A Word, Please: Rare Expressions
For all you logophiles, enjoy this short collection of weird, underused, obsolete, and colorful words.
"to leave abruptly"
"to flee; abscond"
After commenting on the vastness of her derriere, Mr Grey decided it prudent to absquatulate.
"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.
"A state or attack of uneasiness or unreasonableness"
After a vivid nightmare, I had the fantods all morning.
"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.”
"marked by blithe unconcern"
People with no real trouble can afford to be insouciant during times like these.
"an unfilled space; a gap"
Thorne's work fills an obvious lacuna in British social history.
"given to or abounding in aphoristic expression"
"given to or abounding in excessive moralizing"
The hell-fire sermon was riddled with sententious rhetoric.
"Idiocy; imbecility; stupidity"
Because if it is beyond stupid, it's morosis.
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.
"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 .