Archive for the ‘Wacky Word Wednesday’ Category

December 17th, 2014

Buccula – Wacky Word Wednesday

After gorging on Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, and hams and turkey at Christmas parties, it happens to the best of us; the gradual progression – or perhaps decline is more apt – can be tracked through your holiday photos. Though they say the camera adds 10 pounds, it can’t add bits of you that weren’t there before and – if you’ve been gluttonous enough – that’s what you’ll see: a new bit—the universally loathed double chin. Medically speaking, it’s referred to as a buccula and in this week’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we’ll explore how to get rid of it but also – hopefully – find something to redeem it.




A layer of fat located at the front of the neck covered by sagging or stretched skin, giving the owner the appearance of having a second or third chin.

December 10th, 2014

Wacky Word Wednesday – Lalochezia

Ever bumped your shin against a coffee table in the dark or stubbed a toe while you were wearing a pair of flip-flops? What was the first thing out of your mouth? If not “ouch,” or some variation thereof, it was probably a word not fit for print on a forum as prestigious as T for Translation. But for this week’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we’ll be exploring the reason so many of us find ourselves swearing when we’re in pain.




Emotional relief gained from using indecent or vulgar language.

December 3rd, 2014

Asteism – Wacky Word Wednesday

Some people say the meanest things but in such a nice way that you don’t even notice the insult. They’re so polite they could say whatever they wanted and nobody would take offense – even if the speaker intended them to. There’s a word for these sorts of cleverly biting comments and it’s this week’s Wacky Word – asteism.




An ingeniously polite insult.

November 26th, 2014

Pandiculation – Wacky Word Wednesday

You rise from your chair, a little sleepy after a large lunch and a glass of wine, and as you stand your body begins to contort. Your spine stiffens and arches backward, your arms reach for the sky, your head leans back, your mouth opens wide and you draw a deep breath. It’s an exquisitely involuntary action we’ve all experienced and it’s this week’s Wacky Word: pandiculation.




A stretching and stiffening of the back and arms, as when fatigued and drowsy or upon waking, often accompanied by yawning.

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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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