Words of the Day

'Word of the Day' started life as an occasional diary entry about a word that I quite liked or was amused by. Sometimes these words were made up, but in some way were suggestive of the object or behavior it was purported to describe. This gradually morphed into a more regular entry type and luckily I had added an identification field for it...

...which enabled clumping them all together. May contain mild annoyance. If you wish to know which words are real and which are madey-uppy, 'google is your friend'.

So it is that below, the 'word-of-the-day-engine' has rounded up all of these words into a handy list.

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Word of the Day10th February 2007. Word-of-the-Day: 'mall-blindness'.

mall-blindness n. A fugue state or trance resulting from wandering aimlessly in a large, typically American, shopping mall. It is hypothesised that this is caused by a combination of: the uniformity of the layout, the repetitive sales-outlets and a lack of visual clues to the passing of time, e.g. clocks, the sun, natural light. May be exacerbated by jet-lag. On the trance being broken, the patient often does not recall what day it is, or where they are. Hence;

mall-blind a. Being in a fugue state or trance as a result of wandering aimlessly in a large, typically American, shopping mall.

Word of the Day1st April 2008. Word-of-the-Day: 'inconceivable'.

inconceivable a. "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Inigo Montoya ('The Princess Bride').

Word of the Day5th January 2009. Word-of-the-Day: 'bamboozle'.

bamboozle v. To cheat or fool.

bamboozle n. A psychosis or fugue in which the recipient believes that the ownership or use of 'traditional' fishing tackle and accoutrements is best and harks back to a mythical golden age of angling.

E.g. “Don’t show him that old cane rod, he’ll fall into a bamboozle.”

bamboozled a. To be under the influence of a bamboozle.

E.g. "One could infer he was bamboozled from the centre-pin, the surfeit of old malodorous tweeds and a desperate need to make tea using an old and potentially toxic storm-kettle, instead of a perfectly serviceable spirit stove."

[cf. JAA, 'bamboo-oozlum'. According to ‘Old BobYou don't want to hear about the Oomigooly bird...’ the Hardly Ever Spotted Oozlum Bird flew around in ever decreasing circles until it vanished up it own rear-end.]

Word of the Day2nd November 2009. Word-of-the-Day: 'furrybootsec'.

furrybootsec n. The short fuzzy moment in time between waking up in a random hotel room and working out what hotel you’re in, in which country and what the frak you’re doing today.

[cf. "Fauraboots are ye fae?" (Doric); trans. "Might I enquire as to whence you hail?"

[cf. 'Furryboottoon', i.e. 'Aberdeen' in the Doric.]

Word of the Day21st March 2012. Word-of-the-Day: 'addlesum'.

addlesum v. In a transaction of goods and/or services, the act of adding up and subtracting the alleged costs of various items and allowances against them, but doing it really fast in an attempt to confuse the other party and so gain a trifling financial advantage. Abuse of the rules of reciprocation and consistency is typically utilised during the same transaction.

E.g. “So that's £90 for the rod, less £35 for the repairs, plus £5 for the new ring, that’s cheap as I had one and then I’ll add on the £5 for that sandwich that time*and that line I gave you last week**, that's worth £5 at least so let's call it...”

addlesummer n. One who addlesums, which is, strictly speaking, legal. However, respecting, dealing with or recommending addlesummers is not remotely necessary.

* That was not requested or required.

** That was clearly offered as a gift at the time.

Word of the Day4th April 2013. Word-of-the-Day: 'petrichor'.

petrichor a. The earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. This smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain, the oil is released into the air

[cf. The word is constructed from the Greek petra/petros (rock/stone) and 'ιchοr', the fluid that flows in the veins of the Greek mythological gods.]

[cf. Argillaceous odour.]

Word of the DayOctober 2014. Word-of-the-Day: 'parp'.

parp n. 1. Supposedly comical noise made by clown or clowns' props, punctuating a prat-fall or gag, for the purpose of indicating when the audience should laugh. This never works, as clowns are not funny. 2. Slang term for breaking wind. 3. A carp that takes a bait intended for perch.

parped a. To be afflicted with, or attached to, a parp (3) while attempting to catch a perch.

[cf. JAA, 'perch-carp'.]

Word of the DaySeptember 2015. Word-of-the-Day: 'whitherweather'.

whitherweather v. The act of looking at a weather forecast on the pretext that it will make the slightest difference to one's planned course of action.

