THESE ILLUSTRATIONS OF UNUSUAL WORDS ARE AMAZING
BY AILSA ROSS
JANUARY 10, 2016
YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER PROBABLY TOLD you to steer clear of flowery language, but how great would it be if words like ‘ultracrepidarian’ (a person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge) came back into common parlance? These visual interpretations of unusual words, by Project Twins, are amazing. Here’s your A-Z rundown.
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 conversion of something into its opposite.
Fanfaronade: Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.
Gorgonize: To have a paralysing or mesmerising 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: The casting of an evil eye.
Ktenology: The science of putting people to death.
Leptosome: A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.
Montivagant: Wandering over hills and mountains.
Noegenesis: Production of knowledge.
Ostentiferous: Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.
Pogonotrophy: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.
Quockerwodger: A rare nineteenth-century word for a wooden toy which briefly became a political insult.
Recumbentibus: A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.
Scripturient: Possessing a violent desire to write.
Tarantism: A disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to dance.
Ultracrepidarian: A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.
Vernalagnia: A romantic mood brought on by Spring.
Welter: A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.
Xenization: The act of traveling as a stranger.
Yonderly: Mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded.
Zugzwang: A position in which any decision or move will result in problem
P. S. These are not "mine", but quoted from somewhere else. Some Facebook-y thing, which quoted somebody who was quoting somebody else (links provided). I could post a link to the original, but nobody would follow it because my links are shit. So I hereby disown these. They have GOT to be more interesting than that godawful post rating the danger of dollar store products, but their sheer ubiquity (and I only posted them from A - M!) made them irresistible. These, though - I know what "welter" is, they threw that one in to keep us from slapping ourselves on the forehead with frustration and despair, but the rest - I sort of know some of them, and the rest of them - come ON, people, we know these aren't real words!