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50 Forgotten Words That Need to Be Brought Back

So some days just get totally lost in the race against time. While I did end up missing writing posts on some days, in order to catch up faster to any ‘today’, I skipped one day this UBC – Day 8. And while I skipped it, it is not forgotten.

Today, I am still catching up on the challenge but here is that missing day. Now, if we could only do that in real life 🙂

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One of the reasons I did not end up with a post was, simply put, sheer laziness. I kept remembering other things I had to do when I sat down to write the post, and then it was way too late.
The other, I cannot think of anything else! (actually, that was it!)

But today, I had to regain that missing, not forgotten day. So, here it is!

Words have always fascinated me, and I have focused on words in many posts in the past. I hope to make it a regular feature on my blog going forward.

I talk about some fascinating forgotten or underused words today which should be given a fresh lease of life. Given the weather, I had more time inside the house and to explore words.

This led me to believe I might be a bit of a pluviophile. A pluviophile means someone who takes comfort in rainy days. While I do have moments of feeling cooped up, that feeling disappears soon enough. You can check one way it does here. Mostly, the rains do have the tendency to bring a sense of peace.

So go ahead and have a look at the wordle below and try to guess the meaning of the words there. If words fail you (:-), then you can look at their meanings towards the end of this post.

50 Forgotten or Underused Words that Need to be Brought Back
  1. Aeonian – lasting for an immeasurably or indefinitely long period of time. Like – My hibernation from blogging seems almost aeonian, considering I am supposed to be doing it daily!
  2. Aphthongs – the silent letters in words, like k in know. Oh well, you do know:)
  3. Apricity – The warmth of the sun in winter (other related words – Balter – a person who travels to an area of warmth and sun, especially in winter; and Hyemation The passing of a winter in a particular place; a wintering.) Like – Mr.Rogers was a balter who hyemated in XYZ to enjoy the apricity (??)
  4. Bunbury – An imaginary person whose name is used as an excuse to some purpose, especially to visit a place. This person was coined by Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Earnest when Algernon first used him as an excuse. From the book – ‘If it wasn’t for Bunbury’s extraordinary bad health, for instance, I wouldn’t be able to dine with you at Willis’s to-night, for I have been really engaged to Aunt Augusta for more than a week. ‘ And now, many of us have had our own Bunburys.:)
  5. Chasmophile – lover of nooks and crannies. Do you know a chasmophile?
  6. Chork – While chork might first remind you of the new kitchen utensil – the cross between chopstick and fork; or that unidentifiable meat which could be chicken or pork or both, one of the older meanings for this word is the act of making the sound your shoes make when you’re walking in them and they’re full of water.
  7. Duffifie  – To lay a bottle on its side-after drinking its contents-to collect the few remaining drops, which can then be poured (or dribbled ) into a glass. Have you ever duffified the ketchup bottle?
  8. Eccedentesiast – someone who hides pain behind a smile.
  9. Egrote –  to feign sickness in order to avoid work. Admit it, you have done it too:)? And while we are talking about this, I am sure many of us have snudged and fudgeled(?) a time or two as well.
  10. Eldritch – eerie, weird. So many things and places around!
  11. Euneirophrenia – The peaceful state of mind after a pleasant dream Origin From Ancient Greek, eu- (good), oneiro- (dream), phrenia (state of mind)..
  12. Euonym -A name well suited to the person, place or thing that bears it. Do you know anyone who has an euonym?
  13. Gallimaufry – a confused jumble or medley of things (like this list of words)
  14. Growlery – a place where you can growl, literally! 🙂
  15. Hebetude – mental dullness
  16. Lemniscate – the word for the symbol for infinity. I did not realize that there was a word for that too!
  17. Lethologica – When you cannot recall the precise word for something. Related – this might lead you to obsess with trying to recall it and that is termed loganamnosis.
  18. Librocubularist – a person who reads book in the bed. I believe I know someone(s) who do that:)
  19. Meliorism – the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment. And I hold on to meliorism strongly because of all the wonderful people I have gotten to know around me, friends and family whom I meet face to face, and online.
