Mythoplasm

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Myth’oplasm, n. a mere fiction.

Word in the Wild: I’d thought it would calm him down, but for some reason my son grew more agitated when I told him that bogey monsters and ghosts were just mythoplasms.

This rare word has only one use, dating back to 1731, recorded in the OED. But I think this word is so fun that it’s time to dust if off and start throwing it around a little more. Can you sneak it into a sentence today?

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