Strange, Lost and Unusual Words

The Project Twins, based in Ireland, have used their graphic art skills to illustrate this collection of strange, unusual and lost words. I am determined to start using as many of these words as I can in conversation - do this with me and together we can help bring them out of obscurity!

Scripturient. Possessing a violent desire to write.

Scripturient. Possessing a violent desire to write.

Yonderly. Mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded.

Yonderly. Mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded.

 Acersecomic. A person whose hair has never been cut.

 Acersecomic. A person whose hair has never been cut.

 Cacodemonomania. The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit.

 Cacodemonomania. The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit.

 Biblioclasm. The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media.

 Biblioclasm. The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media.

 Dactylion. An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger.

 Dactylion. An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger.

 Enantiodromia. The conversion of something into its opposite.

 Enantiodromia. The conversion of something into its opposite.

Fanfaronade. Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.

Fanfaronade. Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.

Gorgonize. To have a paralysing or mesmerising effect on: Stupefy or Petrify.  

Gorgonize. To have a paralysing or mesmerising effect on: Stupefy or Petrify.

 

 Hamartia. The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.

 Hamartia. The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.

Infandous. Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned.

Infandous. Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned.

Jettatura. The casting of an evil eye.

Jettatura. The casting of an evil eye.

Ktenology. The science of putting people to death.

Ktenology. The science of putting people to death.

Leptosome. A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.

Leptosome. A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.

Montivagant. Wandering over hills and mountains.  

Montivagant. Wandering over hills and mountains.

 

 Noegenesis. Production of knowledge.

 Noegenesis. Production of knowledge.

Ostentiferous. Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.

Ostentiferous. Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.

 Pogonotrophy. The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.

 Pogonotrophy. The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.

Quockerwodger. A rare nineteenth-century word for a wooden toy which briefly became a political insult.

Quockerwodger. A rare nineteenth-century word for a wooden toy which briefly became a political insult.

Recumbentibus. A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.

Recumbentibus. A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.

 Tarantism. A disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to dance.

 Tarantism. A disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to dance.

 Ultracrepidarian. A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.

 Ultracrepidarian. A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.

 Vernalagnia. A romantic mood brought on by Spring.

 Vernalagnia. A romantic mood brought on by Spring.

 Welter. A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.

 Welter. A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.

Xenization. The act of traveling as a stranger.

Xenization. The act of traveling as a stranger.

 Zugzwang. A position in which any decision or move will result in problems.

 Zugzwang. A position in which any decision or move will result in problems.