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My fascination with underused, unusual, or unknown words; the etymology, etc. of the English language; unusual uses for words; and whatever else word-related that crosses my path.

AlphaDictionary Free Online Dictionaries * Corrected List of Philias - Fears, Loves, Obsessions. Our list of philias was created from a corrected list of phobias by simply replacing phobia with philia.

AlphaDictionary Free Online Dictionaries * Corrected List of Philias - Fears, Loves, Obsessions

Theoretically, this should work, although there are some things that we don't love. This does not mean that the philia word is not possible, so we have simply generated the list to remind ourselves that obsessive love is as real a potential human condition as is obsessive fear. A.Word.A.Day. Noun: 1.

A.Word.A.Day

A playful leap: caper. 2. A leap made by a trained horse involving a backward kick of the hind legs at the top of the leap. From Middle French capriole (caper) or Italian capriola (leap), from Latin capreolus (goat), diminutive of caper (goat). Earliest documented use: 1580. “This new book, the fattest so far, has a good many such rash half-caprioles of wit.” “Spectators can watch a horse smaller than 34 inches tall do tricks such as a capriole, an upward leap combined with a backward kick of the hind feet.”

See more usage examples of capriole in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary. Definitions, Unusual Words and Words. Bill O'Reilly: Factor Words of the Day. Worthless word for the day : an obscure words refactory. Word of the Day. Luciferous Logolepsy. Welcome to Luciferous Logolepsy, a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words.

Luciferous Logolepsy

Though the definition of an "English" word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, derivative, archaic or abandoned words in what we loosely define as the "English Language", that a clear-cut definition seems impossible. For the purposes of this project though, words are included that may stretch any basic definitions. Particular attention has been paid to archaic words, as they tend to be more evocative - as if their very age lends additional meaning or overtones.

Current personal favorites include "skirr", "epicaricacy" and "schizothemia". (To build your own links to words, simply link to the page they are on, and add an anchor to the URL with the word, like this: ) The letters in the menu above link to separate pages with words listed in alphabetical order. Corrections, additions or comments? 20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback. Photo: Katherine Hodgson If we all start using them, these words can be resurrected.

20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback

DURING MY UNDERGRADUATE studies as a Linguistics major, one of the things that struck me most is the amazing fluidity of language. New words are created; older words go out of style. Words can change meaning over time, vowel sounds shift, consonants are lost or added and one word becomes another. Living languages refuse to be static. The following words have sadly disappeared from modern English, but it’s easy to see how they could be incorporated into everyday conversation. Deshoda – 100 Most beautiful words in the English language* 100 Funniest Words in English. 100 Funniest Words in English Published on Feb 19, 2009 - 3:21:23 PM By: The Lexiteria LEWISBURG, Pa., Feb. 19 2009 - The Lexiteria has announced the publication of The 100 Funniest Words in English by Dr.

100 Funniest Words in English

Robert Beard, AKA Dr. Goodword on the alphaDictionary.com website. After a short essay on what makes words funny, Dr. "This was what I was born to do," Dr. Dr. The book not only discusses funny words, it does so in a funny style. The book is available now in paperback and in electronic form on line at Amazon.com in the US and UK, as well as at the websites of Alibris and AbeBooks. Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun!

Updated: 4/11/2013 Brownielocks and The 3 Bears presentCartoon Fun and Check our listing below to understand the conversation in our cartoon!

Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun!

Every generation creates its own terms as a way of expressing themselves or the times they live in. Rare Words, Strange Words and Cool Words. Vermilion - Paintings, Flowers, Fleas & More. Old and rare words. 26 Weird English Words from A to Z - Voxy Blog. Have you ever worn winklepickers or salopettes?

26 Weird English Words from A to Z - Voxy Blog

Is the saying about French women and their oxters true? Do your friends complain that you bibble too much? Have you ever experienced zoanthropy and been convinced you were an elephant? If you’re confused as to how to answer any – or all – of these questions, never fear! Weird and wonderful words. 13 Unusual Words, Beautifully Illustrated. Mellifluous -- a pleasant-sounding word used to describe pleasant sounds -- is a keen example of the wondrous, labyrinthine nature of language.

13 Unusual Words, Beautifully Illustrated

In an illustration he made of the word for a series of language posters, illustrator Mick Watson depicted a yellow music note floating towards each corner of the page. With mellifluous and the handful of other linguistic gems he's visually translated, his spare designs bring the mood of each word to life. "I'm fascinated with the idea of signs and symbols provoking a subliminal response in the viewer," he told The Huffington Post. "Some people are visual learners so anything that isn't just words on a page is helpful. Unusual Words. Unusual Words A by no means exhaustive list of rare, obscure, strange and sometimes funny words and their meanings that only seem to crop up in crosswords and dictionaries. Words that are used so seldom, you wonder who invented them and why. Home ~ The Stories ~ Diversions ~ Links ~ Contact.

A-Z of Unusual Words - The Project Twins. Bold graphics and visual wit are used to interpret and represent a collection of strange, unusual and lost words.

A-Z of Unusual Words - The Project Twins

These images explore the meaning behind the words, which are sometimes even more strange or unusual. This series of work has been exhibited during Design Week Dublin 2011 and has been featured and reviewed on various blogs and magazines including Brainpickings, The Huffington Post and Design Taxi. Awarded a Merit in the 3X3 Proshow and featured in 3X3 Illustration Annual 2012. Prints are available in our online shop. 50cm X 70cm Original Giclee Print on Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Rag, 310 gsm, bright whiteEdition Size – 10 (signed and numbered) Acersecomic: A person whose hair has never been cut. Biblioclasm: The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media. Cacodemonomania: The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit. Dactylion: An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger. List of unusual words beginning with A.

Grandiloquent Dictionary. This is the result of an ongoing project to collect and distribute the most obscure and rare words in the English language.

Grandiloquent Dictionary

It also contains a few words which do not have equivalent words in English. At present, the dictionary contains approximately 2700 words, though it is constantly growing. Following a large number of requests, pronounciations are now being (slowly) added to the listing, although it will be a long time before they are all added. After almost three years of work, the new Third Edition of the Grandiloquent Dictionary is now available as a PDF File.

Obscure Word Love. 29 Obscure Words That Everybody Needs To Know. OneLook Dictionary Search. Shakespearean Insulter. Writing descriptions and emotions tips. Daily Puzzle - 7 Little Words. World Wide Words: Recently added. Word Spy. Stuck for a word? Find Synonyms and Antonyms of Words at Thesaurus.com. Books on T-shirts.