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Unusual Words Rendered in Bold Graphics

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

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Dig the favorite much! I will definitely tell you about Greg at some point! His amazingness is humbling, actually. I'm holding you to this fantasy Scrabble game, I hope you realize that :) by megela Aug 28

Delicious is right. I love these. I didn't know a single word which is a little humbling. I'm not sure of my favorite, perhaps "tarantism". I love the definition and totally know the feeling. I don't have a trick to remember new words other than just trying to use the frequently. I like your idea of breaking them apart and making up stories. Was Greg truly gregarious? :) I'm still pretty sure you'd trounce me in Scrabble. by featherking Aug 28

Wowsers! These are so clever and pack such a punch to the eyes and brain at the same time. Sweet find. Do you have a favorite? It's so hard to pick! As I scrolled I kept thinking, "And THAT one is good too!!" I knew very few of those words, which was delicious in it's own right. I love learning new words, but have a terribly short-term memory for keeping them and using them. What's your trick for that? In junior high to keep up with vocab quizes- I had to break the word down and come up with some crazy story or reference that would trigger the meaning to pop up for me. Most of the time- the more obscure the reference, the better it worked, although some quite simple ones worked just fine too. My friend Greg, who has a fantastic personality, is the only reason I remembered what gregarious meant. As a bonus, I still think of him each time I hear it :) This would be a super fun project to work on. You could do a sea-based series! Nautical terms would match your drawing style perfectly :) And then I could buy your posters in your Etsy shop! #brokenrecord by megela Aug 28