slyvermont: (nerd alert)
In looking up the meaning of absquatulate (which means to leave, or desert, or vamoose!), I stumbled across the Weird Words Web site (www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/index.htm). And yes, there are some strange ones here.

And some familiar ones. Like bezoar. Cyborg. Dumbledore. Lycanthropy. Mundungus.

Here are some of my favorites:

OBNUBILATE
To darken, dim, cloud over, or obscure.

MULLIGRUBS
A state of depression or low spirits.

PECKSNIFFIAN
Unctuously hypocritical.

SOCKDOLAGER
A heavy or knock-down blow.
(The particular claim to fame of sockdolager is that it was virtually the last word President Lincoln ever heard. In Tom Taylor's play Our American Cousin, there occurs the line "Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, you sockdologising old man-trap", and as the audience laughed, John Wilkes Booth fired the fatal shot.)

SPIFFLICATE
To treat roughly or severely; destroy.

ANFRACTUOSITY
A channel, crevice or passage full of windings and turnings.

ANTIMACASSAR
A protective or decorative cloth over the back of a chair. (I've heard of this. It comes from Macassar oil, which was sold in the early 1800s as an oil that thickened and improved one's hair. The fashion for oiled hair became so widespread that in desperation housewives began to cover the backs of their chairs and sofas with washable cloths to preserve the fabric coverings from being spoilt. Around 1850, these started to be known as antimacassars.)

BAFFLEGAB
Incomprehensible or pretentious language, especially bureaucratic jargon.

CIRCUMBENDIBUS
A roundabout process or method; a twist, turn; circumlocution.

FUSTILUGS
A grossly fat or slovenly woman.

FUNAMBULIST
A tight-rope walker or rope dancer.

ZENZIZENZIZENZIC
The eighth power of a number.

SKIMMINGTON
A noisy procession intended to bring ridicule on an erring husband or wife.

POPPYSMIC
Produced with smacking of the lips. (a kind of lip-smacking, clucking noise that signified satisfaction and approval, especially during lovemaking. The only writer in English known to have used our word was James Joyce, in a stage direction in Ulysses: "FLORRY WHISPERS TO HER. WHISPERING LOVEWORDS MURMUR, LIPLAPPING LOUDLY, POPPYSMIC PLOPSLOP.")

And it has one of my all time favorites, discombobulate, which means to confuse, upset or disconcert.

And your favorite is??

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