unusual words

sough (v.) to moan, to rustle, to sigh;
           (n.) the gentle, soothing murmur of wind or water
dirl (v.) to thrill, to vibrate, to penetrate; to tremble or quiver 
effleurage (v.) “to stroke as one would a flower”
                 (n.) a series of light stroking touches
cafuné (v.) running your fingers through your lover’s hair
cataglottism (n.) kissing with tongue

words to keep with you
  • brontide:a low rumble of distant thunder
  • kyphorrhinos:having a small bump on your nose
  • petrichor:the smell of rain on dry ground
  • tarantism:the urge to overcome melancholy with dancing
  • iterum:to start anew
  • pandemonism:worship of spirits dwelling in nature
The Signs as Pretty Words
  • Taurus:Bucolic- In a lovely rural setting.
  • Gemini:Mellifluous- Sweet sounding
  • Cancer:Efflorescence- Flowering, blooming.
  • Leo:Lilt-To move musically or lively.
  • Virgo:Panacea- A solution for all problems
  • Libra:Gossamer- The finest piece of thread, a spider's silk
  • Scorpio:Cynosure- A focal point of admiration.
  • Sagittarius:Eloquence-Beauty and persuasion in speech
  • Capricorn:Penumbra- A half-shadow.
  • Aquarius:Inglenook- A cozy nook by the hearth.
  • Pisces:Lagoon- A small gulf or inlet.
  • Aries:Quintessential- Most essential.
a list of some of my favourite words (part 1)

aeviternity-the midpoint between time & eternity (the mode of angles, celestial bodies etc)
brilliant- splendid or magnificent; showing brilliance 
cacoethes-an uncontrollable urge or desire to do something idiotic or inadvisable, especially something harmful
cathartic- causing catharsis (providing psychological release through open expression of strong emotion; purification or cleansing of emotions)
celestial- pertaining to the sky, heavens, and universe beyond earth, or used to describe something heavenly or divine
enchanting- charming or captivating; causing an enchanted, magical or spellbound feeling
ethereal- relating to space and the heavens, or can be used to describe something light, airy, and delicate 
exquisite- carrying special charm or beauty; often associated with elegance
idiosyncratic- pertaining to idiosyncrasy (a habit or characteristic peculiar to a specific individual)  
lovely- delightful, inspiring the feeling of love
ludicrous- causing laughter due to absurdity, foolishness and idiocy
luminescence- emission of light at a low temperature via any method other than incandescence 
psithurism- the sound of wind rustling leaves
ridiculous- causing or worthy of ridicule or amusement caused by absurdity
unconditionally- unlimited
witty- possessing wit or amusingly clever
wonder struck- stricken by wonder or awe
zephyr- a mild, light breeze

Words To Keep;
  • Xenization - To exist as a stranger 
  • Scripturient - Possessing a violent desire to write 
  • Illeism - The act of referring to oneself in third person
  • Panjandrum - Someone how has or claim to have a great deal of authority or influence
  • Insouciance - Lack of concern
  • Inkling - A slight suspicion 
  • Macrocosm - The universe
  • Sophistry - A plausible, but misleading or fallacious argument
  • Basorexia - The overwhelming urge to kiss someone
  • Verklempt - Overcome with emotion
the signs as unusual and lost words
  • Aries:querencia (n) - the place where you are your most authentic self
  • Taurus:amaranthine (adj) - undying, eternally beautiful
  • Gemini:abditory (n) - a place in which you can disappear, a hiding place
  • Cancer:philocaly (n) - the love of beauty
  • Leo:eunoia (n) - beautiful thinking
  • Virgo:nefelibata (n) - one who walks on clouds; a dreamer
  • Libra:meliorism (n) - a belief that the world can be made better by human effort
  • Scorpio:apricity (n) - the warmth of the sun in winter
  • Sagittarius:cosmogyral (adj) - whirling around the universe
  • Capricorn:mizpah (n) - the deep emotional bond between people
  • Aquarius:kalon (n) - beauty that is more than skin deep
  • Pisces:naemophilist (n) - a haunter of the woods, one that loves the forest and its beauty and solitude
Linguistically Sexy

Here are 16 words pertaining to the more physical side of love.

