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More Useful But Obscure Words

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

A dozen words that you may wish to add to your lexicon.

Scrabble pieces depicting the word: LEARN

Agnomen: An additional name or an epithet appended to a name (as in 'Ferdinand the Great').

Aptronym: A name that suits its owner. Like William Wordsworth, the poet; or Sara Blizzard, the BBC weather presenter.

Brachiation: A form of arboreal locomotion in which primates swing from tree limb to tree limb using only their arms.

Euphonism: Custom of using pleasing sounding words. Such as: The car isn't used; it's “certified pre-owned;” or she's not sick; she's “under the weather.”

Idioglossia: Private language developed between children.

Galactophagist: Milk drinker.

Mellaginous: Like or pertaining to or resembling honey.

Misophonia: A condition characterised by an emotional reaction to certain noises - like someone chewing noisily.

Obsolagnium: The waning of sexual desire due to age.

Paromoeon: Alliteration taken to an extreme where nearly every word in a sentence begins with the same consonant.

Promptuary: A reference book of facts.

Solander: A book-form case used for storing manuscripts, documents etc.


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