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interesting words #1 (permalink) Tue May 15, 2007 22:31 pm   interesting words
 

here's an interesting link: http://www.vocabula.com/VRbestwords.asp

a list of "interesting" words. some of them I have encountered in the GRE hit-parades, so you may find the list useful:

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ubiquitous being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent

ecdysiast a striptease artist

eleemosynary of, relating to, or dependent on charity

egregious conspicuously bad or offensive

bailiwick one's particular area of activity, interest, or authority

animadversion strong criticism; a critical or censorious remark

gallivant to roam about in search of pleasure or amusement

zephyr the west wind; a gentle breeze; something that is airy or insubstantial

borborygmus a rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines

Godspeed success or good fortune

schadenfreude pleasure derived from another's misfortune

merkin a public wig for women

dollop a shapeless mass or blob of something

porphyrophobia fear of the color purple

perspicacious having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perceptive

senescence growing old; aging

poltroon a contemptible coward

pilgarlic a bald-headed man

boeotian stupid; dull

contumely rudeness or contempt arising from haughtiness; insolence

lucubrate to study diligently; to write in a scholarly way

undulation movement in waves; a wavy, curving form or outline

weanling a child or animal newly weaned

euphony agreeable sound

quixotic extravagantly chivalrous or romantic

stentorian very loud

perambulate walk through, about, or over; stroll

jocularity joking speech or behavior

mendacity a lie; falsehood

obloquy verbal abuse of a person or thing

ribaldry coarse language or humor

pusillanimous timid or cowardly; fainthearted

heebie-jeebies nervousness; jitters

scalawag scamp; rascal

mulct to swindle; to defraud

corpulent excessively fat

asthenic extremely thin or wasted

cacology bad choice or use of words

aberrant deviating from the proper course

mellifluous sweetly flowing; smooth and sweet

quidnunc a busybody; a nosy person

solipsism the belief that the self is the only reality

ricochet to rebound

prandial relating to a meal, esp. dinner

propinquity proximity; nearness

persiflage banter; light, good-natured talk

officious meddlesome; unnecessarily or obtrusively ready to offer advice or services

odious repugnant; hateful

ennui boredom; listlessness

reconnoiter to make a preliminary inspection; to look around

callipygian having beautifully proportioned buttocks

steatopygian having an excess accumulation of fat on the buttocks

phalanx a compact group of people

troglodyte a cave dweller; recluse

penultimate next to last

chthonic of or relating to the underworld

tergiversate to equivocate; to change sides

jejune not interesting, dull, empty; childish; lacking in nutrition

otiose lazy, indolent; useless; ineffective, futile

salubrious conducive to health or well-being

kakistocracy government by the worst or least qualified citizens

hebetudinous dull-minded; mentally lethargic

uxorious excessively fond or submissive to one's wife

quotidian daily; everyday; commonplace

logorrhea excessive, incoherent talkativeness

ichthyophagous feeding on fish

mammiferous having mammary glands

tatterdemalion a ragamuffin

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interesting words #2 (permalink) Tue May 15, 2007 22:59 pm   interesting words
 

Interesting words indeed, Aereal, and funny too! Isn't it a pity that they are hardly used in everyday speech?
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interesting words #3 (permalink) Tue May 15, 2007 23:37 pm   interesting words
 

Conchita wrote:
Isn't it a pity that they are hardly used in everyday speech?

It all depends on us ;)
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Correction #4 (permalink) Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:06 pm   Correction
 

Hey Aereal, who is here quite often.

I believe you have a mistake...

merkin a public wig for women

Should be

merkin a "pubic" wig for women

Just wanted to clear that up thanks :)
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