  20. Moonglade – the track the full moon makes on the water. Oh so beautiful to watch the moonglade..
  21. Mucksluff – a worn-out garment; also used to indicate an overcoat that is worn to hide the defects of one underthings or worn-out garments. I have one such item in my wardrobe!
  22. Mundivagant – Wandering across the world. Origin Latin mundus the world + vagans wandering. Oh, to be a mundivagant, but right now I am a virtual mundivagant, thanks to other bloggers who travel and to books!
  23. Namelings – two or more persons that have the same name. How many namelings do you personally know? As for me, too many to count 🙂
  24. Nefelibata -“Cloud-walker”; one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination or dreams.
  25. Nibling – a non-gender word for niece or nephew (like sibling). Certainly a cute word, isn’t it? I have many niblings who I still have not met in real life, sad but true.
  26. Novaturient –  desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behavior, or situation
  27. Ombrophobous -incapable of withstanding long-continued rain. And ombrophilia refers to the opposite, of course!
  28. Ostranenie – concept of defamiliarization;  is the artistic technique of presenting to audiences common things in an unfamiliar or strange way in order to enhance perception of the familiar.
  29. Perendinate – postpone something to the other-morrow meaning to the day after tomorrow. (This made me LOL as that is one of the reasons for this very post, I perendinated way too long)
  30. Petrichor – the smell of the earth after rain, and isn’t petrichor heavenly?
  31. Phosphenes – the luminous floating stars, zigzags, swirls, spirals, squiggles, and other shapes that you see when closing your eyes tight and pressing them with your fingers. I am definitely going to use this sometime soon.
  32. Psithurism – The sound of rustling leaves or wind in the trees. The next time you hear it, and you are with others, won’t it be wonderful to say – “listen to the psithurism”
  33. Rawgabbit – somebody who speaks in strictest confidence about a subject of which they know nothing
  34. Redamancy – act of loving in return.
  35. Scurryfunge – (Verb) Old English; to rush around cleaning when company is on their way over. Haven’t we all scurryfunged at some time?
  36. Sillage -is a term used to describe a scented trail left by the fragrance wearer.
  37. Snollyguster – A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician
  38. Starrify – decorate with stars. My daughter and I love to starrify everything:)
  39. Susurrus – a whispering or rustling sound. Sounds like it is, an onomatopoeic word! And did I need the comma there?
  40. Swullocking – humid weather – does sound like that, right?
  41. Tarantism – the uncontrollable urge to dance.
  42. Throttlebottom – an innocuously inept and futile person in public office.
  43. Trumpery – to deceive (and with snollyguster, throttlebottom, and trumpery all in my list, I am not referring to anyone specific :-))
  44. Twychild or twichild – Being in second childhood.
  45. Uhtceare – lying awake before dawn and worrying. Have you ever experienced it? I know I have, many times..
  46. Ultracrepidarian – a person who expresses opinions on matters outside the scope of their knowledge or expertise. Kind of similar to rawgabbit? While I hope I don’t sound like that to others, I have to say that I have known a few ultracrepidarians in my time.
  47. Voluble – given to talk or talking, kind of like what I did “virtually” in this post.
  48. Vorfreude – intense anticipation of joy thinking of future pleasure. That weekend visit to family when I don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning!
  49. Zemblanity – the opposite of serendipity,an unpleasant surprise,  the inevitable discovery of what we would rather not know.
  50. Zenosyne -The sense that time keeps going faster (but doesn’t it?)

h/t : Lifehack, Wordables, The Guardian, Wikipedia, Mental Floss, Huffington Post, and various other books and sources including Pinterest boards!

And as many of you might know, there is a day for almost everything. Just like there is a word for almost everything (if not in English, in some other language, that perfect word exists for us to express that whatever).
And there is a day to help for all those things and events and days (the important ones, I mean, like birthdays and anniversaries of you know…). It is simply called the ‘I Forgot‘ Day and it is celebrated annually on July 2nd.
On a sidenote, if someone forgets my birthday, then they cannot use this day to make up for it! Far from it, indeed!

Q to you , dear reader: which ones did you know? which one is your favorite?

This is for that forgotten day, day 8, posting on day 18. And next up, days 14 through 18, coming up over the next couple of days along with days 19 and 20!

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