Tuesday, October 14, 2008

So I was over cruising on NaNoWriMo and came across a post that talked about the 24 words that are possibly heading for extinction from the "dictionary". I just thought I would repeat the words here, with their definitions, for anyone who is interested (and so I can have a remembrance of them).

Abstergent - cleansing or scouring

Agrestic - rural; rustic; unpolished; uncouth

Apodeictic - unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration

Caducity - perishableness; senility

Caliginosity - dimness; darkness

Compossible - possible in coexistence with something else

Embrangle - to confuse or entangle

Exuviate - to shed (a skin or similar outer covering)

Fatidical - prophetic

Fubsy - short and stout; squat

Griseous - streaked or mixed with grey; somewhat grey

Malison - a curse

Mansuetude - gentleness or mildness

Muliebrity - the condition of being a woman

Niddering - cowardly

Nitid - bright; glistening

Olid - foul-smelling

Oppugnant - combative, antagonistic, or contrary

Periapt - a charm or amulet

Recrement - waste matter; refuse; dross

Roborant - tending to fortify or increase strength

Skirr - a whirring or grating sound, as of the wings of birds in flight

Vaticinate - to foretell; prophesy

Vilipend - to treat or regard with contempt

So exactly what did these words do to deserve banishment?


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