Friday, January 15, 2016

Biblioclasm: or, what happened to all my books?


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.




1

Acersecomic


Acersecomic: A person whose hair has never been cut.



2

Biblioclasm

Biblioclasm: The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media.



3

Cacodemonomania

Cacodemonomania: The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit.



4

Dactylion


Dactylion: An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger.



5

Enantiodromia

Enantiodromia: The conversion of something into its opposite.



6

Fanfaronade


Fanfaronade: Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.



7

Gorgonize

Gorgonize: To have a paralysing or mesmerising effect on: Stupefy or Petrify.



8

Hamartia

Hamartia: The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.



9

Infandous

Infandous: Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned.



10

Jettatura


Jettatura: The casting of an evil eye.



11

Ktenology

Ktenology: The science of putting people to death.



12

Leptosome

Leptosome: A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.



13

Montivagant

Montivagant: Wandering over hills and mountains.



14

Noegenesis

Noegenesis: Production of knowledge.



15

Ostentiferous

Ostentiferous: Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.



16

Pogonotrophy


Pogonotrophy: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.



17

Quockerwodger


Quockerwodger: A rare nineteenth-century word for a wooden toy which briefly became a political insult.



18

Recumbentibus

Recumbentibus: A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.



19

Scripturient

Scripturient: Possessing a violent desire to write.



20

Tarantism

Tarantism: A disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to dance.



21

Ultracrepidarian


Ultracrepidarian: A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.



22

Vernalagnia

Vernalagnia: A romantic mood brought on by Spring.



23

Welter

Welter: A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.



24

Xenization

Xenization: The act of traveling as a stranger.



25

Yonderly

Yonderly: Mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded.



26

Zugzwang


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!




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