All seriousness aside: I do occasionally come across a word I haven't encountered before or whose proper use I've misunderstood. As an example, I recently learned that "oubliette" is the French word for "omelette". Also that "toastmaster" and "sous chef" are not interchangeable. And while the best-known maxim for writers is to "write what you know", I certainly enjoy flexing my mental muscles and looking for discrete opportunities to introduce a word or phrase that, while perhaps less frequently encountered, serves to encapsulate a certain je ne sais quoi (more French, and I'm honestly not sure what it means) where everyday-wordiness simply isn't up to the task. While I realize I run the risk of leaving some of my more pedantic followers behind (because they are, literally, "walking" followers), I get a thrill when sprinkling such bon mots (yet more French! It's like I'm bi-inguinal) into my posts and knowing that at least several of my literally dozen of followers enjoy being stimulated by such intellectual crap.
I recently came across the following list of rarely encountered words, a few of which may be familiar to some of you. But for the benefit of the other somes of yous to whomse they are not yet known, I have included definitions so you won't have to scramble for a dictionary (which I, as well, did not):
- captious: obsessed with hats
- bibulous: involved in an activity which requires wearing an apron
- tricorn: the offspring of a unicorn and a bull
- tenebrous: a group of slightly less than a dozen people
- braggadocio: an especially pretentious Starbucks order
- bruit: the act of manufacturing ale or lager
- valetudinarian: being exceptional at parking cars
- cenacle: ten times as frightening as a tentacle
- hypermnesia: a condition where one frequently forgets how to spell words beginning with the letter "a"
- estivation: a guess regarding the height of a mountain
- myrmidon: the leader of a group of undersea nymphs involved in a criminal enterprise
- regnant: an apartment-dweller who breaks a lease
- clerisy: a priest considering conversion to Judaism
- deracinate: to cool down after running a marathon
- oneiromancy: kissing one's own reflection in a mirror
- tatterdemalion: what remains after running over weeds with a lawn mower
- hypnopompic: the state of being entranced by extravagant spectacle
- pule: the antonym of "pyush"
- funambulist: an EMT relating a humorous anecdote
Honestly, I'm not even sure my keyboard came with all the letters necessary to spell some of these. I plan to work on introducing them into my lexicon (when I can afford one -- I'm still tooling around in an aging toyoticon). BTW: wordplay involving an automobile is known as "carpaccio". And if you don't care for puns -- well, please take your beef elsewhere.
I've been LOLing the whole length of this post. Have you ever played Balderdash? You would be the world champion, I'm pretty sure.ReplyDelete