A picture paints a thousand words…as writers we need to be aware of ‘pictures’ that abound around us. What novel do you see born in this oil stain on a garage floor?
Haplography: the inadvertent omission of a repeated letter or letters in writing (e.g., writing philogy for philology).
Illecebrous: tending to attract; enticing.
Jark: the seal of a counterfeit document.
Katathermometer: a device consisting principally of an alcohol thermometer, used to measure air cooling.
Lamprophony: loudness and clarity of voice.
Marline: a small cord of two loosely twisted strands, used as for winding around ropes or cables to prevent fraying.
Navette: jewelry; a gem, usually not a diamond, cut as a marquise.
Obnubilate: darken, dim, or cover with or as if with a cloud; obscure.
Palaver: noun: prolonged and idle discussion; verb: talk unnecessarily at length .
Quisle: to serve or act as a quisling (betrayer).
Remontant: (of a plant) blooming or producing a crop more than once a season.
Saponify: turn (fat or oil) into soap by reaction with an alkali.
Tacenda: things not to be mentioned or made public—things better left unsaid.
Undecennial: occurring or observed every eleventh year.
Vitrifacture: the manufacture of glass and glassware.
Wellaway: interjection used to express sorrow or lament (i.e. ‘alas’).
Xystus: (shrewish wife of Socrates) ill-tempered woman.
Yarnwindle: A device for winding yarn into a ball.
Zill: one of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing. Wait! Per the Urban Dictionary: A ferocious dangerous creature that gnaws fingers and toes off. Known to inhabit basements and lurks on poles and other small dark places. Sometimes will attempt to lure victims by making small calling noises and pretending to be friendly, but then attacks without provocation. Very small versions of this are referred to as WeeZills.
For additional odd words read my 2015 post: How ‘Odd’, an A to Z Word List.
Today’s look at the English language was influenced by Esther Newton’s March 16, 2015 Monday Motivation Challenge Special to write a short story, where the first sentence starts with A, the next B and so on, right through too Z. Thus, here is an A to Z list of odd/unusual words to help y’all.
Absterge: wipe clean; expunge; purge; purify.
Babeldom: a confused sound of voices.
Cafard: depression; the blues.
Deosculate: to kiss affectionately.
Fatalism: doctrine that events are fixed and humans are powerless.
Gynics: knowledge of women.
Haussmannize: to open out; to rebuild.
Ideopraxist: one who is impelled to carry out an idea.
Jolterhead: clumsy oaf; blockhead.
Kakorrhaphiophobia: fear of failure
Ladronism: banditry; robbery.
Matutinal: of, like or pertaining to the morning; happening early in the day.
Nakedize: to go naked.
Palative: pleasing to the taste or to the palate.
Quiritation: complaining; lamentation.
Raisonneur: person in a play or book embodying author’s viewpoint.
Sensiferous: conveying sensation.
Velation: act of veiling; secrecy.
Watchet: pale blue.
Xystus: covered walkway for exercises.
Y’all: Yes, y’all is not an odd or unusual word. I added it in case you needed a fine Y word to articulate your: second-person personal pronoun, both singular and plural, and both nominative and oblique case, in Southern and friendly English. 🙂
Zwieback: sweet toasted biscuit.