Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #33

Thirteen Weird Words

Courtesy of the website 20 Weird English Words, a part of the List Universe.

1. Mungo - A dumpster diver- one who extracts valuable things from trash.
2. Mesonoxian - Pertaining to midnight
3. Lamprophony - Loudness and clarity of voice
4. Pulveratricious - Covered with dust
5. Selcouth - Unfamiliar, rare, strange, marvelous, wonderful.
6. Tyrotoxism - To be covered by cheese
7. Zabernism - The abuse of military power of authority
8. Limerance - To be in love
9. Inaniloquent - to babble
10. Nudiustertian - The day before yesterday
11. Erinaceous - Like a hedgehog
12.Rastaquouere - A social climber
13. Floccinaucinihilipilification - Estimation that something is valueless. Proper pronunciation based on Latin roots: flockə-nowsə-nəkələ-pələ-fək-ation.

Not a single one of these appeared in spell check, so make what you will of that.

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jenn said...

To be covered by cheese.....interesting.
Happy TT!

Head Gaggler said...

Wow, I should start using some of those into daily conversation, to sound smart! Or geeky. Great list!

Wakela Runen said...

Wow! I think people would look at me insane if I even tried to say some of those words.

And people wonder why each generation develops their own version of slang. Can you imagine if we were still using words like this today?

Anonymous said...

I am probably more excited that I should be to find a word for "To be covered by cheese." Hmm...

JAM said...

I'm with your previous visitor, learning a word that means "covered with cheese" is very exciting.

I'm sad to report that I've never heard of even one of these words.

My Louisiana Public School upbringing strikes again.

Darla said...

Wow. I'm thinking that my living room being pulveratricious sounds much better than it being dusty. I'll have to remember that. :)

Mike said...

Whoa. I think I'll teach my 4-year old some of these words so it would shock the heck out of my wife.


Have a great weekend.


crissybug said...

Holy cow! Those ARE the wierdest words ever! I will have to take note of a few, and use them when I want to feel smart. :)

aftergrace said...

#5 is a winner with me. Tomorrow I will try and use selcouth in a sentence. Like "Wow, you are quite selcouth!" What a way to amaze your friends and family.:}

Qtpies7 said...

I happen to think this information is Floccinaucinihilipilification, lol. I'll never remember any of them. Bummer, I like to sound smarter than everyone else. Especially when I go see my family this weekend, but my brother has a master's degree and is literally a nuclear scientist. Not much chance of me sounding more intelligent than he does.

Sarah said...

I love this list! This would be great to use in the game balderdash! I love learning new/big words. Happy TT~

Nicholas said...

I have come across #13 before, usually in lists like this. Some of the others are wonderful or should I say selcouth. They don’t deserve to fade into obscurity. Bring them into the mainstream!