Erstwhile in my life, I have been known to gambol while smelling the sweet petrichor and enjoying the mellifluous voice of a loved one…
Or perhaps this is just bunkum filled with gadzookery…
My, my, isn’t the English language a vast and obscure one?
A recent post I came across inspired me to look into some of the more underused, albeit superfluous, words of this great language. From that research I compiled a list of the 20 words that stood out to me as the most obscure, fun to say, or beautifully sounding:
(n.) – The warmth of the Sun in Winter.
(v.) – To kiss.
(n.) – Empty or misleading talk; rubbish; nonsense.
(v.) – To laugh loudly.
(adj.) – Of, or pertaining to, Chelonians (a turtle, terrapin, or tortoise).
(v.) – Forcing, or coercing, someone into doing something they’d rather not.
(adj.) – At one time; for a time; former.
(n.) – The use or archaism; tushery.
(v.) – To skip or leap about joyfully.
(adj.) – (of light or fire) gleaming, glowing, or flickering with a soft radiance.
(n.) – Believing the world can be made better by human effort.
(adj.) – (of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear.
(n.) – Contemplation of one’s navel (as an aide to meditation).
(v.) – To become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.
(n.) – A solution for all problems.
(n.) – Light, and slightly contemptuous, mockery or banter; frivolous talk.
(n.) – The scent of rain on dry earth.
(n.) – Underhanded, or unscrupulous, behavior; trickery.
(n.) – A wish, or inclination, not strong enough to lead to action.
(n.) – The appearance of being true, or real.
What are some favorites from this list?
Which words are missing and should be added?
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