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Obscure Words A to Z: Fun with Words

Updated on September 20, 2009

Logolepsy or Verbophobia?

Do you have a logolepsy (obsession with words) or a verbophobia (fear or dislike of words)? I’m betting everyone in here has a logolepsy. I thought it would be fun to find an obscure word for each letter of the alphabet and work them all into a story. I searched some websites and found one called Luciferous Logolepsy or ‘an illuminating obsession with words’. They had an A to Z listing of obscure words, though I did recognize a few of them. So I picked out one word for each letter and this is what I came up with. In case you don’t know all of the words there will be a glossary after the story!


The ventripotent cabotin was resting in his office. His lagena, filled with usquebaugh, was at his side. He was a fastuous man and prone to dizen. Yestreen, he had the first patient in his office in a long time. His office was very acherontic, not very conducive to patients. She was a zingaro who was a beldam. She said she needed some parenesis, even though she had an intense iatromisia. He inquired about her concerns. She said she had a gonalgia. The cabotin replied that she seemed to obambulate well. She answered yes but it was becoming rigescent. She also had a whitlow she wanted him to check. The cabotin consulted his enchiridian which was xanthic with age. He found something to ‘cure’ both of her concerns. He handed her a bottle of tisane and told her to take a quantulum, but she needed to be careful as it could cause kef. The zingaro looked very nullifidian, but he was very jannock so she took a sip. By the moue on her face, the concoction was not tasty. He told her to take it on a hebdomadal basis and she would be cured. Satisdiction!


Acherontic – dark, gloomy

Beldam – repulsive older woman

Cabotin – medical quack

Dizen – dress in a gaudy fashion

Enchiridion – handbook

Fastuous – arrogant, showy

Gonalgia – pain in the knee

Hebdomadal – weekly

Iatromisia – dislike of doctors

Jannock – pleasant

Kef – sleepiness, caused by drugs

Lagena – flask

Moue – grimace

Nullifidian – skeptical

Obamulate – to walk about

Parenesis – advice

Quantulum – small quantity

Rigescent – becoming numb or stiff

Satisdiction – enough said!

Tisane – medicinal beverage of barley, chamomile, etc

Usquebaugh – whiskey

Ventripotent – fat

Whitlow – abscess on a finger

Xanthic – yellow in color

Yestreen – the night before

Zingaro – gypsy


Happy pervulgating! (publishing)

I hope you had some fun with my little word exercise. It was a little harder picking out the words and composing the story than I thought it would be! But it was fun and I learned some new words. But if I ever use any of them in conversation, people will think I am off my rocker!


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      megni 5 years ago

      Great fun. Different sort of Hub. Thanks for sharing.You're tenacious!

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      Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

      Thanks, Maralexa!

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      Marilyn Alexander 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Excellent! Thank you for taking the time to do this so well. Despite the fact that it is so jannock, I really think I could take it one quantulum at a time. Satisdiction!

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      Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

      Thank you ilizia chang. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      ilizia chang 6 years ago

      Amazing!! Never seen something so innovative! :)

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      Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

      Thank you very much, Caitlin16! It was a fun exercise!

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      Caitlin16 6 years ago

      This is awesome!

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      Rose Kolowinski 7 years ago

      Thank you blake4d. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Blake Ford Hall 7 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Great hub work Rose. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Rose Kolowinski 8 years ago

      Thanks for your commments Bill! I try to broaden my horizons! And my interests are varied. Thanks for reading my hubs.

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      wildbill50 8 years ago

      I am starting to get a little concerned about you! Your hubs are reaching a level of interest,as to wonder about your degree of sanity! KIDDING-you write the most interesting and diverse subjects around! Always waiting for the next one,thank you,Rose!

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      Rose Kolowinski 8 years ago

      Thank you Epsilon5. It was an intriguing word exercise. It's good to use the brain once and a while! Thank you for the nice comments.

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      Epsilon5 8 years ago from Eastern Pennsylvania

      Fantastic use of archaic words. Quite excellent.