As a wordsmith I’m a big fan of words. I enjoy learning new words and finding neat ways to use some of my old favorites. Because of this I have a few old and new favorites that I want to share with you all. Let me know what you think and what your favorite words are!
Absquatulate – to leave abruptly.
Bastinado – to beat someone with sticks (specifically on the feet).
The two words above hold a special place in my heart. These were the first weird words that I ever saw on a vocabulary list and these were the first words to give me my obsession with odd and strangely specific words.
Chad – a piece of waste paper produced by punching a hole.
Gobemouche – a gullible or credulous listener.
Humdudgeon – an imaginary illness.
Jumbuck – a sheep.
Kylie – a boomerang.
Logomachy – an argument about words (I have had a few of these).
Mollycoddle – to treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively.
Neezhnies – underpants (from A Clockwork Orange. I have a particular obsession with this book and the language in it).
Oxter – a person’s armpit.
Peever – hopscotch.
Rumpot – a heavy drinker.
Selkie – a scottish mythical creature like a seal in water but human on land.
Tiffin – a light meal.
Wayzgoose – an annual summer party and outing that used to be held by a printing house for all of its employees.