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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Wacky Words

from Voxy blog
weird

AGASTOPIA
n. – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

BIBBLE
v. – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

CABOTAGE
n. – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders

NOT: v. – to sabotage with cabbage and/or Vermont Cabot Cheese

DOODLE SACK
n. – old English word for bagpipe

ERINACEOUS
adj. – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

Although she won’t know what it means, never, ever tell your date Erin that she is “looking quite erinaceous this evening.”

FIRMAN
n. – in Turkey and some other Oriental countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign

GABELLE
n. – a tax on salt

HALFPACE
n. – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight

IMPIGNORATE
v. – to pawn or mortgage something

NOT: v. – to impregnate a pig

JENTACULAR
adj. – pertaining to breakfast

KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA
n. – fear of failure

This is the last word that someone with kakorrhaphiophobia would want to encounter in a spelling bee.

LAMPROPHONY
n. – loudness and clarity of enunciation

MACROSMATIC
adj. – having a good sense of smell

NUDIUSTERTIAN
n. – the day before yesterday

NOT: n. – a martian nudist

OXTER
n. – outdated word meaning “armpit”

NOT: n. – a creature that is half ox, half otter

PAUCILOQUENT
adj. – uttering few words; brief in speech

If you had to figure out how to use this word in context, you probably wouldn’t say much either.

QUIRE
n. – two dozen sheets of paper

RATOON
n. – small shoot growing from the root of a plant

NOT: n. – the offspring of interbreeding rats and raccoons

SALOPETTES
n. – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

TITTYNOPE
n. – a small quantity of something left over

Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!

ULOTRICHOUS
adj. – having wooly or crispy hair

First time you’ve heard this word? It’s probably a good indication that you don’t have wooly or crispy hair. Or that you do, and nobody uses this word anymore.

VALETUDINARIAN
n. – a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health

Think – “the valedictorian of hypochondriacs”

WINKLEPICKER
n. – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe

A close second to “tittynope” in the eyebrow-raiser category

XERTZ
v. – to gulp down quickly and greedily

YARBOROUGH
n. – hand of cards containing no card above a nine

ZOANTHROPY
n. – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

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