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Weird Words Starting With 'L'

Updated on April 8, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'L'

Have you ever noticed that as one new word in the English language comes into being many simply fade away through lack of use?

Today it's time to ressurect these archaic if not highly amusing lost lucutions and thrust them into the light of day. Or better yet, perhaps these marvellous oddities comprised of old and unusual words deserve to be popped into mundane daily conversation, or added with a bit of flair to liven up all manner of terse texting and tweeting just to peek the curiosity of those with whom we are communicating.

So, without further ado, let's satisfy the appetites of suaviloquists, verbivores, and word-peckers everywhere by highlighting some of those forgotten words starting with the letter "L".

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Dead words, dodo birds, and dinosaurs.

Although English, like other languages, is continually evolving, words are undergoing a process of natural selection in which only the most fit will survive. Those that don't make the cut, go the way of hapless herbivores or cast-aside carnivores such as the dodo bird and dinosaur -- perhaps to be rediscovered later by scientists who place them in museums for folks to admire or authors who extricate them from the vanishing vocabulary vault and bring them back to life in their latest fanciful creations.

Today, learned librarians and lexicographers preserve these dead and buried words in dusty-old dictionaries. One must not however infer that because a word is diceased that it never deserved to have lived. These colorful words from the past deserve to be resuscitated and thrown into a new era of language consciousness.

It is hoped that by breathing new life into these rarely used words in speech or in writing, that they will once again be treated as tasty tidbits to be sampled, savored, and suitably used from time to time when the occasion permits.

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LABASCATE

labascate vb. to begin to fall or slide

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

All the kings horses and all the kings' men watched om helpless horror as an enigmatic egghead atop the brick wall labascated and smashed into smithereens which, to tell you the truth, ruined their day, and messed up their plans to celebrate an injury-free week at the local pub.

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Image Credit: Humpty Dumpty illustration@flickr.com

LAMBITION

lambition n. act of licking or lapping

Suggested Use in a Sentence:

The Ice Cream King was used to sitting in the lap of luxury enjoying his favorite lickety-split pastime, a luscious little bit of lambition, which also tickled his fancy and his tummy if truth be told.

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Image Credit: ice cream illustration by Greg McEvoy from www.collectionscanada.gc.ca.jpg

LATIBULE

latibule n. hiding place

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The dust bunnies enjoyed their seclusion in the many latibules of the living room, far away from the dangers posed by the brutal broom, the horrible Hoover, and the merciless mop.

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Image Credit: personal collection

LOCUPLETATIVE

locupletative adj. tending to enrich

Suggestive Use In A Sentence:

Who knew that a bodacious bookworm and a friendly family of bed bugs found in the pages of long lost tomes could make such a locupletative contribution to the local library.

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Image Credit: Bookworm illustration courtesy of wickedstudios.com

LUBBER-WORT

lubber-wort n. Food or dink that makes one idle and stupid. Food of no nutritional value, "junk food."

Suggested Use In a Sentence.

Dwayne Doofus couldn't wait to get to the lubber-wort section of the supermarket and pick up his favorite brain food -- a six-pack of root-beer, a take-out order of BBQ-flavored finger-licking good chicken-wings, and a bucket of mint-chocolate flavored ice-cream for dessert.

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Image Credit: bcanada@flickr.com

Word Reference from Susan Kelz Sperling's "Poplollies & Bellibones - A Celebration of Lost Words", Penguin Books Canada, 1977, p. 102.

LULIBUB

lulibub n. early form of lollipop

Suggested Use in Sentence:

The only saving grace of the horror film, "The Wretch From Kvetch", was the scene in which the yodelling yeti managed to overpower the voluptuous vampire in order to make off with that lip-smacking lulibub.

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LUSUS NATURAE

lusus naturae n. a sport or freak of nature

Suggested use in a sentence:

As the lusus naturae lumbered about on his hairy hind legs in the backyard, he realized that his antique antler head-gear that he borrowed from his red-neck neighbor named Wilbur Muggles might jeopardize his chances of attracting the attention of a fair-headed female furry critter who might be casually sauntering by in a colorful spring outfit.

Image Credit: Personal collection.

Obscure Words Poll - Okay Smarty Pants, time to test your knowledge of unusual words in English.

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Image Credit: A.Q. Waldorf - Nuclear, artistocratic bowler, illustration by Joe Alterio@flickr.com

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      LLLLoved this LLLLrens! I've always enjoyed (tempted to do the Love thing again) words so this was right up my alley. I am on a quest so I'll have to come back to read the other weird word lenses you have written. What happened to V, W, X, Y and Z? Blessed.

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love your weird words by letter lenses. I love words in general, so learning about 'words that once were' is fascinating! And your images (and especially the descriptions) are so funny!

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      CuteNewt 

      6 years ago

      What a great lens, thanks for sharing.

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