APODYOPSIS- the act of mentally undressing someone

AUTOLATRY- the worship of one’s self

BASOREXIA- the overwhelming desire to neck or kiss

CATAGLOTTISM- French kissing (kissing using the tongue)

CHEILOPROCLITIC- being attracted to a person’s lips

COLPOSINQUANOIA- estimating a woman’s beauty based on her chest

GRAPHOLAGNIA- the urge to stare at obscene pictures

GYMNOPHORIA- the feeling that someone is mentally undressing you

KRUKOLIBIDINOUS- the act of staring at someone’s crotch

LYGERASTIA- the condition of only being amorous when the lights are out

MATRONOLAGNIA- the attraction to older women, especially those with children

OCULOPLANIA- letting one’s eyes wander while assessing someone’s charms

SPHALLOLALIA- flirtatious talk that leads nowhere

TIBIALOCONCUPISCENT- having an interest in watching a woman put on stockings

VESTHIBITIONISM- a woman’s flirtatious display of undergarments

XIMELOLAGNIA- the urge to stare at women who are crossing their legs

These and many other words found here: http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/unuwords.htm

Unusual Words


abacinate      To blind by putting a hot copper basin near someone’s eyes

abderian        Given to incessant or idiotic laughter

abecedarian   A person who is learning the alphabet

abligurition   Excessive spending on food and drink

accubation    The practice of eating or drinking while lying down

adelphepothia  An incestuous desire for one’s sister

adelphirexia     An incestuous desire for one’s nephew

adelphithymia  An incestuous desire for one’s niece

adoxography    Skilled writing on an unimportant subject

aeolist              A pompous windy bore who pretends to have inspiration

agelast             A person who never laughs

agerasia           The state of looking younger than one actually is

agraffe             The wire that holds the cork in a champagne bottle

algerining        Prowling around with the intent to commit burglary

alphamegamia  The marriage between a young woman and an older man

anopisthography     The practice of writing on one side of the paper

apodyopsis              The act of mentally undressing someone

autohagiographer    One who speaks or writes in a smug fashion about their own life and accomplishments

autolatry        The worship of one’s self

autotonsorialist One who cuts their own hair


basorexia              An overwhelming desire to neck or kiss

bathykolpian         Deep-bosomed

batrachophagous  One who eats frogs

blandiloquent       Speaking in a flattering or ingratiating manner

bletcherous           Pertaining to something poorly or disgustingly designed

bombilate              To loudly hum or buzz continuously

borborygmus         The rumbling sound of gas passing through the intestine

brevirostrate          Having a short nose

bromidrosis Strongly smelling perspiration

brontide                 The low rumbling of distant thunder


cachinnation            Loud or hysterical laughter

cacoethes                A bad habit or insatiable urge

cagamosis               An unhappy marriage

callipygean              Having well-shaped buttocks

cancatervate            To heap up into a pile

capernoited             Slightly intoxicated or tipsy

cataglottism            Kissing using the tongue, French kissing

causeuse                 A sofa built for two people

charientism             An artfully veiled insult

cheiloproclitic          Being attracted to a person’s lips

chirotonsor              An alternate title for a barber

cleptobiosis             The act of plundering food

clithridiate               Key-hole-shaped

colposinquanonia    Estimating a woman’s beauty based on her chest

concilliabule            A secret meeting of people who are hatching a plot

cruciverbalist           One who loves doing crossword puzzles


dactylion                The tip of the middle finger

dactylonomy          Counting using one’s fingers

decubitis                The act or attitude of lying down

defenestrate          To throw out of a window

dehisce                  To burst open, as the pod of a plant

dentiloquent          Pertaining to one who talks through their teeth

dephlogisticate      To make something fireproof

digamy                  A second marriage after the death or divorce of a previous spouse

dippoldism            The act of beating or whipping school children

dompteuse            A woman who trains animals


eccedentesiast       One who fakes a smile, as on television

emunction              The act of removing obstructions from or cleaning bodily passages

estrapade               A horses’s attempt to remove its rider

exsibilation            The collective hisses of a disapproving audience


farctate                  The state of being stuffed with food (overeating)

filipendulous          Suspended by a single thread

floccinaucinihilipilification       The categorising of something that is useless or trivial

fuscoferuginous                       Having a dark rusty colour


gambrinous            Being full of beer

gargalesis               Heavy tickling

gargalesthesia        The sensation caused by tickling

ginglyform              Hinge-shaped

gongoozler             An idle spectator

gossypiboma          A surgical sponge accidently left inside a patient’s body

gowpen                  A double handful

grapholagnia          The urge to stare at obscene pictures

gymnophoria          The sensation that someone is mentally undressing you


hadeharia               The practice of constantly using the word “Hell” in speaking

hamartithia            Being likely to make a mistake

hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian          Pertaining to extremely long words

honorificabilitudinitatibus                      With honour


inaniloquent           Speaking foolishly or saying silly things

interfenestration     The space between two windows


jentacular                Pertaining to breakfast

jumentous               Smelling like horse urine


knismesis                Light tickling

krukolibidinous       The act of staring at someone’s crotch

kyphorrhinos           Having a nose with a bump in it


lalochezia                The use of foul or abusive language to relieve stress or ease pain

lethologica               The inability to recall a precise word for something

liripip                       The long tail of a hood in medieval or academic costume

lygerastia                 The condition of one who is only amorous when the lights are out


