20 Words I Didn’t Know I Was
(Odyssey Article 16)
Logolepsy: An obsession with words.
NERD ALERT: I love words.
I love reading. I love accents. I love definitions. I love speech.
I just love language and all the words (familiar and foreign) that come along with it.
Recently, I came across the article “30 Things I’d Rather Be Than Pretty“, and it sparked my search for new words to add to my vocabulary. While I borrowed a couple from the article’s author, I found myself enjoying the research and discovery of even more ways to describe myself. Hopefully, some of these relate to you guys, too.
1. Belesprit (French)
– a person of great wit or intellect.
2. Sonderous (French)
– one who realizes each random passerby lives a life as vivid and complex as his/her own.
3. Occhiolic (English)
– a person aware of the smallness of his/her perspective in the scheme of the universe.
4. Eunoia (Greek)
– well-minded; beautifully thinking.
5. Atychiphobic (Greek)
– fearing failure; fear of not being good enough.
6. Bawdy (English)
– humorously vulgar.
7. Abliguritious (Latin)
– one who spends an excessive amount of money on food.
8. Couthy (Scottish)
– a warm and friendly person.
9. Polyhistor (Greek/Latin)
– a well-educated person; varied learning.
10. Esoteric (Greek)
– understood by or meant only for the select few with special knowledge or interest; private, secret, confidential.
11. Scripturient (Latin)
– having a consuming passion for writing.
12. Philocalic (Greek)
– a lover of beauty.
13. Quiescent (Latin)
– a quiet, soft-spoken soul.
14. Clinomaniac (Greek)
– one with an excessive desire to stay in bed.
15. Finifugal (Latin)
– a person who hates endings; tries avoiding or prolonging the final moments of a story, relationship, or some other journey.
16. Selcouth (English)
– unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous.
17. Eccedentesiast (English)
– one who hides pain behind a smile.
18. Recherche (French)
– “carefully sought out”; carefully chosen, rare, or exotic.
19. Solivagant (Latin)
– wandering alone.
20. Logastellus (Greek)
– a person whose love of words is greater than his/her knowledge of words.
Even if you can’t find yourself in any of these, put them to good use in a paper or in everyday conversation. (You never know what might happen.) As well, if you want even more words, check out The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Happy hunting!
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