I Am Definitely A GYNOTIKOLOBOMASSOPHILE… My Two Youngest Children Are HEBEPHRENIC… I Am A Big Fan Of LIBBERWORT… My Wife Constantly Accuses Me Of MEUPAREUNIA… And I Am Sometimes Guilty Of ONIOCHALASIA.

23 Obscure and Obsolete Words

The average adult recognizes 30,000 to 50,000 words, but only uses 10,000 to 15,000. However, there are actually about 1 million words in the English language, some of which – although obscure, forgotten, or rarely used – are worth reviving.

  1. BOANTHROPY – A type of insanity in which a man thinks he is an ox.
  2. CHANTEPLEURE – To sing and weep at the same time.
  3. DIBBLE – To drink like a duck, lifting up the head after each sip.
  4. EOSOPHOBIA – Fear of dawn.
  5. EUGERIA – Normal and happy old age.
  6. EUNEIROPHRENIA – Peace of mind after a pleasant dream.
  7. EYESERVICE – Work done only when the boss is watching.
  8. FELLOWFEEL – To crawl into the skin of another person so as to share his feelings, to empathise with.
  9. GROAK – To watch people silently while they are eating, hoping they will ask you to join them.
  10. GYNOTIKOLOBOMASSOPHILE – One who likes to nibble on a woman’s earlobes.
  11. HEBEPHRENIC – A condition of adolescent silliness.
  12. IATROGENIC – Illness or disease caused by doctors or by prescribed treatment.
  13. LAPLING – Someone who enjoys resting in women’s laps.
  14. LIBBERWORT – Food or drink that makes one idle and stupid, food of no nutritional value, `junk food’.
  15. MEUPAREUNIA – A sexual act gratifying to only one participant.
  16. NEANIMORPHIC – Looking younger than one’s years.
  17. ONIOCHALASIA – Buying as a means of mental relaxation.
  18. PARNEL – A priest’s mistress.
  19. PERISTEROPHOBIA – Fear of pigeons.
  20. PILGARLIC – A bald head that looks like a peeled garlic.
  21. PREANTEPENULTIMATE – Fourth from last.
  22. RESISTENTIALISM – Seemingly spiteful behaviour manifested by inanimate objects.
  23. SUPPEDANEUM – A foot support for crucifix victims.

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