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National Dictionary Day - Oct. 16

October 16 is . . . . Dictionary Day


October 16 is National Dictionary Day. With the invention of new technology where we can keep a pocket dictionary with us at all times on our phones or other electronic devices, it’s not often that we need to flip through the pages of an old ODE. Now we just search the word we need, and as a result we are less likely to stumble on new words. This was one of my favorite things as a kid—in fact, I once tried to read the dictionary. I failed, of course, but I did read all of the words under the letter “A” and got about halfway through “B” before I replaced that bedtime reading with a real novel. 

A professor of mine once told me you can tell if a good dictionary by whether or not it includes the word “pavonine”—meaning “of or like a peacock.” To celebrate the day, here’s some words you will almost certainly never need to use but that are interesting anyway. We have an assortment of fun word games at Puzzle Warehouse that these new words might help you out with, or maybe you’ll use them to decide whether its inclusion in a dictionary makes that dictionary up to par! AVUNCULAR - Of or pertaining to an uncle; also, uncle-like BIBLIOBIBULI - Those who read too much CALLIPYGIAN - Having well-shaped buttocks DISCARNATE - Of a person or being not having a physical body ERINACEOUS - Like a hedgehog FOLIE Á DEUX - Delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association GARGALESTHESIA - The sensation caused by tickling HALLUX - A person’s big toe INTERFENESTRATION - The space between two windows JUNOESQUE - (Of a woman) Impossibly tall and shapely KVETCH - A person who complains a great deal LETHOLOGICA - The inability to recall a precise word for something MISODOCTAKLEIDIST - Someone who hates practicing the piano NUDIUSERTIAN - Pertaining to the day before yesterday OCULOPLANIA - Letting one’s eyes wander while assessing someone’s charms POGONOTOMY - The act of cutting a beard QUALTAGH - The first person you see after leaving your house REHOBOAM - A wine bottle of about six times the standard size SEPTUAGENARIAN - A person who is from 70 to 79 years old TRICOTEUSE - A woman who sits and knits, used especially in reference to the number of women who did this while attending public executions during the French Revolution UXORIOUS - Having or showing an excessive fondness for one’s wife VIGESIMATION - The act of killing every twentieth person WYVERB - A winged two-legged dragon with a barbed tail XENOPHILE - An individual who is attracted to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures YUPPIFY - Make more affluent and upmarket in keeping with the taste and lifestyle of yuppies ZUGZWANG - (In chess) A situation in which the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a series, often decisive, disadvantage

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