In honor of Dictionary Day, October 16th, let’s look at some odd words that could add zest to our writing:
Anguilliform: resembling an eel in form and characteristics.
Barmecide: adjective: illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing; noun: a person who offers benefits that are illusory or disappointing.
Chanticleer: a rooster in a fairy tale.
Etui: a small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles.
Hwyl: a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy which is associated with the Welsh people.
Mumpsimus: a traditional custom or notion that is adhered to although it has been shown to be unreasonable.
Rubricate: to add elaborate capital letters (typically red ones) or other decorations to a manuscript.
Triskaidekaphobia: Extreme superstition, fear of, the number thirteen.
Zoanthropy: delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal.
Dictionary Day is in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758.
Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.