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Oddball Words


We often think we know our English language. We read well. We know our grammar. We even pride ourselves on having a wide vocabulary. But then weird English words come along and leave us feeling a bit undereducated.

You must think you speak English pretty well, don’t you? I thought I did too, until today. Turns out there are many words out there that we may have never known about. Often they are big words describing common things. For example, gambrinous may mean being full of beer, but why not just say, "you're drunk!"

How many of the dozen words below do you know? Let us know the number in the comments. Or comment on any of them.

How about a contest? I challenge you, my readers, after you read these over, to find a weird or unusual word on the Internet and pop it into the comments below. I’ll name a winner at next week’s blog post.

Absquatulate - to leave without saying goodbye, to leave somewhere abruptly

Cancatervate - heaping things into a pile

Gambrinous - being full of beer

Intersectionality - considers that various forms of social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability and gender, do not exist separately from each other but are interwoven together.

Jaculiferous - to have prickles

Kakorrhaphiophobia - fear of failure

Mussitation - to mutter or murmur

Noctivigant - to wander at night

Novaturient - desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behavior, or situation

Obscurantism - opposition to the spread of knowledge: a policy of withholding knowledge from the general public

Pococurantish - careless or indifferent

Preantepenultimate - fourth from last

My favorite of this list is absquatulate.


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