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A Word, Please: Rare Expressions

Updated on December 8, 2018
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Having learned English as a second language, Lilith understands the value of appropriate, concise vocabulary, including underused words.

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For all you logophiles, enjoy this short collection of weird, underused, obsolete, and colorful words.

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Absquatulate

Verb

"to leave abruptly"

"to flee; abscond"

After commenting on the vastness of her derriere, Mr Grey decided it prudent to absquatulate.

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Calumniate

Verb

"to utter maliciously false statements, charges, or imputations about"

Social media is an easy, and thereby cowardly, manner through which a person can calumniate another.

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Fantod

Noun

"A state or attack of uneasiness or unreasonableness"

After a vivid nightmare, I had the fantods all morning.

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Brontide

Noun

"a low muffled sound like distant thunder heard in certain seismic regions especially along seacoasts and over lakes and thought to be caused by feeble earth tremors"

“That storm’s coming our way, lads, judging by the brontide,” the Pirate captain Thunder-Guts said. “Either that or it’s me stomach, bell peppers’ll prevent scurvy but they won’t do ye any good with the lady folk, if ye catch me drift.”


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Insouciant

Adjective

"marked by blithe unconcern"

People with no real trouble can afford to be insouciant during times like these.

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Lacuna

Noun

"an unfilled space; a gap"

Thorne's work fills an obvious lacuna in British social history.

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Sententious

Adjective

"given to or abounding in aphoristic expression"

"given to or abounding in excessive moralizing"

The hell-fire sermon was riddled with sententious rhetoric.

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Morosis

Noun

"Idiocy; imbecility; stupidity"

Because if it is beyond stupid, it's morosis.

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Sialoquent

Adjective

Tending to spray saliva when speaking.

I like John; I find him to be very wise and, funny and easy going, but the fact that he is sialoquent really kills all odds for this one. It is unbearable.

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Griffonage

Noun

"careless handwriting; a crude or illegible scrawl"

When you've picked up your prescription from the doctor and you're paying the receptionist, don't forget to ask if there is a charge for the griffonage .

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Sources:

Absquatulate

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/absquatulate

http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/word-of-the-day/word-of-the-day-absquatulate/2296

Brontide

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/brontide?s=t

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/833922714255503360

Calumniate

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calumniate

https://www.redbubble.com/people/grandmercantile/works/31065544-calumniators-shall-invariably-calumniate-haters-gonna-hate?p=poster

Fantod

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/fantod

https://grammarist.com/words/fantods/

Griffonage

https://www.yourdictionary.com/griffonage#wiktionary?direct_search_result=yes

https://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/sentences-with-the-word/griffonage.html

Insouciant

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insouciant

http://weknowmemes.com/2012/10/not-sure-if-i-dont-care-about-anything-or/

Lacuna

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lacuna

https://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/sentences-with-the-word/lacuna.html

Morosis

https://www.yourdictionary.com/morosis

https://www.wordnik.com/words/morosis

Sententious

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sententious

Sialoquent

https://www.yourdictionary.com/sialoquent

https://blog.csoftintl.com/sialoquent-wacky-word-wednesday/

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      Ryan Jarvis Cornelius 

      2 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Simple but needed. I have been writing all my life. I am to a point where I want to make it a career and studying things like this will help me.

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