Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kay's Wonderful World of Weird Words #5

I haven't done one of these for a longgggggggggg time and frankly, I've missed it. I was required in college to take a class in Linguistics and I found that I love exploring the language and it's origins -- especially the weird words -- and I subscribe to at least a half dozen different sites that send me interesting or weird words. Here are a few of my recent finds. I hope y'all enjoy them as much as I have. The challenge is working them into casual conversation.

trichotillomania: (n.) the abnormal desire to pull out one's hair.

I think of it as a disease brought on by people who drive us nuts!

Cockaigne: (n.) An imaginary land of ease and luxury.

Remove a couple letters and you get a substance that takes you to that land. Coincidence?

quisquilian: (adj.) worthless, trifling.

This one could be useful in describing a lot of the members of Congress -- don't y'all agree?

heliolatry: (n.) sun worship

Compulsive tanners practice this.

titivate: (v.) to make or become smart or spruce.

Using this in conversation could cause some raised eyebrows! I think George Carlin would have liked it!

quotidian: (adj.) 1) Occurring or returning daily; as, a quotidian fever. 2) Of an everyday character; ordinary; commonplace.

I think y'all will all agree that the words here could not be called quotidian.

And last but not least, I'll leave with a word to think about . . .

callipygian: having well-shaped buttocks.

The Kay heads to her corner and puts on her Thinking Cap.

Hmmmmmmmmm . . .

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



  1. Love it! I do everyday to help donate food and to enrich my vocabulary.

    Re: heliolatry, I know many women who practice that. Good thing most of them are married to men with megabucks (think facelifts!).

  2. Terrific post Kay and witty comments on the definitions. just between you and me I have always appreciated a callipygian......

  3. I love words too -- my special favorites are the ones that can be used in many different ways -- call it a sort of family pass time at the dinner table: "would you please leave (leaf) that alone?" answered by "not until I get to the root of the subject" or "I'm branching to another subject" -- fun!

  4. LOL Toom!!!!!

    Punning duels are fun -- a writer friend and I have had such conversations for years. We say that we are incirrigible punsters -- don't incorrige us!!!

  5. Re: Trichotillomania

    I have a close friend who suffers from this.
    Years of counselling have not helped her.
    It started after the birth of her third child.
    So very very sad.

    Bear((( )))

  6. Ohhhhhhhhhh my!!!!!!!! How awful!!!!

  7. whooooooeee, you sure got some right pretty words in your vocabulary there mame---gonna have to see if this quotidian blogger can find some use of em----yawl have a nice day now---ya heah?


  8. I hope mine are callypigian! LOL

    Big they are, for sure!


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