Hello, dear reader. I don’t know about you but I could really do with a coffee. Do you want anything from the kettle?
After writing yesterday’s post about old fashioned things I think we ought to revive, I started thinking about words in the same way. Every so often one of my friends will use a word like “balderdash” or “parenthetical” and everyone will go “ooh, that’s a great word! Let’s bring that word back!”
Here are some brilliant and under-used words which I think we should all be attempting to bring back into everyday conversation:
- Accubation – eating or drinking whilst lying down. A fancy way of explaining that your hangover is preventing vertical movement.
- Agerasia – the state of looking younger than you actually are. Better than saying “I always get ID’d.”
- Borborygmus – the sound of gas rumbling through your intestine. Better than saying “I’ve got one brewing.”
- Capernoited – slightly drunk/tipsy. Trying to remember this word will be a good way to measure how capernoited/drunk you actually are.
- Cruciverbalist – a person who loves doing crossword puzzles. A better way of describing yourself than “word nerd”.
- Farctate – being overly full of food. A marginally better way of saying “I’m stuffed”, but only marginally, because it sort-of sounds like “fart-ate”.
- Inaniloquent – being prone to say silly/inane things. This one is going to come in very useful for all of us when we’re at parties with people we don’t like.
- Jentacular – pertaining to breakfast. I just love the idea of having a word that specifically means “breakfast stuff”. I think that’s amazing. Is there one for brunch as well?
- Lalochezia – the practise of using bad words to relieve stress/pain, e.g. swearing when you stub your toe. I think this one is handy because if you get told off for swearing you can use a fancy word to justify your use of an obscenity.
- Lethologica – the inability to remember the precise word for something. Happens to lots of people all the time, although if you’ve forgotten a word like “jam” then I’d say your chances of remembering “lethologica” are pretty slim.
- Prosopography – the description of a person’s appearance. A good word to have on hand when trying to avoid looking shallow.
- Qualtagh – the first person you see after leaving the house. This is a bit silly of me, but I just love the idea of pointing at your unsuspecting postman/lollipop lady/bus driver and shouting “Hello, qualtagh!”
- Sabrage – the act of opening a bottle with a sabre. Not one I’ve ever tried myself, but now I sort-of have to, just so that I can use the word.
- Sphallolalia – flirty talk that goes nowhere. Write that one down, guys. We’re definitely going to need it.
- Tarantism – the urge to overcome sadness by dancing. THIS IS A FANCY WORD FOR WANTING TO DANCE YOUR CARES AWAY. The world is now a better place.
Have a truly outstanding Wednesday. Extra cookies for anyone who manages to use all fifteen of those words in one day.