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The word Floccinaucical is a backformation from floccinaucinihilipilification, meaning “inconsiderable or trifling.”

The OED offers this regarding the lemma floccinaucical:

[f. L. flocci, nauci, nihili, pili words signifying ‘at a small price’ or ‘at nothing’ enumerated in a well-known rule of the Eton Latin Grammar + –FICATION.]

The action or habit of estimating as worthless.

1741 SHENSTONE Let. xxii. Wks. 1777 III. 49, I loved him for nothing so much as his flocci-nauci-nihili-pili-fication of money.

1816 SOUTHEY in Q. Rev. XIV. 334.

1829 SCOTT Jrnl. 18 Mar., They must be taken with an air of contempt, a floccipaucinihilipilification [sic, here and in two other places] of all that can gratify the outward man.

Also floccisnaucical a., inconsiderable, trifling. floccisnaucity, a matter of small consequence.

1826 SOUTHEY Vind. Eccl. Angl. 38 The Poet used them significantly, and never intended them to bear a flocci~naucical signification.

1829 — in Q. Rev. XXXIX. 108 The floccinaucities to which so much importance is attached.

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