Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Words

Words.  I love words.  I love discovering new words.  I love trying to work them into conversation. 

I have started a collection of words that, for one reason or another, have intrigued me.
  • Vilipend – v. to regard or treat as of little value or account; to vilify, depreciate
  • Terpsichorean – adj. pertaining to dance; a dancer
  • Psithurisma –n.  a whisper or a whispering sound
  • Pluvious – adj. of or pertaining to rain; rainy
  • Obumbrate – v. to varken, overshadow, or cloud; n. Obsolete, overshadowed, darkened
  • Nemophilist – n. lover of forests
  • Hamartia – n. tragic flaw
  • Gibbous – adj. convex at both edges, s the moon when more than half full; humpbacked
  • Fricative – adj. (of a speech sound) characterized by audible friction produced by forcing the breath through a constricted or partially obstructed passage in the vocal tract; spirantal; spirant; n. Also called spirant – a fricative consonant as th, v or h. 
  • Eponymous – adj. giving one’s name to a tribe, place, etc. (Romulus, the eponymous founder of Rome.)
  • Crapulous – adj. given to or characterized by gross excess of drinking or eating; suffering from or due to such excess.
  • Chiaroscuro – n. the distribution of light and shade in a picture; Painting – the use of deep variations in and suble gradations of light and shade; a woodcut print in which the colours are produced by the use of different blocks with different colours; a sketch in light and shade
  • Bouleversement – n. an overturning; convulsion; turmoil
  • Ataraxia – n. a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility

These are just a few of the words I have recently added to my collection.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.  Which is your favourite?  Use it in a sentence in a comment below.  (Yes, that is a challenge!)  


  1. I love learning new words too. Also fascinated by archaic and forgotten words too. Today we went to a street food market and I ate so much I had a truely crapulous stomach afterwards haha!

  2. Where do you find these words? Besides sitting down and reading a dictionary, that is! Looks like a pluvious kind of day here today, glad we got the windows washed yesterday!


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