The One-Stop Shop for Obscure Words

       Many of you might find the perusal of this site interesting, if not for the content in and of itself, then  perhaps finding material to lob at enemies. I’m there just  for the sheer fun of finding that there are names for some very weird things, and finding words I  have never heard of.  For example, an uromastix sounds vaguely like something you might find in the office lavatory, but  it’s actually a spiky tailed , ground-dwelling lizard.

How about ‘phoenicopter’ ?   Another name for flamingo.

Bet you didn’t know there was a word for this: cavernous voice of a patient heard over a patient’s lung cavity

There is! ‘caverniloquy  ‘ . You can thank me later, I know all this will be of great use to you.

      From site:       The Compendium lists over 400 of the rarest modern English words – in fact, ones that have been entirely absent from the Internet, including all online dictionaries, until now. By revealing the existence of these words online, I do not necessarily promote their revival, but I do encourage an appreciation of the flexibility of English vocabulary.

http://phrontistery.info/index.html  or scroll down here  for the many category links they offer

web hosts blog-  http://forthright.livejournal.com/friends/  , in snooping through the postings, I found this politico-video-blog site which  you may also find interesting-

http://www.bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/10077

 Well, enjoy.

Brunneous Albicant, Admirer of Geeks/Nerds and other Oddballs.

http://phrontistery.info/index.html

Adjectives of Relation
Bearing and Carrying
Carriages and Chariots
Causation and Formation
Colour Terms
Contour Lines
Dance Styles
Divination and Fortune-Telling
Ecclesiastical Terms
Fabric and Cloth
Feeding and Eating
Fighting and Combat
Forms and Shapes
Forms of Government
Forms of Worship
Forthright’s Forsoothery
Grammatical Cases
Isms
Killers and Killing
Latin Adverbs and Prepositions
Love and Attraction
Manias and Obsessions
Names for Names
Nautical Terms
Phobias
Pretenders and Dabblers
Sciences and Studies
Scientific Instruments
Stones and Rocks
Styles of Speech
Three-Letter Rare Words
Units of Measurement
Unusual Animals
Words of Wisdom
New List Ideas

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2 thoughts on “The One-Stop Shop for Obscure Words

  1. Thanks for the link- I love this sort of thing and I’ll spend hours absorbed in it. On my reference shelf I have a well-thumbed copy of “Mrs. Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words”. Here’s an example- Yeuling: Walking around fruit trees praying for a good crop. A few more online at http://www.nightgarden.com/byrn.htm

    Enjoy.

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