maledicent                One who is addicted to abusive speech

mallemaroking          The carousing of seamen on board Greenland whaling ships

mammothrept           A child who is raised and spoiled by their grandmother

maritodespotism       Tyrranical rulership of a woman by her husband

matronolagnia           An attraction to older women, especially ones who have children

misocapnist               One who hates the smell of tobacco smoke

misodoctakleidist       Someone who hates practicing the piano

mulligrubs                 A state of depression or low spirits

mumpsimus              One who sticks obstinately and wrongly to their old ways

mytacism                  The incorrect or excessive use of the letter M


nelipot                      Someone who walks without shoes

nepheligenous          Producing clouds of tobacco smoke

nidorosity                 Belching with the taste of undigested meat

nudiustertian            Pertaining to the day before yesterday


oculoplania           Letting one’s eyes wander while assessing someone’s charms

onychophagy        The habit of biting one’s fingernails


pandiculation        Stretching and yawning before going to bed or after waking up

petrichor               The smell of rain on dry ground

philosophunculist  One who pretends to know more than they do to impress others

pogonotomy          The act of cutting a beard

polyphloisboian     Making a lot of noise or loud racket

preantepenultimate            Fourth from last

prosopography                   The description of a person’s appearance

psithurism                          The sound of wind in trees or rustling leaves

pyknic                                 Short and fat


qualtagh               The first person you see after leaving your house

quidnunc              One who always wants to know what is going on

quomodocunquize       To make money by any means possible


recumbentibus           A knockout blow, either verbal or physical

runcation                   The act of weeding


sabrage                      The act of opening a bottle with a sabre

saprostomous            Having bad breath

scacchic                     Pertaining to the game of chess, or to chess pieces

sciapodous                Having huge feet

scolecophagous         One who eats worms

sgiomlaireached        The habit of dropping in at mealtimes

skoptsy                     The act of self castration

slubberdegullion       A filthy, slobbering person

sphallolalia               Flirtatious talk that leads nowhere

steatopygic               Having a fat behind

strikhedonia             The pleasure of being able to say to hell with it


tachyphagia                Fast eating

tarantism                    An urge to overcome melancholy by dancing

tetrapyloctomy           The act of splitting a hair four ways

thelemic                     Permitting people to do as they like

tibialoconcupiscent    Having a lascivious interest in watching a woman put on stockings


ulotrichous                 Having very wooly hair

ultracrepidarian          Of one who speaks or offers opinions on matters beyond their knowledge

usufructuary               A person who has use or enjoyment of something, especially property


ventripotent               Big-bellied, gluttonous

vesthibitionism          The flirtatious display of undergarments by a woman

vigesimation              The act of killing every twentieth person

viraginity                   Masculine qualities in a woman


wanweird                    An unhappy fate

witzelsucht                 A feeble attempt at humour


xenobombulate          To malinger

xerophagy                  A diet of bread and water

ximelolagnia              The urge to stare at women who are sitting with crossed legs

xylopolist                  One who sells wood products


yclept                         By the name of; called


zenzizenzizenzic        A number raised to the eighth power


The Project Twins aka James and Michael Fitzgerald (Irish Twins, based Cork, Ireland) - A-Z of Unusual Words series:                                                             1: Tarantism: A disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to dance.
2: Jettatura: The casting of an evil eye.
3: Ultracrepidarian: A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.
4: Ostentiferous: Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.
5: Infandous: Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned.
6: Cacodemonomania: The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit.
7: Ktenology: The science of putting people to death.

words to use more often:

basorexia - an overwhelming desire to neck kiss

prosopography - the description of a person’s appearane

brontide - referring to the sound of distant thunder rumbling

ximelolagnia - the urge to stare at someone sitting with crossed legs

cheiloproclictic - being attracted to a person’s lips

strikhedonia - the pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”

lethologica - the inability to recall the right word for something

psithurism - the sound of wind in trees or rushing leaves

tarantism - an urge to overcome melancholy by dancing

Unusual Words

Aries: Yerd (v.)- To beat an object with a stick

Taurus: Tauromorphous (adj.)- Bull-shaped

Gemini: Jabberwock (n.)- nonsense, gibberish

Cancer: Juvenoia (n.)- the baseless and exaggerated fear that the internet and current social trends are having negative effects on children

Leo: Jubate (adj.)- maned; having or possessing a mane

Virgo: Logorrhea (n.)- an excessive flow of words

Libra: Xenodochial (adj.)- hospitable, kindly to strangers

Scorpio: Defenestration (n.)- the act of throwing someone out of a window

Sagittarius: Kinematics (n.)- study of motion

Capricorn: Bellwether (n.)- one who takes the lead; indicator of trends

Aquarius: Querent (n.)- one who asks a question

Pisces: Cornobble (v.)- to slap or beat another person with a fish