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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

Hand Crafted Typographic Comic Book-Inspired Shazam Table Displaying a striking typographic design, this coffee table embodies the love for comic books and their wonderful other-worldly feeling – the Shazam Table composes an appealing atmosphere tinted with a little bit of of magic. Imagined by EViL ED and Dan Robotic of Evil Robot Designs – an artistic duo creating spectacular furniture pieces that sit at the border between geek and cool – the Shazam Table was hand crafted in solid American Walnut and finished with a light gloss oil. Resting on stained black oak feet, the table was inspired by comic book sound effects and beautifully integrated within contemporary settings. Using food for thought: Intellectual hunger, thirst, and omnivorous behaviors We search for things to read to satiate our intellectual hunger or quench our thirst for knowledge. A favorite of mine is the phrase that someone is ‘intellectually omnivorous’, meaning that their intellectual diet consists of all (omni-) types of brain foods. Junkier ideas which are sweet and appealing are called brain candy. Brain candy is the idiom typically used to refer to ideas or pieces of intellectual stimulation which, like candy, give us an immediate burst of sweetness, the ‘sugar-high’ of intellectual stimulation. A discussion that is particularly important or full of content, perhaps complex, can be called a meaty discussion. Teachers who stand at the front of the classroom dictating notes on a book are said to be spoon-feeding the material to the class. Any group that tries to inculcate a particular ideology in its members might be described as shoving it down their throats. If a theory is unoriginal we might describe it as warmed-over. Ideas are amorphous.

Hairiest Books Of All Time Rabbit, Bun By John Updike A tragic tale of losing one’s career and direction, Rabbit, Bun tells the story of Harriet “Rabbit” Angstrom, a 26-year-old ballerina, whose volatile relationship with her coach leads to exile from the New York City Ballet Company. Unsure of where she fits into a society outside of dance, Harriet refuses to wear anything besides her unitard and tights, and for months, never lets her hair out of a bun. From pirouetting down a mall’s escalator to giving her estranged family serious attitudes, Harriet struggles to find meaning in her new life free from chaînés. “The power of the novel comes from a sense, not absolutely unworthy of Thomas Hardy, that the universe hangs over our faces like a great set of hopeless bangs. Infinite Chest Hair By David Foster Wallace Wallace brings obsession, technology, and of course, chest hair to the forefront of intellectual discussion in this monumental book. The Lord of the Ringlets By J.R.R. A Dread in the Family By James Agee

100 Exquisite Adjectives By Mark Nichol Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue. Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues. Practice precision when you select words. Subscribe to Receive our Articles and Exercises via Email You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed! 21 Responses to “100 Exquisite Adjectives” Rebecca Fantastic list! 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 / 1. 2. 3. 4. milliHelen: The quantity of beauty required to launch just one ship. 5. 6. 7. 8. © Joe Giron/Corbis 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Thanks to Stacy Conradt, Adrienne Crezo, Bill DeMain, Haley Sweetland Edwards, Jamie Spatola, Ethan Trex and a reader named John .

Custom Coffee Table Acts as Giant Nintendo Controller Charles Lushear of custom design studio The Boho Workbench in Venice Beach, California, has created this fully functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table. The table (which is 42″ x 18.25″ x 18″) ditches plastic in favor of maple, mahogany and walnut, and lets you play NES games using the aesthetically designed piece of furniture. It features a removable glass top for when you aren’t playing games, a retractable cord, dovetail joinery and mid century modern legs. USB capability can also be added, and the designer is currently working on an inverted color scheme version and one with Wii capability for those without a NES console. The Boho Workbench

Critical Charlize Word of the Day! I am very real In October of 1973, Bruce Severy — a 26-year-old English teacher at Drake High School, North Dakota — decided to use Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, as a teaching aid in his classroom. The next month, on November 7th, the head of the school board, Charles McCarthy, demanded that all 32 copies be burned in the school's furnace as a result of its "obscene language." Other books soon met with the same fate. On the 16th of November, Kurt Vonnegut sent McCarthy the following letter. (Source: Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage; Image: Kurt Vonnegut, via Everything was Vonnegut.) November 16, 1973Dear Mr.

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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