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31 Unusual Words to Add to Your Vocabulary – May 2016

Updated on July 6, 2016

For years now, I have occasionally been taking note of interesting words, sending "wotd: commensurate" to my friend. I am a relatively statistically minded person; I love lists, grids, and order. It seemed logical that I would eventually create a neatly presented list. After months of procrastination, here it is:

Date
Word
Definition
01/05/16
Conjecture
A conclusion based on false information
02/05/16
Imbroglio
A complicated or embarrassing situation
03/05/16
Parsimonious
Unwilling to spend money or resources
04/05/16
Inglenook
A space on either side of a large fireplace
05/05/16
Endogenous
Having an internal cause or origin
06/05/16
Impetus
Something that makes a process happen more quickly
07/05/16
Lassitude
A state of physical or mental weariness
08/05/16
Platitude
A statement that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
09/05/16
Hoi polloi
The masses; common people (derogatory)
10/05/16
Retort
An angry or witty reply
11/05/16
Mesoscopic
A subdiscipline of physics that deals with materials of an intermediate length
12/05/16
Carp
To continually complain or find fault about trivial matters
13/05/16
Rekindle
To revive
14/05/16
Stochastic
Having a random probability distribution or pattern
15/05/16
Sempiternal
Eternal and unchanging
16/05/16
Churl
A rude and mean-spirited person
17/05/16
Nascent
Just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential
18/05/16
Obstreperous
Noisy and difficult to control
19/05/16
Predilection
A bias in favour of something
20/05/16
Idiolect
The speech habits peculiar to a particular person
21/05/16
Ephemeral
Lasting for a very short time
22/05/16
Commensurate
In proportion
23/05/16
Piacular
Making or requiring atonement
24/05/16
Impinge
To have an effect, especially a negative one
25/05/16
Phenomenology
The study of subjective experience
26/05/16
Anthropomorphism
The attribution of human characteristics or behaviour to an animal or object
27/05/16
Apocryphal
(Of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
28/05/16
Bourgeois
Belonging to or characteristic of the middle class
29/05/16
Jentacular
Pertaining to a breakfast taken early in the morning, or immediately upon getting up
30/05/16
Enunciate
To say or pronounce clearly
31/05/16
Interspersed
To scatter among or between other things

I plan to make further lists in the coming months. Any feedback will, of course, be greatly appreciated.

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    • Tom Groves profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Groves 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your kind words. I will be publishing another list within the next few days.

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      I love this! I've always been drawn to words and have made lists of words based on their usefulness, or their oddity, or their ability to convey complicated ideas or feelings. I love the pronunciations as well.

      I'm pleased to say that most of the words in your list are in my working vocabulary, though stochastic is new to me. A few which are less familiar are simple enough to analyze etymologically, which is always fun. A couple, such as stochastic and piacular, would have been simply 'greek to me' if I encountered them, but I'd have quickly looked them up.

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      Imogen French 

      2 years ago from Southwest England

      Great idea for a hub - we don't use these words nearly enough in everyday conversation. Jentacular is one I've never heard before, I'm going to have to take my breakfast early one day, and somehow try to weave this in :-)

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