Since I started blogging, I find my chatty emails to friends have gotten chattier and chattier. Embarrassed about that lately, well, I did not find an answer to the question I was googling (Does the word "logorrhea" properly refer to excessive writing as well as excessive talking?), but I found Phrontistery.info instead.
|Phrontistery: A thinking-place; a place for study. ... No other term is synonymous, and its intellectual if pompous sound merely adds to its charm.|
The author collects odd words. For some reason, many of them are from the year 1656, did he run across a book published in that year which was full of words coined by its own author? Anyway, here are a few I liked:
agonarch: judge of a contest or activity
Our competition will require six agonarchs to ensure fairness.
alabandical: barbarous; stupefied from drink
His behaviour after the party was positively alabandical.
amandation: act of sending away or dismissing
His rude amandation of his guests earned him a reputation for curtness
antipelargy: reciprocal or mutual kindness; love and care of children for their parents
Having never received any antipelargy, they wrote their daughter out of the will.
citharize: to play the harp
If you plan to citharize, prepare to build up calluses on your fingers.
egrote: to feign an illness
He was a master of egroting in order to find more time to study for tests.
flosculation: an embellishment or ornament in speech
The speaker's lecture was rendered laughable by ridiculous flosculations.
What a pitiful foppotee he was, always oblivious to our jeers!
gleimous: slimy; full of phlegm
Its gleimous tongue slipped between its teeth and ensnared the moose.
gnathonize: to flatter
I can tell that you're just trying to gnathonize me, you sycophantic buffoon!
kexy: dry, brittle, withered
The rustling of the kexy leaves alerted the campers to the bear's presence.
lugent: weeping; mourning
After hearing of the attack, her brothers were lugent at first, then enraged.
mitescent: growing mild
You're becoming mitescent in your old age, and can hardly stomach conflict any more.
pessundate: to cast down or ruin
The Roman Empire was pessundated by its economic woes rather than moral decline.
Despite the college student's pigritude, he continued to maintain a 'B' average.
prandicle: small meal
In those years, she would take several prandicles during the course of each day.
stagma: any distilled liquor
I will touch neither wine nor stagma, though I do occasionally partake of ale.
tudiculate: to bruise or pound; to work as with a hammer
He was brutally tudiculated by the bullies, so he started to work out.
vultuous: having a sad or solemn countenance
The child's vultuous visage was the key to the team's successful con game.
welmish: of a pale or sickly colour
Her welmish complexion was the first clue that she had become a full-blown addict.
Synchronously included among his very favorite words is one I used this very morning in describing last week's nightmarish find:
Miasma: Foul vapours emitted from rotting matter; unwholesome air or atmosphere. I can safely predict, with the current state of the environment, that miasma may become a much more common word in the next fifty years as it becomes a more common state of affairs. It has an appropriately gaseous and foul-sounding name, adding to its linguistic appeal.
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