Weird Words

Weird Word: Glabella

by on Mar.03, 2014, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Glabella

Noun

  • (anatomy) The space between the eyebrows and the nose.
  • (zoology) The axial protuberance on the cephalon of certain arthropods (especially trilobites)

Example Usage:

“You have a little something-” “On my mouth? Oh, how embarrassing.” “No, um-” “On my dress? Oh dear!” “Not exactly-” “Well then where?!” “Your glabella.” “I will not be talked to that way!” “No, Ma’am, its your face-” “Are you saying I look like an insect!? !” “What? No I-” “Sir, I think we’re going to have to ask you to leave.”

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Commentary:

I don’t actually have a problem with people who have hair in their glabella, or what is more commonly known has a unibrow. I think the look gets a bad rap from old cartoons, where all the bad guys had unibrows. But now you know what that the name of that place is, so you can tell your beautician exactly where you wish the hair removed.

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Weird Word: Satorial

by on Feb.24, 2014, under Weird Words, Writing

Satorial

Adjective

  • Of or relating to the tailoring of clothing.
  • Of or relating to the quality of dress

Example Usage:

“Look all I’m saying is that Florthians place an emphasis on satorial manners, being a race which communications exclusively through the visible spectrum. Which means we’re wearing the jackets, regardless of how much they make us look like an Olympic team competing for the most hideous team uniform.”

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Commentary:

Here is a word I’m sure I’ve never heard uttered and never seen until I stumbled across it in search of weird words. You can tell it hasn’t been very popular, since the number of meanings is small. There’s an extra meaning in anatomy I excluded because it seemed somewhat silly. Apparently there is a muscle group named satorial. Anatomy is weird.

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Weird Word: Reification

by on Feb.17, 2014, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Reification

Noun

  • The consideration of an abstract thing as if it were concrete, or of an inanimate object as if it were living.
  • The consideration of a human being as an impersonal object.

Example Usage:

“Your reficiation of the chairs in this lab are really starting to annoy me,” I said as I sat, a little too quick to stop myself from setting off the whoopee cushion hidden beneath the seat’s cover, which sent giggles through out of the laboratory staff. “So you’re saying that was you and not the chair?” Ry’leu retorted with a knowing snicker.

Alternative Forms

  • reify

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Commentary:

What bugged me initially was that I wasn’t sure what the difference was between Reification and Personification. Turns out the two are very similar but not quiet the same. Personification is literary technique writing as well as a way of asserting qualities or roles of one thing onto another thing, such as the Grim Reaper being the personification of death. Reification on the other hand is basically the opposite of objectification, where you would treat death not as a the grim reaper, but as something you could use, carry around, or draw a smiley face on.

Still the word makes me think it just wants to repeat something over and over and over.

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Weird Word: Austere

by on Feb.10, 2014, under Weird Words, Writing

Austere

Adjective

  • Grim or severe in manner or appearance
  • Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy

Example Usage:

The orb was anything but austere, covered in nobs, scratches, markings, and somewhat artistic designs, brightly colored in as obnoxious of a manner that an inanimate could muster on both its surface and inside, as could be seen through several semi-transparent layers.

Alternative Forms

  • austerer
  • austerest
  • austerity
  • austerely

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Commentary:

So this word is uncommon but not rare or unheard of. I think it is likely found in a lot of victorian writings, which is silly because the victorians were all about decoration, although perhaps not gaudy. In regards to appearance, I believe I’ve heard this word used to describe the “old woman” or “head mistress of the school” trope. Still it is a nicely descriptive word even if it has a deceptive spelling. The pronunciation actually makes me think of something shining or with a specular highlight instead of severe or lacking in decoration.

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Weird Word: Facinorous

by on Jan.27, 2014, under Weird Words, Writing

Facinorous

Adjective

  • Extremely wicked

Example Usage:

“Bullying Bough Bettle!” “Wicked Wacker!” “Facinorous Fecal Matter!” they crowd shouted, throwing every manner of confusing insult they could.

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Commentary:

I like this word. My spellchecker doesn’t but it rarely likes the words I post here. This in another one of those words that sounds evil which means it nicely fits our definition. It also feels like it has some relation to noses but I don’t know why I feel that way.

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Weird Word: Theranostics

by on Jan.20, 2014, under Weird Words, Writing

Theranostics

Noun

  • A form of diagnostic therapy that tests patient’s reaction to medication

Example Usage:

“It is theranostics you see,” Abel said as he pulled the hot poker from the fire. “We’ll poke him with this and see how he reacts. He’ll feel better afterwards, I’m sure.”

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Commentary:

I’m betting this is the same stuff that placebos fall under, as well as that neat effect where people get sick because they thing they are sick, when in actuality they are sick but not for the reasons they think they are sick. Anyway Abel definitely is not using the word correctly but then again, maybe hot pokers are a form of medication where it comes from.

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Weird Word: Banausic

by on Jan.13, 2014, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Banausic

Adjective

  • mechanical; materialistic, uncultured.
  • utilitarian

Example Usage:

To say Marla was banausic was to be factually correct while also completely wrong, for while she was made of metal and coveted the odd fashion now and again, one could never claim that she lacked social grace.

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Commentary:

A weird word if only because its definition is so weird. I’m not sure if mechanical is meant to mean materialistic and uncultured? Perhaps this was an archaic meaning of mechanical? The utilitarian definition was far easier to use. I am not sure I’ll be using this word if only because I don’t know if know what it really means, despite looking it up!

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Weird Word: Palpebra

by on Jan.06, 2014, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Palpebra

Noun

  • The eyelid.

Example Usage:

“That is the biggest palpebra I have ever seen,” the doctor said. “Help me lift it. We can see what type of ocular apparatus the creature uses.”

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Commentary:

Need another word for eyelid? No? Really? I could have sworn… This definitely falls under a weird word that you’re only going to use if you’re in a medical field in some way shape or form. Or if you want to sound really smart.

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Weird Word Argosy

by on Dec.30, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Argosy

Noun

  • A merchant ship.
  • A merchant flotilla, fleet.
  • A collection of lore.

Example Usage:

“The argosy should arrive within a week, Sir,” the aid reported, offering a multi-page report across the table. “They’ve reported the loss of two ships but the Fair Weather is still in tact.”

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Commentary:

So this I think is actually a weird word. It’d be hard even without significant context to determine if the plurality of the word, at least when referring to its naval meaning. As a friend pointed out, even the statement “The argosy had us surrounded” could be ambiguous, assuming one invented an extendable rubber boat.

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Weird Word: Hippodrome

by on Dec.23, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Hippodrome

Noun

  • A horse racing course.

Verb

  • To stage a baseball game to suit gamblers.

Example Usage:

A hippodrome was not a good place to hippodrome a baseball game, mostly because the horses added extra variables which made it hard to calculate the odds for bets.

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Commentary:

What I don’t understand is why this word doesn’t involve hippos in any way shape or form. What I also don’t understand is how this word has any relation to baseball. I think I just don’t understand this word.

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