All languages evolve, which is a good thing. Unfortunately that also means that older words that are perhaps no longer relevant fade away and die. It makes perfect sense, and yet it's a shame. Those old words are often rich in connotation. They talk to us about times long gone and places we've never visited.
website - even though a bit too busy for my taste - is full of words that are literally screaming to be rescued from the dreary pits of oblivion.
Every single word in their collection represents a story, a setting, an era, a character or any inspiration you could possibly need. On top of that, knowing some of these words has to come in handy one day, be it to characterise a person in a novel or story or as a random interjection into casual conversation. And I haven't even touched on the insult potential! Your cocktail parties will never be the same again.
Here are a few suggestions:
- 'odynometer': an instrument for measuring pain. As in: 'I had to stop talking to him because my odynometer overloaded.'
- 'frutescent': having the habit or appearance of a shrub. For example: 'You, Sir, are without any doubt the most frutescent person at this party.'
- 'tortiloquy': dishonest or immoral speech. E.g. : 'I applaud the crafty tortiloquy in your inauguration address.'
Okay, your turn now:
- 'foppotee': a simple-minded person.
- 'aquabib': a water-drinker.
- 'theomeny': the fury of God.
- 'recineration': the second time a thing or place is burnt down.
- 'agonyclite': a member of a heretical sect that stood rather than kneeled. (I'm not kidding...)
- 'rhodologist': a person who studies and classifies roses.
- 'stiricide': the falling of icicles from a house.
- 'dodrantal': being 9 inches in length.
Don't miss this opportunity. Adopt your word today and help it to a new and meaningful life.
What do you think mine is, by the way? The first one to guess right will get a star role in one of my next posts.