/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’!