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Wondrous Words.

Run by an English major (and a girl after my own heart), Otherwordly is a site that pays homage to "strange and lovely" words. For example, did you know that "jentacular" is an adjective meaning "relating to breakfast"? (I have a feeling that's one I could use in my day-to-day life.) Or that "apodyopsis" 'is "the act of mentally undressing someone"? You learn something new every day.

Below, a few more of my favorites.


Visit Otherwordly, here. Found via Jessica Comingore.

18 comments:

  1. Ahhh, this is so cool! I totally have "l'appel du vide" whenever I am up high on something, except it's more the fear that I will have the desire to jump...which is really the desire to actually jump, deep down, methinks. =] This is seriously the coolest, I love learning about new words and phrases, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Esprit d'escalier... you mean there's a noun for that?! I could use that daily.

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  3. What an awesome find! I've been searching for a word a day calendar but this is so much better. Thanks!

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  4. This is just cool.

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  5. Aah, I love this! I really like "jentacular," I will have to find clever ways to work that into daily conversation. Thanks for sharing this. I can't wait to learn some new words from it.

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  6. as a word nerd, I'm so pleased you linked this site! I just learned that next time I throw myself at someone I can just blame it on an incurable case of basorexia.

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  7. thanks to this ortherwordly, i now know that groak (v. to stare longingly at someone who is eating in the hope that they will ask you to join them) is a word. amazing! my inner word nerd is so very satisfied.

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  8. So glad you guys enjoyed this as much as I did!

    Molly, I didn't see the entry for "groak" but what a BRILLIANT word. I groak daily, just FYI :)

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  9. How clever! This is a selcouth post :)

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  10. I always wondered whether there was a word to describe that comeback that comes too late. and you found it! now if only there was a word to describe the frustration that ensues when that esprit d'escalier finally comes to mind!

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  11. I've heard of Alate, but I'm not familiar with other words!

    Very interesting!

    x

    fai @ Cosette

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  12. Bikbik, why thank you :)

    Monica, haha, yes!!

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing this! I collect words I like in a little notebook, so you've given me quite a few to add to my list. :) The last word I collected was xenization - the fact of traveling as a stranger. :)

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  14. What a perfect find!! I'm going to completely annoy my boyfriend for the next week or two with obnoxious synonyms hahah

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  15. Cristina, "xenization" is a GREAT one.

    Kerri Lynne, you're doing him a favor - you're teaching him something new :)

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  16. Oh thank god, I just thought I was suicidal! :)

    These words are amazing!!!

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