Sunday, 20 December 2015

Strange words

I had the privilege of knowing an interesting personality going by the name James Powell as a co-member of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Group in Linkedin. Here is a list of strange words that he provided in a thread:

basorexia             . . . an overwhelming desire to kiss.
batrachophagous . . . one who eats frogs.
jumentous           . . . smelling of horse urine.
viraginity            . . . masculine qualities in a woman.
skoptsy               . . . the act of self-castration

And I tend to confuse the next two words . . .
krukolibidinous   . . . the act of staring at someone's crotch.
ximelolagnia       . . . the urge to stare at women who are sitting with crossed legs. 

And my favorite . . . 
zenzizenzizenzic . . . a number raised to the eighth power.

xenobombulate       : To malinger
xerophagy               : A diet of bread and water
xylopolist                : One who sells wood products
yclept                      : By the name of; called

sciapodous             :Having huge feet
algerining               : Prowling around with the intent to commit burglary
psithurism              : The sound of wind in trees or rustling leaves
nidorosity               : Belching with the taste of undigested meat
mumpsimus           : One who sticks obstinately and wrongly to their old ways
lygerastia               : The condition of one who is only amorous when the lights are out
accubation             : The practice of eating or drinking while lying down
cavalletti                : A series of timber jumps that are adjustable in height for schooling
                                  horses
jentacular              : Pertaining to breakfast
lalochezia              : The use of foul or abusive language to relieve stress or ease pain
gongoozler            : An idle spectator
dippoldism            : The act of beating or whipping school children
apodyopsis            : The act of mentally undressing someone
gargalesis              : Heavy tickling
ginglyformed        : Hinge-shaped

And this 10-letter word is the epitome of James:
maledicent            : One who is addicted to abusive speech 

And two more for you and for Richard:
xenophilia            : An affection for unknown/foreign objects or peoples. It is the opposite of xenophobia          : The fear of . . .

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