At A Loss For Words?

I had a very interesting thought today… On a daily basis I communicate with a wide variety of people in a professional and personal capacity. I wondered at what level is my vocabulary? I know that by reading one can improve on the amount of words the brain stores, but does it actually come to use? I’m definitely guilty of using the words “awesome” and “yeah” way too much. In thinking this I had another thought, what if you used words that confused the heck out of people, even just for the fun of it! Kind of a social experiment. I would love to see or hear someone whose read this put it into practice, and if you’re still wondering what im talking about, check out the below… The Digital Donut “Unusual Words Dictionary” A by no means exhaustive list of rare, obscure, strange and sometimes funny words and their meanings that only seem to crop up in the strangest of conversations or never at all.

aeolist A pompous windy bore who pretends to have inspiration
agelast A person who never laughs
agerasia The state of looking younger than one actually is
agraffe The wire that holds the cork in a champagne bottle
algerining Prowling around with the intent to commit burglary
alphamegamia The marriage between a young woman and an older man
anopisthography The practice of writing on one side of the paper
apodyopsis The act of mentally undressing someone
autohagiographer One who speaks or writes in a smug fashion about their own life and accomplishments
autolatry The worship of one’s self
autotonsorialist One who cuts their own hair
basorexia An overwhelming desire to neck or kiss
bathykolpian Deep-bosomed
batrachophagous One who eats frogs
blandiloquent Speaking in a flattering or ingratiating manner
bletcherous Pertaining to something poorly or disgustingly designed
bombilate To loudly hum or buzz continuously
borborygmus The rumbling sound of gas passing through the intestine
brevirostrate Having a short nose
bromidrosis Strongly smelling perspiration
brontide The low rumbling of distant thunder
cachinnation Loud or hysterical laughter
cacoethes A bad habit or insatiable urge
cagamosis An unhappy marriage
callipygean Having well-shaped buttocks
cancatervate To heap up into a pile
capernoited Slightly intoxicated or tipsy
cataglottism Kissing using the tongue, French kissing
causeuse A sofa built for two people
charientism An artfully veiled insult
cheiloproclitic Being attracted to a person’s lips
chirotonsor An alternate title for a barber
cleptobiosis The act of plundering food
clithridiate Key-hole-shaped
colposinquanonia Estimating a woman’s beauty based on her chest
concilliabule A secret meeting of people who are hatching a plot
cruciverbalist One who loves doing crossword puzzles
dactylion The tip of the middle finger
dactylonomy Counting using one’s fingers
decubitis The act or attitude of lying down
defenestrate To throw out of a window
dehisce To burst open, as the pod of a plant
dentiloquent Pertaining to one who talks through their teeth
dephlogisticate To make something fireproof
digamy A second marriage after the death or divorce of a previous spouse
dippoldism The act of beating or whipping school children
dompteuse A woman who trains animals
eccedentesiast One who fakes a smile, as on television
emunction The act of removing obstructions from or cleaning bodily passages
estrapade A horses’s attempt to remove its rider
exsibilation The collective hisses of a disapproving audience
farctate The state of being stuffed with food (overeating)
filipendulous Suspended by a single thread
floccinaucinihilipilification The categorising of something that is useless or trivial
fuscoferuginous Having a dark rusty colour
gambrinous Being full of beer
gargalesis Heavy tickling
gargalesthesia The sensation caused by tickling
ginglyform Hinge-shaped
gongoozler An idle spectator
gossypiboma A surgical sponge accidently left inside a patient’s body
gowpen A double handful
grapholagnia The urge to stare at obscene pictures
gymnophoria The sensation that someone is mentally undressing you
hadeharia The practice of constantly using the word “Hell” in speaking
hamartithia Being likely to make a mistake
hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian Pertaining to extremely long words
honorificabilitudinitatibus With honour
inaniloquent Speaking foolishly or saying silly things
interfenestration The space between two windows
jentacular Pertaining to breakfast
jumentous Smelling like horse urine
knismesis Light tickling
krukolibidinous The act of staring at someone’s crotch
kyphorrhinos Having a nose with a bump in it
lalochezia The use of foul or abusive language to relieve stress or ease pain
lethologica The inability to recall a precise word for something
liripip The long tail of a hood in medieval or academic costume
lygerastia The condition of one who is only amorous when the lights are out
maledicent One who is addicted to abusive speech
mallemaroking The carousing of seamen on board Greenland whaling ships
mammothrept A child who is raised and spoiled by their grandmother
maritodespotism Tyrranical rulership of a woman by her husband
matronolagnia An attraction to older women, especially ones who have children
misocapnist One who hates the smell of tobacco smoke
misodoctakleidist Someone who hates practicing the piano
mulligrubs A state of depression or low spirits
mumpsimus One who sticks obstinately and wrongly to their old ways
mytacism The incorrect or excessive use of the letter M
nelipot Someone who walks without shoes
nepheligenous Producing clouds of tobacco smoke
nidorosity Belching with the taste of undigested meat
nudiustertian Pertaining to the day before yesterday
oculoplania Letting one’s eyes wander while assessing someone’s charms
onychophagy The habit of biting one’s fingernails
pandiculation Stretching and yawning before going to bed or after waking up
petrichor The smell of rain on dry ground
philosophunculist One who pretends to know more than they do to impress others
pogonotomy The act of cutting a beard
polyphloisboian Making a lot of noise or loud racket
preantepenultimate Fourth from last
prosopography The description of a person’s appearance
psithurism The sound of wind in trees or rustling leaves
pyknic Short and fat
qualtagh The first person you see after leaving your house
quidnunc One who always wants to know what is going on
quomodocunquize To make money by any means possible
recumbentibus A knockout blow, either verbal or physical
runcation The act of weeding
sabrage The act of opening a bottle with a sabre
saprostomous Having bad breath
scacchic Pertaining to the game of chess, or to chess pieces
sciapodous Having huge feet
scolecophagous One who eats worms
sgiomlaireached The habit of dropping in at mealtimes
skoptsy The act of self castration
slubberdegullion A filthy, slobbering person
sphallolalia Flirtatious talk that leads nowhere
steatopygic Having a fat behind
strikhedonia The pleasure of being able to say to hell with it
tachyphagia Fast eating
tarantism An urge to overcome melancholy by dancing
tetrapyloctomy The act of splitting a hair four ways
thelemic Permitting people to do as they like
tibialoconcupiscent Having a lascivious interest in watching a woman put on stockings
ulotrichous Having very wooly hair
ultracrepidarian Of one who speaks or offers opinions on matters beyond their knowledge
usufructuary A person who has use or enjoyment of something, especially property
ventripotent Big-bellied, gluttonous
vesthibitionism The flirtatious display of undergarments by a woman
vigesimation The act of killing every twentieth person
viraginity Masculine qualities in a woman
wanweird An unhappy fate
witzelsucht A feeble attempt at humour
xenobombulate To malinger
xerophagy A diet of bread and water
ximelolagnia The urge to stare at women who are sitting with crossed legs
xylopolist One who sells wood products
yclept By the name of; called
zenzizenzizenzic A number raised to the eighth power



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