con·ge·ries (kon-juh-rees | kɒndʒəriz ) Latin noun a collection, a mass of heterogeneous parts, an assemblage, aggregation or heap Each one is a miniature world unto itself, a tiny functioning mechanism,a congeries of minute and mysterious moving parts.
ab·ro·gate (ab-ruh-gayt | æbrəgeɪt) Latin verb to put an end to or abolish by formal means You cannot abrogate your responsibility in this matter
in·sou·ci·ance (in-soo-see-uns | ɪnsusiəns) French noun indifference, lack of concern The cat’s air of insouciance was shattered after we adopted a puppy as well.
Hello again all, hope you’re well. Tumblr has kindly reminded me that I’m neglecting you terribly, so expect some more posts starting tomorrow evening (it’s late here) and this time let’s see if I can actually maintain it for more than a week because goodness knows I’ve been here nearly a year and should be able to keep up by now. Our submissions box is always open...
Nobody saw that, okay?
par·si·mo·ni·ous (par-su-mow-nee-us | pɑrsəmoʊniəs) Late Middle English, from Latin adjective excessively frugal or stingy This parsimonious behaviour is going to have to continue until I’ve finished my degree and have a real job.
dil·e·tante (dill-uh-tant | dɪlətɑnt) Italian, from Latin noun one who takes up or dabbles in an activity or art solely for amusement There’s always the odd dilettante who shows up for every other lesson and never does any real work.
sat·ur·nine (sat-er-nine | sætərnaɪn) late Middle English, from Medieval Latin adjective reserved, reluctant, sluggish His saturnine disposition makes him a very relaxing pet to keep around.
ad·i·pose (ad-i-pohs | ædɪpoʊs) Latin adjective fatty, consisting of or resembling fat Even the dog wouldn’t try the terrible adipose monstrosity I’d managed to cook up.
sin·u·ous (sin-yoo-us | sɪnyuəs) Latin adjective 1) composed of many curves, twists and turns 2) indirect or devious The prosecution’s bewilderingly sinuous line of questioning eventually lead to the accused accidentally admitting to the murder.
pel·lu·cid (pel-loo-sid | pəlusɪd) Latin adjective transparent or translucent, allowing the passage of light, clear (can be used of writing, an argument etc in this case). The treasure glittered under the pellucid waters. (submitted by Tinypapercat from someone else’s computer, sorry I didn’t queue anything before I left!)
Tumblr, please, don’t mix up my personal and this blog. I’m sure these lovely logophiles don’t want to read me burbling about my food allergies. Sorry all, let me queue up some sexy words for you as penance.
Hello all, hope you’re well. Just a quick note to say my last exam for a while is today so I should be able to queue some more delightful sexy words tonight, but our submissions box is always open and we’d love to hear from you! If you can’t provide everything in the guidelines (like the IPA, I know I find that ridiculously tricky) feel free to just have a stab at it and let us...
o·ti·ose (oh-tee-ose | oʊtioʊs) Latin adjective superfluous, useless or ineffectual Most of his otiose rambling went in one ear and out of the other.
Anonymous asked: What the fuck these aren't real words
red·o·lent (red-uh-lunt | rɛdələnt) Middle English, from Latin adjective 1) pleasantly smelling, or having the pleasant odour of (usually in the phrase “redolent of”) 2) suggestive or reminiscent of Her skin was redolent of the oil paints she’d been toiling over all day.
syn·a·nim (sin-uh-nim | sɪnənɪm) Latin, from Greek noun a word having the same meaning as another the writer cannot spell. It’s a synanym for veleity, or possibly velleity, I can never remember how many ls to put in.
sar·chas·m (sar-kaz-um | sɑrkæzəm) Latin, from Greek noun the yawning void between you and the idiot taking your irony seriously The gaping sarchasm did hinder the conversation a little, but my point got through eventually.
ig·no·ra·nus (ig-nuh-ray-nus | ɪgnəreɪnəs ) Latin noun one who is both ignorant and an arsehole. He kept insisting evolution was made up, what an ignoranus.
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um·brage (um-brij | ʌmbrɪdʒ) Late Middle English, from Old French noun 1) offence, annoyance or displeasure 2) the shade offered by leaves of foliage, having a shady appearance The suggestion that books were a waste of time was met with unbridled umbrage.
heg·e·mon·ic (hej-uh-mon-ik | hɛdʒəmɒnɪk) Greek adjective dominant or influencing over others The domineering, hegemonic attitude did nothing to improve relationships between the two parties.
mer·e·tri·cious (mer-uh-tri-shus | mer-ə-tri-shəs) Latin adjective of or relating to a prostitute, OR something tawdrily and falsely attractive or superficially significant. The forged coins gleamed like gold but were entirely meretricious. Submitted by Coeurdelhistoire
dec·i·mate (dess-uh-mayt | dɛsəˌmeɪt ) Latin verb to destroy or remove ten percent of something. “I intend to decimate my word count today.” Submitted by the-unholy-grail
vel·le·i·ty (vuh-lee-it-tee | vəliɪti) Latin noun 1) Volition in its weakest form 2) a mere wish, unaccompanied by the effort to obtain it Until recently, my desire to submit to this blog was little more than velleity. Submitted by khittyhawk
lo·den (loh-den | loʊdn ) German noun A durable, water-repellent, coarse woolen fabric used chiefly for coats and adjective A deep olive green, sometimes with gray undertones. That dress is not quite green yet not quite gray, so it must be loden. Submitted by eyeslikethenight
cock·a·trice (kok-uh-tris | kɒkətrɪs) Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin noun a legendary monster with a deadly glance, supposedly hatched by a serpent from the egg of a cock, and commonly represented with the head, legs, and wings of a cock and the body and tail of a serpent He gave me a poisonous stare comparable to that of a cockatrice. Submitted by deadstillcurious
vig·il (vij-uhl, vij-ill | vɪdʒəl, vɪdʒɪl) Latin noun wakefulness maintained for any reason during the normal hours for sleeping The son kept vigil at the bedside of his dying mother. Submitted by deadstillcurious
pro·pen·si·ty (pruh-pen-si-tee | prəpɛnsɪti) Latin noun a natural inclination or predisposition toward something, (obsolete) a predisposition or partiality toward something favourable I have a propensity for using sexy words. (see also: proclivity [link to follow]) Submitted by Elisa, via email.
