/fil-a-vuh-ri/ n an idiosyncratic collection of uncommon and pleasing words

Quite a good one to start with I think! This word was coined by Christopher Foyle to name his growing collection of unusual words, which he began in 1990. I first came across this published collection (Foyle’s Philavery) in the Oxfam bookshop in Bristol, and was immediately compelled to buy it (which often happens in bookshops I must confess). It did not disappoint, and I soon resolved to learn some more unusual words and try to get them into everyday conversation. I have to say, that my life has been enriched by the discovery of words like ‘futtock’, ‘dangleation’ and ‘crapulent’, as well as the  existence of the word ‘Muggletonian’!

Millions of “non words” which failed to make the dictionary lie unused in a vault owned by the Oxford University Press.

Some of my favourite’s from the article:

Asphinxiation – being sick to death of unanswerable puzzles or riddles

Blogish – a variety of English that uses a large number of initialisms, frequently used on blogs

Lexpionage – the sleuthing of words and phrases

Pregreening – to creep forwards while waiting for a red light to change