Remember I said I was engrossed in a book about some crazy American reading the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary? It took him a year to plough through the OED but I knocked over his book about it in a few days - or very late nights, to be precise. A vast difference to the last book I read which I chipped away at for months.
Anyway, here are my favourites of Ammon Shea's pet words listed Reading The OED:
Artolater: a worshipper of bread.
Antithalian: opposed to fun or festivity. A stick in the mud. Funny saying that....
Acnestis: the point of the back on animals between the shoulders and the lower back which cannot be reached to scratch. Or, in other words, the place where I am always itchy, dagnammit.
Adversperate: to approach evening. From the same root word as one of my new favourite words, vespertine, meaning twilight or dim or of animals that come out at dusk. As an aside, animals that come out before dawn or early in the morning are matutinal.
Aerumnous: full of trouble
All-overish: feeling an undefined sense of unwell that extends to the whole body. I used to use NQR (not quite right) to describe this feeling, but not anymore.
Bouffage: an enjoyable or satisfying meal. Try that one at your next dinner party. "Well, I must say, Barbara, that was a delightful bouffage."
Cachinator: one who laughs too loud or too long. Shea also lists grinagog - a person who is constantly grinning- and hypergelast - a person who will not stop laughing.
Fard: to apply cosmetics to hide blemishes. Says Shea: "I suspect there is a reason no one ever gets up from the table and says, 'Excuse me while I go to the ladies and fard'."
Gaum: to stare stupidly.
Jocoserious: half-joking and half serious. Obviously. I love that this sounds like a silly word someone made up but it's actually in the dictionary. Speaking of made up words, I may or may not have mentioned the word I made up to for something that's not quite blue and not quite purple - blurple. The other day a friend (Hello, Stephanie!) told me she saw blurple used in a catalogue to describe that very thing! One day I want to see blurple in the dictionary. Start using it, people!
Latibulate: to hide oneself in a corner.
Misdelight: pleasure in something wrong.
Mumpish: sullenly angry.
Nod-crafty: given to nodding the head with an air of great wisdom. In other words, looking smart without necessarily being so.
Onomatomania: vexation at having difficulty finding the right word.
Petrichor: The pleasant loamy smell of rain on the ground, especially after a long dry spell.
Ploiter: to work in an ineffective way.
Preantepenult: third from last. For when simple words won't do.
Psithurism: the whispering of leaves moved by wind. Pleasingly onomatopoeic.
Scrouge: anyone travelling on packed public transport such has we have in Melbourne will be able to use this word every day. It means to inconvenience or discomfort someone by pressing against them or standing too close.
Sialoquent: to spit while talking.
Tardiloquent: talking slowly. This describes a client at work very well.
Twi-thought: my head is full of these - it's a vague and indistinctive thought.
Unasinous: being equal to another in stupidity
Vocabularian: a person who pays too much attention to words. What the? That's like having a word for someone who pays too much attention to breathing.