mi·as·ma (my-az-muh, mee-az-muh | maɪæzmə, miæzmə) Greek noun 1) noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere 2) a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere The miasma in the air was indicative of the approaching zombie hoard.
tor·tu·ous (tor·choo·us | tɔrtʃuəs) Middle English, from Latin adjective 1) full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked. 2) not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; intricate; circuitous. 3) deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy; devious. “In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and tortuous streets...
pres·by·o·pi·a (prezz-bee-oh-pee-uh | prɛzbioʊpiə) Latin noun a visual condition which becomes apparent especially in middle age and in which loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye causes defective accommodation and inability to focus sharply for near vision. His presbyopia forces him to hold his books at arm’s length. Submitted by sandcastleprincess
Happy New Year, Logophiles!
So, I need to apologize.
Posting has obviously been slow as balls and alarmingly infrequent lately, which I feel bad about, so I’m sorry. This semester has been brutal. The good news, however, is that finals season is approaching, after which I (should) have time to actually approve your submissions/find sexy ass words we can all ogle over. Thanks again for being awesome, Logophiles. I look forward to eventually...
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ambisinistrous (am-bi-sin-is-truhs | /ˌæmbɪˈsɪnɪstrəs) Adjective clumsy or unskillful with both hands I never could read my ambisinistrous friend’s handwriting, no matter which hand he used. Antonym: ambidextrous Source: Dictionary.com and QI
su·per·cil·i·ous ( soo-per-sill-i-us | supərsɪliəs ) Latin adjective arrogant, disdainful or haughty, cold or patronising He answered my question with nothing more than a supercilious glare.
vo·cif·er·ous ( voh-siff-er-us | voʊsɪfərəs ) Latin adjective noisy or clamourous, excessively vocal, either marked by or given to vehement outcry. The vociferous greetings every time I return are my favourite thing about keeping parrots.
quix·o·tic ( kwiks-o-tick | kwɪksɒtɪk ) from the name “Don Quixote” adjective behaving in a manner reminiscent of Don Quixote, i.e. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic, impulsive, unpredictable or impractical. She is a quixotic mixture of illusion and reality.
a·poc·ry·phal ( uh-poc-ruff-ull | əpɒkrəfəl ) Medieval Latin adjective dubious, of doubtful authenticity All of these claims are wildly apocryphal.
bell·i·ger·ent (bell-i-jer-unt | bɛlɪdʒərənt ) Latin adjective aggressive and hostile, warlike, She’s terribly belligerent if you wake her before six.
ses·quip·e·da·li·an (sess-kwip-e-day-lee-un | sɛskwɪpɛdeɪliən) Latin adjective (of a word) polysyllabic, (of a person) given to using polysyllabic words. Being almost unnaturally sesquipedalian, he is unbeatable at scrabble.
cantabile [kahn-tah-bi-ley, -bee-, kuhn-; It. kahn-tah-bee-le] /kɑnˈtɑbɪˌleɪ, -bi-, kən-; It. kɑnˈtɑbiˌlɛ/ Italian [from Latin] adjective: songlike and flowing in style. Children can turn the most mundane sentences into rather cantabile phrases. OR From gentle, catabile streams to harsh staccato passages, his compositions test the pianist’s skill, and often, the listener’s...
be·spoke [bih-spohk | /bɪˈspoʊk/] British English adjective custom-made, made to order Only on Etsy could I get a bespoke lime-green tuxedo.
covet (cuh-vet | kʌvɛt ) Middle English verb to desire inordinately (sometimes to desire wrongly), to wish for eagerly Every time I eat the perfect pastry, I can’t help but covet the recipe.
rib·ald (rib-ull-d | rɪbəld) Middle English adjective crude, offensive, vulgar or indicent The ribald story, complete with gestures, left the entire office red-faced.
slake (slayk | sleɪk) Middle English verb to quench or satisfy, to make less intense Downing a bottle of maple syrup did nothing to slake my thirst.
bur·geon (burr-jun | bɜrdʒən) Middle English verb to grow rapidly, to proliferate, to flourish He harbours a burgeoning desire to learn Finnish.
e·pit·o·me (eh-pit-uh-me | ɛpɪtəmi) Latin noun the perfect or typical example, the embodiment My cat is the epitome of laziness.
sac·cha·rine (sack-kuh-rin | sækərɪn) (sack-kuh-reen | sækərin) (sack-kuh-rain | sækəraɪn) Latin adjective 1) overly sweet and / or sugary 2) overly sentimental I was overwhelmed by the saccharine cuteness of this show.