I used to keep a notebook listing the new words I learned watching Firing line and would practice them by pretending to debate Mr.Buckley.
Sesquipedalian was one of my favorite words, followed by the phrase sonorously bromide, for no particular reason, just because.
Telegram to WFB from the editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica:
“Dear Bill, just what the hell does `immanentize the eschaton’ mean?”
I recall cutting my teeth on the notion of Conservitism and watching Firing Line with a legal pad ‘n pen writing down the words I had NEVER heard used before. Then I had to look up the words in a dictionary [gasp!]....which were often spelled incorrectly, which made it doubly hard. LOL
WFB was exciting and fun to watch him slice and dice Gore Vidal to ribbons. He and Bill Safire are missed. Greatly missed.