My wife came across an interesting word in a novel she was reading last month: orotund. I made a note of it, but the book was so bad she quickly traded it in at a local used book store, so I don't have a quote. The American Heritage Dictionary defines orotund as:
- 1. Pompous and bombastic: orotund talk
- 2. Full in sound; sonorous: orotund tones
And the etymology: "From alteration of the Latin ōre rotundō, meaning with a round mouth; from ōre, ablative of ōs, meaning mouth + rotundō, ablative of rotundus, meaning round."
Hah. What a great word. Might make a handy obscure insult to use so the insultee doesn't realize they are being mocked.