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Jul 16

26 Weird Words (free video lesson)

Chris reads this article for you:

AGASTOPIA

 

noun – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

 

BIBBLE

 

verb – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

 

CABOTAGE

 

noun – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders

 

DOODLE SACK

 

noun – old English word for bagpipe

 

ERINACEOUS

 

adjective – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

 

Although she won’t know what it means, never, ever tell your date Erin that she is “looking quite erinaceous this evening.”

 

FIRMAN

 

noun – in Turkey and some other countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign

 

GABELLE

 

noun – a tax on salt

 

HALFPACE

 

noun – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight

 

IMPIGNORATE

 

verb – to pawn or mortgage something

 

JENTACULAR

 

adjective – pertaining to breakfast

 

KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA

 

noun – fear of failure

 

This is the last word that someone with kakorrhaphiophobia would want to encounter in a spelling bee.

 

Or when reading an article for an English lesson.

 

LAMPROPHONY

 

noun – loudness and clarity of enunciation

 

MACROSMATIC

 

adjective – having a good sense of smell

 

NUDIUSTERTIAN

 

noun – the day before yesterday

 

OXTER

 

noun – outdated word meaning “armpit”

 

PAUCILOQUENT

 

adjective – uttering few words; brief in speech

 

If you had to figure out how to use this word in context, you probably wouldn’t say much either.

 

QUIRE

 

noun – two dozen sheets of paper

 

RATOON

 

noun – small shoot growing from the root of a plant

 

SALOPETTES

 

noun – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

 

TITTYNOPE

 

noun – a small quantity of something left over

 

Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!

 

ULOTRICHOUS

 

adjective – having wooly or crispy hair

 

VALETUDINARIAN

 

noun – a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health

 

WINKLEPICKER

 

noun – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe

 

XERTZ

 

verb – to gulp down quickly and greedily

 

YARBOROUGH

 

noun – hand of cards containing no card above a nine

 

ZOANTHROPY

 

noun – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

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