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Note 190 – Autohagiography and other unusual words

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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