Rare and Obscure Words

Cheiloproclitic – Being attracted to someones lips.
Quidnunc – One who always has to know what is going on.
Ultracrepidarian – Of one who speaks or offers opinions on matters beyond their knowledge.
Apodyopis – The act of mentally undressing someone.
Gymnophoria – The sensation that someone is mentally undressing you.
Tarantism – The urge to overcome melancholy by dancing.
Autolatry – The worship of one’s self.
Cagamosis – An unhappy marriage.
Gargalesthesia – The sensation caused my tickling.
Capernoited – Slightly intoxicated or tipsy.
Lalochezia – The use of abusive language to relieve stress or ease pain.
Cataglottism – Kissing with tongue.
Basorexia – An overwhelming desire to kiss.
Brontide – The low rumbling of distant thunder.
Grapholagnia – The urge to stare at obscene pictures.
Agelast – A person who never laughs.
Wanweird – An unhappy fate.
Dystopia – Am imaginary place of total misery. A metaphor for hell.
Petrichor – The smell of dry rain on the ground.
Anagapesis – The feeling when one no longer loves someone they once did.
Malapert – Clever in manners of speech.
Duende – Unusual power to attract or charm.
Concilliabule – A secret meeting of people who are hatching a plot.
Strikhedonia – The pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”.
Lygerastia – The condition of one who is only amorous when the lights are out.

Ayurnamat – The philosophy that there is no point in worrying about events that cannot be changed.
Sphallolalia – Flirtatious talk that leads no where.
Baisemain – A kiss on the hand.
Druxy – Something which looks good on the outside, but is actually rotten inside.
Mamihlapinatapei – The look between two people in which each loves the other but is too afraid to make the first move.


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4 thoughts on “Rare and Obscure Words

  1. Mira says:

    I love ultracrepidarian. Here’s what I found:
    1800–20; ultra- + Latin crepidam ‘sole of a shoe, sandal’ (< Greek krepis ‘shoe’); in allusion to the words of Pliny the Elder ne supra crepidam sutor judicare ‘let the cobbler not judge above the sandal’; cf. the English proverb “let the cobbler stick to his last”

    So it has an interesting origin, too! I'm sure all the other do as well 😀

    • LadyRaconteur88 says:

      That’s awesome you found that! I love unique passed over words. I find them fascinating. If you find anymore, I’d love it if you shared them. =)

      • Mira says:

        Well, the one I noticed right away is duende, which comes from Spanish. It means spirit, elf, goblin (magical creature) there. I was surprised (but not overly so, given its origin) to see it has come to mean “charm; magnetism” in English, apart from what it means in Spanish.

        Then MALAPERT is fun, since it comes from mal + apertus, “open” in Latin. Hence: “unbecomingly bold or saucy.” Do note that this differs from the definition you found.

        Some of the others, like “agelast,” are a puzzle. It can’t come from age + last (and on a side note, people who laugh less live less).

        They’re all fun. I have saved the page and will look them all up.

        By the way, it was hard finding that page on your blog today. You have posted to many interesting things in the meantime. You have an amazing blog!! 😀

    • LadyRaconteur88 says:

      PS I should look up the origin to the other words like you have with “ultracrepidarian.” I’m sure their origins are just as colorful.

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