Tag Archives: rare words

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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Looby

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Loo’by, n. a lubber; a clumsy fellow. Word in the Wild: I thought our dog would outgrow that awkward puppy stage, but he’s eight years old now and still a total looby. You can find a complete listing … Continue reading

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Jetter

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Jet’ter, n. a spruce fellow; one who struts. Word in the Wild: “I saw your brother at the bar last night and, my goodness, doesn’t he think he’s quite the jetter!” You can find a complete listing of … Continue reading

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Glose

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Glose, v. to flatter. Word in the Wild: Ruby was always amazed at her son’s ability to suddenly glose and fawn whenever he found himself needing the car. This Vest-Pocket word, also spelled gloze, has been around since the 13oos, … Continue reading

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Fuliginous

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary This Vest-Pocket word can be used literally to denote billowing ashes and smoke or figuratively to suggest something veiled by an obscuring and murky haze. Fuli’ginous, a. smoky; sooty. Word in the Wild: The plume issuing from Gunung … Continue reading

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Elinguid

Well, it’s been a diuturnity since I last posted, but the radio silence it finally over. School is now out forever (or at least until I get the itch to take another class), and I”m glad to be blogging again. So without further ado here’s this week’s Vest-Pocket Vocabulary, which is all about radio silence. Continue reading

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Dapatical

I’ve spent the long weekend living it up: I rode my bike up to Kleinburg, checked out the McMichael Collection, ate extremely well, and I’m taking today off work. This is certainly the perfect word to describe my decadent 5-day weekend… Continue reading

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