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Vocabulary Words; get a list going
Topic Started: Jan 26 2007, 03:06 PM (11,655 Views)
nnyhav
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Apr 27 2015, 01:32 PM
sniglet: any word coined for something that has no specific name.
that's an old comedy bit by Rich Hall (he did a buncha books of 'em too)
updated version, albeit more specialized (and not Rich Hall): http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/
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vellichor n. the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time—filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.
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Ah, thanks nnyhav, that's a lovely blog, the words' definitions are alluringly poetic.
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fuckbottere doesn't mean what you might suppose
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https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/cutthroat-compounds-in-english-morphology/
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philologotheosophically.

A Thomas Urquhart coinage, found in A History of English Prose Rhythm.
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Found this one via the Portuguese anfigurismo:

amphigory: a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody.

Also known as a pillar of 20th century prose.
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To batfowl: To catch roosting birds at night by blinding them with a light and then hitting or netting them.

Ah, the joys of reading Theroux.

Batfowl, by the way, would have made a great title for a gritty, dark, '90s Batman storyline.
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Panpygoptosis is a word for the condition of having short legs and is only found in Samuel Beckett’s novel Murphy and discussions of it.
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A little taste of Frazz's genius (this time about American consonantal voicing), via Language Log Blog:
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Rückenfigur: in depictional art, foregrounded figure seen from behind, blocking the viewer's view
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Anybody knows the difference between alliteration and colliteration? No two people on the web seem to agree on its meaning.
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colliteration is a form of alliteration
so no difference except one is the subset of the other

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