Words You Never Knew Existed!

  1. Petrichor = the pleasant smell of rain after a dry spell
  2. Accismus (Pronounced: ak-SIZ-muhs) = Feigning disinterest in something while actually desiring it. Accismus is showing disinterest in something while secretly wanting it. It’s a form of irony where one pretends indifference and refuses something while actually wanting it.
  3. Lipogram = writing a book, novel, or story without a particular letter throughout till the end
  4. Autotomy (Pronounced: au-TOT-uh-mee) = Autotomy is nature’s gift to some animals to help them escape when under attack or injured. A lizard being chased will drop its tail and slip away. The detached tail continues to wriggle, distracting the predator, while its former owner flees to safety; self-dissection.
  5. Vagitus = the cry of a newborn
  6. Velleity= Volition at its faintest
  7. Nychthemeron (Pronounced: nik-THEM-er-on) = A full period of a day and night: 24 hours.
  8. Parrhesia (Pronounced: puh-REEZ-i-uh)= Boldness of speech; The practice of asking forgiveness before speaking in this manner.
  9. Lexpert (lex + expert) = someone who is an expert in words.
  10. Allonym (Pronounced: AL-uh-nim) = the name of a person, usually historical, taken by an author as a pen name (as opposed to using a fictional pseudonym).
  11. Parisology (Pronounced: pa-ri-SOL-uh-jee) =  The use of equivocal or ambiguous language.



© 2008. Compiled by P. Mohan Chandran, courtesy www.wordsmith.org



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