Category Archives: Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Ubication

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Ubica’tion, n. relation as to place; whereness Word in the Wild: Ilya often had trouble determining his own ubication, which is why three of his birthday gifts turned out to be compasses. The fourth was a GPS. This … Continue reading

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Threnetic

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Threnet’ic, a. complaining; expressing sorrow. Word in the Wild: Tanis left her office to investigate the threnetic keening coming from the kitchenette. She found Priya desolate—it turned out that her trusty 1987 Nissan had died earlier that morning and … Continue reading

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Salsuginous

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Salsu’ginous, a. a little saltish. Word in the Wild: I’d really like to recommend that new restaurant on the corner since the owners are so friendly, but everything I’ve eaten there is so salsuginous I just can’t. The … Continue reading

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Ramuli

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Ram’uli, n. young twigs or shoots. Word in the Wild: Adrienne thought she’d killed the plant since only dry dirt and withered leaves had occupied the planter for months. But when she came in this morning she saw … Continue reading

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Quodlibet

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Quod’libet, n. a nice point for discussion. Word in the Wild: Their discussion came to a standstill after Monique’s shocking confession, and the party goers looked desperately about for someone to save them from the conversational vacuum that … Continue reading

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Pleonastic

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Pleonas’tic, adj. containing unnecessary words. Word in the Wild: Say what you will about Aunt Vera’s cell phone addiction, but I still prefer her 140-character texts to all the pleonastic emails she used to send. The OED says this … Continue reading

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Oxyphony

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Oxyph’ony, n. shrillness of voice. Word in the Wild: Alex wanted to enter the political life, but was held back by a devastating case of oxyphony. This word hails from at least 1769, according to the OED, and … Continue reading

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Noctilucous

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Noctil’ucous, a. shining in the night or dark. Word in the Wild: My favourite part of going to Las Vegas is walking the strip and admiring the noctilucous neon lights. You can find a complete listing of the … Continue reading

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Medicaster

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Med’icaster, n. a quack who brags of cures. Word in the Wild: The worst part of insomnia is watching all the overnight infomercials just brimming with medicasters. You can find a complete listing of the Word Blog’s Vest-Pocket … Continue reading

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