Editing for Grammarphobes: Monday Vocabulary List
Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER
I came across these while researching archaic words for Thaddeus Mumblegarden to use in the third Bibliophiles book (title yet to be determined). He is a true logophile (lover of words) and is particularly chuffed about Brit Speak. The first of two men in the Bibliophiles book club, Thaddeus yearned to major in English in college, but was forced to do something "more practical" by his ex-jock father and now trudges his way through unfulfilling days as a computer programmer. Wonder what he will find to free him from this ennui?
I had a great time proudly flying my word nerd flag and learning all of these new terms. How many do you know?
Blatherskite: One who will not stop talking.
Discophora: A group of jellyfish.
Naupathia: Sea sickness.
Rectalgia: A pain in the butt.
Redactophobia: A fear of editing and/or editors. (I kid you not!)
Rustication: Taking a trip to the countryside.
Saulie: A person who is hired to mourn.
Self-aggrandize: To make oneself more attractive by artificial means.
Snurl: To turn one's nose up in scorn.
Zob: A worthless person.
For more rare and obscure words, check out the Grandiloquent Dictionary.
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