I'm more than half way through The Horologicon. I feel pleased with myself for already knowing some of the words it contains, such as ultracrepidarian, which is a person who opines on matters they know nothing about. It has a rather interesting and amusing etymology involving a sneaky painter, a shoemaker and a sandal. Given the number of books I have read about amusing and peculiar words, I probably should know some of those in The Horologicon by now.
Today I used a word I learned from The Horologicon in a sentence - ploitering, which means giving the appearance of working. (Yes, I was referring to myself.)
While I'm being wordy nerdy, every now and then I ruminate upon the peculiarities of the English language, particularly on different combinations of letters that produce the same sound, and the reverse - words containing the same combination of letters that are pronounced differently. For example:
Different letters, same sound: SHshellocean
nauseous (depending on your pronunciation)
Same letters, different sound: -OUGH
(and, if you add a T) thought
There's probably some I've omitted. I do best at this exercise when I can't sleep, not that I recommend it as a sleeping aid. I'm not particularly interested in the reason for these peculiarities; it's the cataloguing that I enjoy - logophilia meets listaholism. This could be the nerdiest thing I've ever blogged.