Improbable, absurd and preposterous words

Here  is a selection of words one is unlikely to use, even in writing. But having learned them, one can try! If there is a game to be played with rare and unusual words, a good one would to write the opening of a short story utilising some or all of the words below, in their correct context. It can be as ridiculous or as improbable as one likes.

Nimptosical: drunk.

Galeanthropy is the delusion that one has become a cat.

A gynotikolobomassophile is one who likes to nibble women’s earlobes.

Contrectation is fondling before lovemaking, or the act of caressing a woman, especially furtively and against her will.

Fartleberries refers to excrement clinging to the hairs around the anus.

Parthenology is the medical study of virgins and virginity.

Dwergmal is dwarf language.

Dasypygal is  “possessing hairy buttocks”.

An espringal would be very useful were you laying siege to a walled city in the Middle Ages: it is a medieval stone throwing contraption.

Nothosonomia is the act of calling someone a bastard.

Omphaloskepsis is meditation while gazing at one’s navel.

Have fun!

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Just another Ranter in the blogosphere, based in the East of England in the UK. Interests literature and poetry, poets, communism and communalism, socialism, the destiny of humankind, the Ranter folk in the English revolution (one of their writers was called Jacob Bauthumley: click on About and you'll find a piece on Ranter beliefs, with a quotation from Bauthumley himself), the Green Party, philosophy, ethics, science fiction, the novel, France, Norfolk, global warming, humour, music, and survival. "We must love one another or die": W H Auden, in the poem 1st September 1939.
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6 Responses to Improbable, absurd and preposterous words

  1. Lots of weird neologisms by Sir T.B. including RETROMINGENT, CALIPHYGAE, ANTEDILUVIAN, CHYLIFACTIVE, are ones which immediately spring to mind, sadly.

  2. I forgot to ask. What’s the sauce of these dainty trifles? Will you declare it ?

  3. Mrs Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words, by Josefa Heifetz Byrne (Granada Publishing, 1974). She has two of Browne’s neologisms, Retromingent and Antediluvian, but not the other two. My SOED gives Antediluvian as first used Mid 17th Century; I’m sure the OED would give the exact quotation where Browne first coined it.

    • Shouldn’t you therefore quote your source in the post?

      Don’t bet on the OED’s accuracy .

      Actually Sir T.B. is the most frequent source of word origination cited in OED!

  4. Erranter says:

    Fartleberries. Oh god, that’s great.

  5. Cassandre says:

    Take me time to translate, but good fun!!

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