Thursday, March 28, 2013

Time For Some Words

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you all know how much I love finding new words.

I especially like coming across a word I've never seen before, or a word that has a delightful or surprising meaning, or a word that takes a great amount of bravery in attempting to  pronounce it.

So I've been saving up a few such doozies for you, and it's time to let them loose.

Here they are:

1.  a)  novercaphobia - the fear of one's stepmother

No, I don't experience this type of fear.  I don't have a step-mother.  
My husband came across this word in a book he was reading.

   b)  vitricophobia - the fear of one's stepfather

   c)  pentheraphobia - fear of one's mother-in-law 

Again, I have no symptoms, as I have a wonderful mother-in-law, and we have always got along just fine.

2.  grinagog - one who is constantly grinning 

I don't know if the prince could truly be considered a grinigog, but when he does smile, he's most certainly handsome. 

And, I suppose this skull could be considered to be a grinagog:

3.  uxoricide - the killing of one's own wife

This word appeared as the weird word of the day on an app my husband uses.

4.  beatster - a fishnet repairer

I've been watching the History Channel's mini series "The Bible," and I've wondered a lot about the fisherman Peter and his crew mates.  Those guys lived a very different sort of a lifestyle.

5.  librocubicularist - a person who reads in bed

This word was sent to be by Debbie, a friend who reads my blog and knows I like words.  This word describes me.  I read in bed.  Actually I read a lot.  Anywhere.  Any time.

6.  prestidigitation - manual dexterity in the execution of tricks

I was so excited when I heard this word used several times in the recent "Oz" movie we watched.  However, I was wondering how many of the other movie patrons caught it.

And lastly, the husband/lover/maker-up-of-stuff reminded me that when we are at the beach in May, we will be experiencing the euphoria that comes from the amorphylization of  shellfish.

Now try to find that word in your dictionary!


  1. Thanks for the English lesson. English was my worst subject. One reason is that I have a mthamatical mind and have always had trouble with English because it doesn't follow set rules. "Water" should be pronounced like "waiter", is an example.

  2. I always like to learn new/unusual words. It is possible, that on occasion, I have #1 - c......lol