Last night, Audrey and I had a long conversation about language.
She has long been a lover of words, especially words that are rare, unusual or downright weird and takes great pleasure in explaining to me the meaning of the ones I’ve never heard before. After suggesting we create a short Thursday Thirteen around some of her favourite words, she agreed only if I posted thirteen of my own.
So below, are thirteen of my favourite ‘unusual’ words…
Brontide; the low rumbling of distant thunder
Callipygean; having well shaped buttocks
Colposinquanonia; estimating a woman’s beauty based on her chest
Dippoldism; the act of beating or whipping school children
Gargalesthesia; the sensation caused by tickling
Gongoozler; an idle spectator
Knicker-bockers; loose breeches gathered in at the knee
Pabouche; a slipper
Pseudochromaesthesia; mental association of sounds with colours
Qualtagh; the first person you see after leaving the house
Scribbleomania; obsession with scribbling
Spheropygian; having full and rounded buttocks
Strikhedonia; the pleasure of being able to say to hell with it!
…whilst over on Imaginary Menagerie, Audrey’s choices include: Scolecophagous and Vesthibitionism.