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Sunday 24 March 2019
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03/24/2019



Agalactic (adjective)

Unable to produce milk.
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03/17/2019: Phthirophagous (adjective) Lice-eating.
03/10/2019: Heterochromia (noun) The condition of having one eye a different color from the other, or having different colors within the iris of an eye.
03/03/2019: Antejentacular (adjective) Before breakfast.
02/24/2019: Desuetude (noun) A state of inactivity or of no longer being used or practiced.
02/17/2019: Hyalophagy (noun) Glass-eating, sometimes a pathological condition but also done for shock effect by performers in the same vein as sword-swallowing, “pounding” nails up the nostrils, etc.
02/10/2019: Preprandial (adjective) Before a meal, most often referring to dinner.
02/03/2019: Phlogiston (noun) Invisible fluid first proposed in 1667 to be possessed by all flammable substances and released when they burn. Antoine Lavoisier debunked the theory in 1777.
01/27/2019: Quader (verb) To square a number (multiply it by itself).
01/20/2019: Bondieuserie (noun) Tacky or kitchy religious ornamentation. (From the French for “Dear Lord.”)
01/13/2019: Cymotrichous (adjective) Wavy-haired.
01/06/2019: Destot’s space (noun) The space, or potential space, bounded by four adjacent bones of the wrist, named after radiology pioneer Etienne Destot (1864-1918). Typically brought up during crucifixion discussions.
12/30/2018: Macroscian (adjective) Casting a long shadow.
12/23/2018: Simpsonize (verb) To cheat one’s customers by watering down their milk.
12/16/2018: Skeuomorph (noun) An object designed with a feature that simulates earlier functions or materials that no longer actually apply. An example would be a modern hubcap with artificial spokes.
12/09/2018: Virgate (adjective) Shaped like a rod.
12/02/2018: Gradgrind (noun) A person who relies on facts and physical measurements but doesn’t account for human nature.
11/25/2018: Majuscule (adjective, noun) Referring to an upper-case letter. The opposite of minuscule.
11/18/2018: Ortolan ortolan(noun) A European bunting, Emberiza hortulana, force-fed and then roasted and eaten as a delicacy. Diners traditionally drape a white napkin over their heads as they eat them to “hide their sin from God.”
11/11/2018: Operose (adjective) Involving much labor, or of a person who works strenuously.
11/04/2018: Munge (verb) To modify or transform information, often imperfectly and/or without explanation.
Mary Shelley
James Fenimore Cooper
Roald Dahl
Eugene Oneill
William Butler Yeats
Frances Trollope
John Wilmot
W. Somerset Maugham
HG Wells
Faltonia Betitia Proba
Robert E. Howard
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed — my dearest pleasure when free.<br><br><aside>Mary Shelley</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.<br><br><aside>James Fenimore Cooper</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it.<br><br><aside>Roald Dahl</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>I love every bone in their heads.<br><br><aside>Eugene Oneill</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.<br><br><aside>William Butler Yeats</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>I draw from life — but I always pulp my acquaintance before serving them up. You would never recognize a pig in a sausage.<br><br><aside>Frances Trollope</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Dead, we become the lumber of the world.<br><br><aside>John Wilmot</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:155px;"><i>There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.<br><br><aside>W. Somerset Maugham</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:170px;"><i>The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf. It’s almost a law.<br><br><aside>HG Wells</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>From earliest times, leaders have broken sacred Vows of peace — poor men, caught up in a fatal Greed for power.<br><br><aside>Faltonia Betitia Proba</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>I am unable to rouse much interest in any highly civilized race, country or epoch, including this one.<br><br><aside>Robert E. Howard</aside></i></span>

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