Archive for the ‘Wacky Word Wednesday’ Category

November 19th, 2014

Cacoethes – Wacky Word Wednesday

Sometimes it strikes even the best of us: the sudden desire to do something we know is bad for us. It might be the seemingly irresistible urge to call up an ex-partner in the middle of the night or the impulsive and strange thought that it would be fun to break some expensive antiques. We might not feel this very often but at some point most will experience cacoethes.

Cacoethes

[kak-oh-ee-theez]

-noun

A sudden and uncontrollable urge, especially for something harmful.

November 12th, 2014

Smicker – Wacky Word Wednesday

Sometimes you meet someone who takes your breath away. They look like the sunshine, their words are like honey, just being around them makes you feel all tingly, and when they leave, you look after them with a mix of longing and romantic abandon. That look has a name and it’s today’s Wacky Word: smicker.

Smicker

[smick·er]

-verb

To look at or after amorously.

November 5th, 2014

Epeolatry – Wacky Word Wednesday

American booklovers seem to be a vanishing breed, with a 2014 Pew research study finding that 23% of the country hadn’t read a book in the past year. Still, there are those who read voraciously, wolfing down more than 11 books a year. These are folks whose passion for reading far surpasses that of the average Joe, and we’re celebrating them with this week’s Wacky Word Wednesday: epeolatry.

Epeolatry

[ɛpɪˈɒlətrɪ]

-noun

The worship of words.

October 29th, 2014

Hypermnesia – Wacky Word Wednesday

There are people out there who never have to study for tests, who remember exactly what was said in the last argument they had, and who can recite pages from books after only reading them once. Usually we’d say they have “photographic memory” but there’s a fancier way of expressing the idea and it’s this week’s Wacky Word Wednesday: hypermnesia.

Hypermnesia

[hahy-perm-nee-zhuh]

-noun

The condition of having an unusually vivid or precise memory.

October 22nd, 2014

Churlish – Wacky Word Wednesday

Someone who cuts in front of you on the line to the movies is undoubtedly rude, but that rare individual who looks you right in the eye, steps into line ahead of you, and smirks is something else entirely; a level way beyond rude. And though such people can really ruin your day, it’s important to remember that they probably weren’t always that way; people are a product of their environment after all. That’s also true for today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a word that means so much more than rude: churlish.

Churlish

[chur-lish]

-adjective

Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way.

October 15th, 2014

Frisson – Wacky Word Wednesday

Strapped into a rollercoaster with a white-knuckled grip on the padded bar that you hope is holding you down, you hear the clack-clack-clack of the chain that is lifting your cart up what seems to be an impossibly tall hill and you feel…what exactly is that feeling? Is it excitement? Is it fear? Is it a convolution of the two? Today’s Wacky Word describes the feeling that we hate to love—frisson.

Frisson

[free-sohn]

-noun

A sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill; an almost pleasurable sensation of fright.

October 8th, 2014

Philodox – Wacky Word Wednesday

Have you ever met somebody who couldn’t resist voicing their opinion, whatever the situation? What about someone who did not only that, but subsequently became so enthralled with their own idea that they went on and on, refusing to be dissuaded? At some point we’ve all met such people, frequently at parties where they make listeners gaze longingly at the door. Nobody enjoys their company very much but the ancient Greeks thought far less of them; they thought they were enemies of wisdom! And it’s from the ancient Greeks that we get today’s wacky word—philodox.

Philodox

[FIL-uh-doks]

-noun

A person with an excessive interest or love for their own opinion; a dogmatic person.

September 24th, 2014

Soporific – Wacky Word Wednesday

As September passes by, the fall semester for scholars of all ages is just beginning to ramp up. Some subjects and teachers will excite students, initiating engaging classroom discussions and assigning challenging yet gratifying homework. Unfortunately, other classes and projects will have quite the opposite effect – they’ll put students straight to sleep. Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, is all about those things and moments in life that make our eyelids heavy and our heads start to nod, no matter how hard we try to fight the feeling.

Soporific

[sä-pə-ˈri-fik]

-adj

Tending to induce drowsiness or sleep; tediously boring or monotonous.

September 17th, 2014

Noctivagant – Wacky Word Wednesday

Are you a night owl or an early bird? Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, focuses on those who avoid 9-to-5 jobs and love working the graveyard shift instead.

Noctivagant

[noc-tiv-A-gant]

-adj

Going about in the night; night-wandering.

September 10th, 2014

Gargalesthesia – Wacky Word Wednesday

Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, will explore a feeling that can give you goosebumps and make you laugh, all at the same time.

Gargalesthesia

[gar-gal-es-the-sia]

-noun

The sensation commonly associated with tickling.