Word of the Day20th June 2016. Word-of-the-Day: 'liminal'.

liminal a. 1. Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. 2. Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. 3. In psychology and physiology, relating to the point (or threshold) beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced.

Just a really good word.

Word of the Day25th July 2016. Word-of-the-Day: 'cacoethes'.

cacoethes n. An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable...

Word of the Day28th August 2016. Word-of-the-Day: 'opsimath'.

opsimath n. A person who begins to learn or study only late in life.

Word of the Day1st December 2016. Word-of-the-Day: 'numinous'.

numinous a. Having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity; arousing spiritual or religious emotion; mysterious or awe-inspiring. Can describe both mystical experiences and psychedelic experiences.

E.g. "He was bamboozled by the strange, numinous beauty of the old Mk.IV."

Word of the Day10th March 2017. Words-of-the-Day: 'mystify', 'flennel'. If I were to take up Morris Dancing, both legs would have bells on.

mystify v. To befuddle, cloud, obscure, mask whatever is going on. The substitution of false for true constructions of what is being experienced, being done (praxis), or going on (process), and the substitution of false issues for the actual issues.

flennel v. 1. To use a lot of words to avoid telling the truth or answering a question, as part of an overall strategy to construct a new narrative by mystifying the old narrative, possibly in order to deceive. 2. To masquerade as a rustic in an attempt to prise cash from gullible internet users, book buyers or anglers. ToSMy thanks to the Thane of Sussex for the second definition of 'flennel'.

Word of the Day1st September 2017. Words-of-the-Day: 'mono no aware'.

mono no aware; A Japanese term for the awareness of transience or impermanence of things, and also a transient wistfulness or gentle sadness at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being life’s reality, a kind of melancholic resignation. As I recall, this is often represented by the short-lived beauty of cherry blossom.

I know that's not actually a word. But, you know, 'my website'.

Word of the Day20th May 2018. Word-of-the-Day: 'stravaig'.

Stravaig v. To wander about aimlessly, or without sure purpose, viz. "...stravaiging about the roads".

Word of the Day18th September 2018. Word-of-the-Day: 'grok'.

Grok v. (informal) To understand something intuitively or by empathy; to establish a rapport.

For example; to grok a fishing venue, viz. to instinctively know when and where fish can be found for a given set of conditions, without needing to think about it or resort to any kind of analysis.

Word of the Day9th January 2019. Word-of-the-Day: 'faffberg'.

faffberg n. In any enterprise, a monstrous obstacle to any progress, composed of compacted middle-managers and bureaucrats who spend their 'working' day talking about stuff they either don't care to carry out or understand. Consequently, they try and get other people to do it for them and/or stop other people working.

E.g.:

"Did you manage to order the 'widget' you urgently needed for tomorrow?"
"No, I hit a faffberg and now have to fill out a two-page form, get four signatures on it and it'll turn up in two weeks. Probably. If I constantly check."

[cf. 'A talking shop'.]
[cf. "Because otherwise we'd get stuff done, and that would be wrong." faffAn actual quote from a colleague. ]

Word of the Day22nd July 2019. Word-of-the-Day: 'dromomania'.

Dromomania n. An uncontrollable impulse or desire to wander or travel.

Word of the Day27th November 2019. Word-of-the-Day: 'gluggaveður'.

gluggaveður n. An Icelandic word, anglicised as 'gluggavedur', which means the 'kind of weather that is nice to watch through the window, but not so nice to experience in person'. Outdoors. Literally, 'window-weather'.

Or being outside 'underdressed for the weather'. Some might say.

Word of the Day14th September 2020. Word-of-the-Day: 'gongoozle'.

Gongoozle v. 1. To gaze at the activity on a canal; to leisurely watch the passage of boats, from the bank, lock or bridge. 2. To observe things idly.

Word of the Day23rd March 2021. Word-of-the-Day: 'ilunga'.

ilunga n. A Bantu word meaning 'a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time'.

I just love that any culture at all has a word for that.

Word of the Day10th September 2021. Word-of-the-Day: 'yut'.

yut v. To agree with a judgment on a single example, but to reject the broader sentiment, narrative or ideology it is used to support.

[cf. 'yes, but...']

From the continually interesting Everything Studies.

Word of the Day27th September 2021. Word-of-the-Day: 'uhtceare'.

uhtceare a. An Old English word describing the experience of waking before dawn, then not being able to get back to sleep because you’re worrying about something.

[cf. The word is a joining (kenning?) of two words; 'uht' meaning 'the hour before sunrise' and 'ceare' meaning 'care or worry'.]

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