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    ophiuchus is offline Junior Member
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    Question long books

    Hi,

    is there a word you could use to refer to books which are extremely long? I think I heard once something like pounder, but I'm not sure, and if there's one, I'd really like to know...

    Thnks

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    Default Re: long books

    I know words for that in Russian, but not in English.

    You can use "saga" to sarcastically/jokingly describe something that is very long.




    Unrelated aside:

    There's a word common in Russian that isn't very common in English: graphomania. It's a psychological disorder that causes a compulsion to write. It can be used pejoratively to describe someone who writes a lot at the expense of quality.

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    Default Re: long books

    is there a word you could use to refer to books which are extremely long?

    A doorstop.

    not a teacher

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    Default Re: long books

    Hi, thank you all.

    As a matter of fact I had thought of an epic, but - like a saga -, its usage is restricted to books with a specific kind of content. I've looked up tome in the dictionary and the meaning it adds to a book being long or thick, is that of being serious. So, the restriction in content is still there.

    Of all the proposals the one I liked best is doorstop!

    In any case I thank you all for your help.

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    Default Re: long books

    Tome is not only used for serious books, though doorstop is a good term.

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    Default Re: long books

    Ophiuchus, I can't find anything that sounds like pounder for this kind of book.

    Rover

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    Default Re: long books

    Could it have been something like four pounder, referring to the weight like a fish?

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