Words I have learned
When I was in high school and even more insufferable than I am now, a friend and I started a tumblr called “sun words”. The concept of this was to collect words that we discovered that were particularly succulent or mellifluous. 1
I have found myself learning more and more words recently. This is fun and good: I was worried for a while that my days of adapting and playing with the English language were largely behind me. I thought it would be interesting and illustrative to collect a list of the words I’ve learned recently alongside the sources from which I’ve gleaned them.
When I first started building this catalog, I expected the plurality to be from the NYT crossword 2, and the data appears to bear that out:
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|Books I’ve read||25|
the reversion of property to the state on the owner’s dying without legal heirs
an entertaining and rousing speech
the process of exact thinking
swimming or afloat
a state or condition of sluggishness, inactivity, or torpor exhibited by reptiles
report or represent in outline
a feeling of offense or deep resentment
related to the north; northern
denoting an animal with gray/silvery hair
the making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander.
a miniscule or slight vibration
to bungle (ie a task)
relating to hairdressing
an inquisitive and gossipy person
feel happy and proud
be able to connect, communicate, or exchange data
an assembly of all the members of a group or committee
boastful or inflated talk or behavior.
aiming at peace
to discharge, as from the body; void (opposed to ingest)
feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.
a newborn child
an arrangement of five objects with four at the corners of a square or rectangle and the fifth at its center
the retention of juvenile features in the adult animal
new or modern; recent
a procedure for restoring normal heart rhythm
hard to interpret; enigmatic
strike and rebound
exerting a detrimental effect on later generations through the inheritance of undesirable characteristics
rich with, covered in, or heavily producing oil or grease
root out and destroy completely
the hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep, and other animals, used to make foods including puddings, pastry, and mincemeat
the entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food.
a single cell or cytoplasmic mass containing several nuclei, formed by fusion of cells or by division of nuclei
leading to salvation
a book containing the texts used in the Catholic Mass throughout the year
an irresolvable internal contradiction or logical disjunction in a text, argument, or theory
(relating to a woman’s appearance) dirty and untidy
a person who enjoys watching activity on the canals of the United Kingdom
the doctrine of salvation
a difficult choice from three options, each of which is (or appears) unacceptable or unfavourable
relating to nourishment or sustenance.
a non-technical edema
a low dam built across a river to raise the water level upstream
naturally accompanying or associated
a person who appears to enjoy being depressed, esp a performer of or listener to gloomy music
economic independence or self-sufficiency
turn or slide violently or uncontrollably in a particular direction.
potentially marketable as a toy or having merchandising potential
having a strong urge to write
a species of large antelopes
a small enclosure or booth in a theatre or arena
to laugh loudly or immoderately
the last six lines of a sonnet
seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations.
invent excuses to avoid a task; shirk.
a carved tablet or drawing representing a scroll with rolled-up ends
kettledrums, especially when played by one musician in an orchestra
a type of raccoon with a long snout and a striped tail
know-it-all, wiseguy, wiseacre, smart aleck
a miscellaneous collection of things
a place for studying
carried reference book
short, witty aphorism
strange; unfamiliar; marvelous
a ski run of compacted snow.
native to the place where found (ant. allochthonous)
a floating piece of ice detached from an iceberg.