‹  舍  › 
Weird Word of the Week Weird Word of the Week

Thursday 22 October 2020
Ab Vrbe Condita 2773

Facebook RecommendationTwitter RecommendationReddit RecommendationEmail Recommendation
10/18/2020



Antelucan (adjective)

Pertaining to the pre-dawn hours
Recent entries
Touch word to see definition.

10/11/2020: Dactylion (noun) The tip of the middle finger
10/04/2020: Toponomastic (adjective) Relating to the origin of place-names
09/27/2020: Opisthenar (noun) The back of the hand. (“I know this town like my opisthenar.”)
09/20/2020: Billingsgate (noun) Abusive or vulgar language. Derived from Billingsgate, an old London fish market where people supposedly swore a lot.
09/13/2020: Belletristic (adjective) Of writing that aspires to be aesthetically perfect (optimal rhythm, not repeating the same word too often, etc.), with less emphasis on actual content. Author Gustave Flaubert, for example, was noted for this.
09/06/2020: Panjandrum (noun) A rolling rocket-propelled device resembling a cable spool developed experimentally as a weapon by the British military during World War II. Also, a person who affects an air of authority — deserved or otherwise.
08/30/2020: Blodder (verb) To flow from a small opening with a gurgling sound
08/23/2020: Drachenfutter (noun) An offering made by a husband to appease an angry wife
08/16/2020: Autochthonous (adjective) Derived purely from one's own culture or ethnicity
08/09/2020: Zenzizenzizenzic (noun) The eighth power of a number. Coined by sixteenth century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who also introduced the plus (+) and equals (=) signs.
08/02/2020: Algolagnia (noun) Pleasure taken in both the infliction and the suffering of pain. Old-time English boarding schools, for example, traditionally/allegedly) featured this.
07/26/2020: Sinistrodextral (adjective) Left-to-right. The written forms of most modern languages, for example, are sinistrodextral.
07/19/2020: Quale (noun) The subjective experience one gets from a particular sensory stimulus — a color, a sound, or a fragrance, say — that may or may not be the same from one individual to another.quayle
07/12/2020: Scunner (verb) To feel disgust or to otherwise dislike intensely
07/05/2020: Nauscopy (noun) The purported, and as yet unexplained, ability to see ships over the horizon
06/28/2020: Tectiform (adjective) Roof-shaped
06/21/2020: Quango (noun) An organization created and/or supported by a government but independent of that government
06/14/2020: Hirudinoid (adjective) Leech-like
06/07/2020: Mumpsimus (noun) A cherished adherence to a mistaken doctrine or to a garbled use of language (for example, the corruption of hoc est corpus meum into “hocus pocus”). Also, a person who does such things.
05/31/2020: Etiolate (verb) To whiten by blocking exposure to sunlight. (You might do this to asparagus, for example.)
Poul Anderson
P.J. O’Rourke
Charles Dickens
Leigh Hunt
Lewis Carroll
William F. Buckley, Jr
Algernon Blackwood
Alan Dershowitz
Charlotte Mary Yonge
Jules Verne
Winston Churchill
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>In Harvest of Stars, there is this notion, not original with me of course, that it will become possible to download at least the basic aspects of a human personality into a machine program…<br><br><aside>Poul Anderson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:171px;"><i>Rasputin, a Siberian peasant, was a televangelist. TV had not been invented, however, so he had to swindle people one at a time.<br><br><aside>P.J. O’Rourke</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.<br><br><aside>Charles Dickens</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:150px;"><i>Your second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures he dispenses.<br><br><aside>Leigh Hunt</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.<br><br><aside>Lewis Carroll</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:184px;"><i>Dear Mr. Williams: “Restive” also means “balky.”  So it can be used halfway between restless and mutinous.<br><br><aside>William F. Buckley, Jr</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>The creature, he realized, had lungs and heart and organs. It had a brain! Its mind was active all this time. It knew it was being watched.<br><br><aside>Algernon Blackwood</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>Do not equate morality and religion. Although some great moral teachers were religious, some great moral sinners also acted in the name of religion.<br><br><aside>Alan Dershowitz</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:171px;"><i>If I write nothing but fiction for some time I begin to get stupid, and to feel rather as if it had been a long meal of sweets; then history is a rest, for research or narration brings a different part of the mind into play.<br><br><aside>Charlotte Mary Yonge</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:160px;"><i>Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.<br><br><aside>Jules Verne</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:172px;"><i>I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.<br><br><aside>Winston Churchill</aside></i></span>

Contact me

Facebook RecommendationTwitter RecommendationReddit RecommendationEmail Recommendation
Help support this site??Help support this site??

 ‹  舍  › 

kill-button
Name


Your email address


Subject


security question


Message: