Apr 17, 2014

expropriate

verb • to deprive a person of their private property for public use.

From Latin expropriātus, derived from expropriāre “to separate from one’s own”, from ex- “from” + propriāre “to make one’s own”.

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galactagogue

noun • a substance that induces lactation

From Ancient Greek γάλακτος (galaktos, genitive of γάλα (gala, “milk”)) + ἀγωγός (agōgos, “guide”).

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Mar 29, 2014

aphasia

noun • /əˈfeɪzɪə/ • a partial or total loss of language skills due to brain damage

From Attic Greek ἀφασία (aphasia), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + φάσις (phasis, “speech”)

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proprioception

noun • /ˌpɹəʊ.pɹi.əʊˈsɛp.ʃən/ (UK), /ˌpɹoʊ.pɹi.oʊˈsɛp.ʃən/ (US) • the sense of the position of parts of the body, relative to other neighbouring parts of the body

From Latin proprius “one’s own” + -ception (from perception)

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Jun 18, 2012

folie à deux

noun •in psychiatry, a form of psychosis in which two people who are intimately associated come to share the same delusions.

also:

  • fait accompli・noun・something that has been done and cannot be reversed
  • flânerie・noun・leisurely strolling without a fixed destination
  • frisson・noun・a sudden, small quiver of fear or emotional excitement; a thrill.

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May 21, 2012

bibliotaph

noun • one who buries books by keeping them under lock and key.

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Apr 24, 2012

fisselig

adjective • rhymes with "thistle fish" • flustered to the point of incompetence

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Mar 28, 2012

freols

noun • a time of freedom; a day free from work

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Mar 22, 2012

feax-fang

noun • a taking hold by the hair

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Nov 7, 2011

kassiber

noun • a letter smuggled out of jail, a secret coded message.

this german loanword is derived from the yiddish word kessaw meaning “written.”

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Oct 6, 2011

aread (verb) • to divine the meaning of obscure words, interpret a dream, or solve a riddle or enigma.

serendipitist (noun) • a person with an aptitude for making lucky discoveries by accident.

ululate (verb) • to howl or wail; to lament loudly.

these are some of the unusual words that make a cameo in the first chapter of a novel-length book that i wrote.

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Sep 23, 2011

over at the ragbag (a component of the internet) i recently wrapped up my word summer series. i have cross-posted a few of these here throughout the summer but because of trust issues, i have not posted all of them…until…now…so…here…you…go…

  1. crookle · to coo as a pigeon
  2. pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis · a factitious word alleged to mean ‘a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust’ but ocurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word
  3. gossipry · a body of gossips
  4. pulvil · perfumed powder for powdering the wig
  5. enatation · an escape by swimming
  6. lakke · one hundred thousand items, especially coins
  7. ben trovato · of a story: appropriate even if untrue
  8. gongoozler · a person who stares at anything for a long time
  9. belgard · a kind or loving look
  10. palpebrous · having large eyebrows
  11. tyromancy · divination by means of cheese
  12. polydoggery · the keeping of a number of dogs

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Sep 7, 2011

smogger

noun • the road-sign language of hobos

the pictographic language has a rich history which is said to have been introduced into england in the time of henry viii. here is a great resource for many of these long-lost signs.

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Aug 15, 2011

belgard

noun • a kind or loving look

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Aug 11, 2011

schlimmbesserung

noun • a so-called improvement that makes things worse

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