Thursday, May 05, 2005
Will Geek for Words, Part 3
All entries below are from Word Lover's Dictionary: Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words by Josefa Heifetz (New York: Carol Publishing, 1974, 1994) For previous entries in this series, please see Part 1 and Part 2.
- ebenezer, n.: 1. a memorial stone, especially one commemorating alleged divine assistance. 2. an opprobrious term for a house of worship.
- egersis, n.: abnormal wakefulness.
- egopathy, n.: hostile behavious due to egomania.
- egotheism, n.: self-deification.
- empressement, n.: extreme politeness.
- entheomania, n.: an abnormal state in which one thinks one is inspired.
- epicaricacy, n.: taking pleasure in others' misfortune. [See? The German word Schadenfreude isn't the only description of this phenomonon. From Schaden, damage + Freude, joy. A malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.]
- euphuism, n.: affected, high-flown speech or writing.
- exaugurate, v.t.: to secularize; to desecrate.
- excerebrose, adj.: having no brains.
- exophagy, n.: cannibalism outside the tribe. [Logically, there should also be an endophagy.]
- exoteric, adj.: 1. adapted for the layman, such as a theory. 2. understood by the layman. 3. ordinary or simple. -ant. esoteric.