Weird & Wonderful Words.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The A-Z of Unusual Words is a set of prints created by an Ireland-based illustration and graphic design team called The Project Twins. Each print represents a "strange, unusual and lost" word - and I have to admit, as I scrolled through, I didn't recognize a single one. Some of these terms are so lovely, though, I think I'm going to start incorporating them into my everyday speech. Like yonderly, which is another word for absent-minded,


or montivagant, which refers to the act of hill-wandering. 


And why doesn't anyone talk about tarantism more often? Apparently, it's "a disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to dance." (Sounds good to me.)


See more at The Project Twins website, here. Found via The New Yorker.

14 comments:

Pink Ronnie said...

Tarantism. I'm going to have to use that in a sentence tomorrow!! Love the artworks.
Ronnie xo

Quindome said...

So cute! Have you seen that book Let's Bring Back by Lesley Blume? You might also get a kick out of it if old-timey words amuse you as they do me.

Kristina said...

Another very cool find! I especially love the interpretation of the word into these playful illustrations. It makes it feel like a dream.

hannah margaret said...

Amazing find! The illustration really helps me remember the word so I can actually use it. Confession: I always get a word of the day sent to my email and always always always forget it by lunch.

xoxox

Lisa said...

These are so great! This morning, as I was taking a walk I was just thinking about ways to enhance my vocabulary. Illustrations would certainly be helpful (and these in particular). I think "tarantism" is my favorite :)

max said...

wonderful! love these.

Linda said...

How cute & whimsical :)

ever ours said...

this is super spectacular!

Stefania said...

I want the tantarism one for my living room! Maybe it would be inspirational...

Amy Turman said...

Lol - tarantism. I really like that last image!

angela said...

Lovely words and lovely illustrations!

Kathy said...

Oh, this is great! I am in such a welter over which words and prints I like the best! I also like the way it feels to say quockerwodger and vernalagnia.

Ladies Holiday said...

so fun! tarantism makes me think of many legs like a spider...a crazy dancing spider!
Cheers!

Shoko said...

Quindome, I haven't, but I'd love to check it out!

Hannah, that's so funny. I keep a mental list of words to look up, but I never, ever actually do it. Shameful! :)

Kathy, "quockerwodger" = definitely a winner.

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