding up to quite an amount even by today's value.

For this thread, words are particularly pertinent that are more or less synonymous to simpler and more common words. Scientific or medical terminology does not hit the point either, but manager-speak often does, even without resorting to other languages such as Greek. To serve that clientele, the notion should be rechristened "$5000 word" - a price that may be charged for one day and person in a crowded management training seminar. "Buzz word" is a related notion, but not exactly synonymous.