Tiny Online has a section on their website called ‘unusual words’. The one that caught my eye today was ‘autohagiography’ which is a rarely used words meaning “one who speaks and writes in a smug fashion about their own life and accomplishments”. World Wide Words (a site by writer Michael Quinion) say that: “The first use of it I can trace is in the title of the book The Confessions of Aleister Crowley; An Autohagiography, which was published in 1970″.
It’s worth browsing the Tiny Online list of unusual words as there are some weird and funny ones on there such as:
- bombilate: to loudly hum or buzz continuously
- misodoctakleidist: someone who hates practicing the piano
- nelipot: someone who walks without shoes
- pyknic: short and fat
- skoptsy: the act of self castration
- slubberdegullion: a filthy, slobbering persion
- qualtagh: the first person you see after leaving your house
My thoughts: Why do we even need words for these things, especially the last one? It also makes you wonder who thought them up and why! I suppose it makes scrabble and crosswords more challenging.
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