Thursday, August 16, 2007

Kay's Wonderful World of Weird Words #3

It's that time again!!!! My collection of weird words keeps growing and I simply have to share them with you. I found some goodies this time. Enjoy and use them, if you're so inclined, in good health.

* caducity: n., senility; he quality of being transitory or perishable.

I like this word better than senility but the idea that old age is transitory or perishable bothers me. Both are probably true but I'd rather not be reminded.
*  pogonotrophy: n., The growing of a beard.

Never in my wildest dreams did I suspect there was a word for this -- it sounds
like a contagious disease.
* roorback: n., a defamatory falsehood published for political effect; political dirty tricks.

I think this word could be very handy in the coming Presidential campaigns and elections.

* sequacious: adj., unthinkingly following others.

Unfortunately, this word is too useful given the mentality I see around me in this country. It's why certain politicians keep getting elected.
* scrutator: n., one who investigates.

Despite sounding vaguely obscene, we could use a good one of these in our nation's
capital -- like yesterday!
And last but not least:

ataraxia: n., a state of freedom from disturbance of mind.

Another word that sounds terminal. Wouldn't it be fun (and a tad twisted) to very seriously tell a friend that you have ataraxia and watch their reaction? Even more fun would be telling them what it means! lol

No one will ever dare to accuse me of ataraxia after reading this post!

Happy Blogging!!!!!!!!!!



  1. I fear many of us wish we had ataraxia, but alas!

  2. Being a word nut myself, I really like all of these, but especially "caducity". My middle name is Caducious.

    And "ataraxia", which sounds as if it might apply to a drug or alcohol induced state of euphoria, among other things.

  3. You're right - ataraxia does sound like a terminal illness! LOL

  4. I like these - I like new words too.. really I do.

    take care and happy day!

  5. Alternate definition: "pogonotrophy" --cartoon possum is contest runner-up

    "roorback" -- now I understand why Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) decided not to join the Presidential campaign: a previously obscure word could become a household word overnight.

  6. Learning or being aware of new words is something I enjoy, too. Had no idea about these words...

  7. You mean I married a man who had pogonotrophy every once and a while?

  8. But just think.

    If you take the ra (angular distance eastward along the celestial equator from the vernal equinox to the intersection of the hour circle that passes through the body; expressed in hours and minutes and second; used with declination to specify positions on the celestial sphere)

    out of ataraxia;

    you'll get ataxia (Inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait);

    Then you can blame it all on John Barleycorn and have a good night's sleep.

    Which brings us back to ataraxia.


  9. Kay,
    I think the words are I'm trying to use them all in a sentence!
    Also, thanks for the kind comments and good wishes for my grandson. I really appreciate it. There is power in prayer...and we will make it through this tough time...with all my blogger buddies out there, how can we fail?
    Thanks again.

  10. guy is constantly striving to have 'pogonotrophy' and with other people around...has he no shame?

  11. Matty -- no shame at all; we can't; n o problem -- what are friends for?; lots of luck.

    ell -- you are wayyyyyy too deep for me! lol

    Vanda -- so did I but I divorced him!

    Mother Pie -- neither did I until they turned up in my email. lol

    Deejay: That is so bad it's fabulous -- on both counts!

    Thanks, Shelby! I think my wonderful words is going to become a monthly feature here -- I've done three and y'all see to like them and I have fun with them; it's a win-win situation!

    sure does, Judy -- it's part of it's charm.

    Really, Winston? You Southern boys have the cutest names! lol

    Jo -- As usual, you are soooo right and put me first in line on that!

  12. Well let's see....I actually heard of one of those words...Geesh, there's a lot out there I don't know.

  13. OK! I HAD to take up Matty's Challenge: Here is a paragraph with all six words. How does this sound?

    The scrutator’s gaze was fixed on the sequacious woman as she mindlessly followed her pogonotrophist husband, picking his things up as he dropped them. Although the attacks on his character, he claimed, were nothing but roorbacks drummed up by his opponent, he realized the caducity of the whole thing, and longed to achieve ataraxia.


  14. Floccipaucinihilipilification

    NB: this is the longest noun in the English language which does not contain the letter E.

  15. Big words don't thrill me, Stu! lol
    I just like weird ones that I can attempt to work into conversation. lol


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