Is there a word or expression to describe when someone has learned a big word and is waiting for an opportunity to use it, in conversation, or otherwise?

Logophile doesn't really work for me.

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    If I knew such a word, this would be the perfect chance to use it! (Btw there's a rule that single-word-requests should have a fill-in-the-blank example sentence to show how your word would be used; it helps narrow down the required nuance. Any words that you've considered and rejected should be included too - with reasons - which would help fulfil the general research requirement for all questions on EL&U. And if you'd be happy with a phrase or an idiom instead of a single word, you might want to add phrase-requests and idiom-requests tags.)
    – tmgr
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 10:55
  • Exasperatingly, no.
    – Phil Sweet
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 23:24

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I propose champing at the bit. The mouth-centered, restrained eagerness fits the bill for this interesting state.

  • Great. This fits the bill pretty well , though you might want to cite this source.
    – Lordology
    Commented Mar 27, 2019 at 17:04
  • Updated with more apropos link. Thanks @Lordology Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 19:40

The only word I can think of would be logophile, but it may not be as specific as you'd like it.

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