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Unusual Words Rendered in Bold Graphics. By Maria Popova A visual A-Z of the hidden treasures of language.

Unusual Words Rendered in Bold Graphics

As a lover of language and words, especially obscure and endangered words, I was instantly besotted with Project Twins’ visual interpretations of unusual words, originally exhibited at the MadArt Gallery Dublin during DesignWeek 2011. 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. Enantiodromia The changing of something into its opposite. Fanfaronade Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display. Gorgonize To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on: Stupefy or petrify Hamartia The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.

Infandous Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned. Jettatura Ktenology Leptosome Welter. 19 Outstanding Words You Should Be Working Into Conversation. There are some of our favorite words that appeared in mental_floss stories in 2011. Some are foreign words. Others come from medical dictionaries. And there's a surprising amount of hobo slang. Have fun working these into conversation this holiday season! Gene Lee / Shutterstock.com 1. 2. 3. 4. milliHelen: The quantity of beauty required to launch just one ship. Sesquipedaedalus: Prettiest Words: A Work in Progress. Wwftd dictionary index. [ home ] [ wwftd list ] wwftd dictionary index wwftd??

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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? The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources. Grandiloquent Dictionary. This is the result of an ongoing project to collect and distribute the most obscure and rare words in the English language.

As a word collector of sorts, I find this site exquisite. Definitely worth checking out if you are interested in rare or obscure words. – infiniti

It also contains a few words which do not have equivalent words in English.

Grandiloquent Dictionary

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. The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English. Ere are the 100 most beautiful words in English.

The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

How do we know we have the most beautiful? They were chosen by Robert Beard, who has been making dictionaries, creating word lists, and writing poetry for 40 years. For five years he wrote the Word of the Day at yourDictionary.com and since 2004 he has written up 1500 words in the series, So, What's the Good Word? Here at alphaDictionary. Below is a select list of his favorite words that he used in his poetry—or wishes he had. Dr. The words in this book will decorate your articles, essays, blogs, term papers, memos, love letters-even conversations with those we love. 100 Most Beautiful Words. More Beautiful Words. 100 Most Beautiful Words In The English Language.