Kirkist

noun. An adherent of the ‘kirk’ or Scottish church. What hath been done by kirkists these last dozen of yeers. The discovery of a most exquisite jewel, Thomas Urquhart (1652) Scottish church? BORING! Here at On Words and Upwards! I strive to boldy go where no nonce-word has gone before… but not to Scotland. I […]

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Jocoseriosity

noun. Being half in jest, half serious. Our own poet has lately characterized himself as a jocoserious genius; and in fact this jocoseriosity seems of much the same quality with the eironeia of the Greek. Browning Society Papers, E. Johnson (1885) Comedians are well known for jocoseriosity: they’ll point out something ridiculous about our lives to […]

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Meatified

adj. Really really fat. So that to a man that is meatefyed in flesh, and whose state (in this world) is desperate, a Sergiant may serue instead of a Deaths head, to put him in minde of his last day. Jests to Make You Merry, Thomas Dekker & George Wilkins (1607) It sounds like something […]

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Hibernophobe

noun. One who is afraid of the Irish. It was long enough to demonstrate even to Protestant Hibernophobes that his system was the right one. Temple Bar Magazine (1889) It looks like hibernophobe means someone who is afraid of hibernating, but that’s absurd. Sleeping is the best thing ever! Hiberno- refers to Ireland; Hibernology is […]

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Impossibilification

noun. Rendering impossible. Sovereigns and their courtiers were flattered by the degradation of nature and the impossibilification of a pretended virtue. Literary Remains, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1818) The addition of glasses in high school let to the impossibilification of me getting a date. But that time has passed. Or has it? I’m running a website […]

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Offivorous

adj. Offal-eating. (One who eat the edible parts which are cut off in preparing the carcass of an animal for food) In a Dog, and other offivorous Quadrupeds, ’tis very large. Physico-theology, William Derham (1713) Someone who only gets the scraps that no one else wants is offivorous. It’s not great to only get scraps. […]

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Forficulate

verb. To have a sensation as if a creepy-crawly was crawly-creepy all over you. There is not a part of me that has not..crept, crawled, and forficulated ever since. The Caxtons, a family picture, Edward Lytton (1849) Ew, bugs. I hate bugs. But I love the word. The word comes from the name of the […]

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Hyperbyssal

adj. Of or belonging to surpassing depth or profundity. Sink down into the Hyperbyssal, Supersensual, Unsearchable, Eternal One. Behmen’s theosophick philosophy unfolded, Edward Taylor (1691) How the heck am I supposed to talk about a word that means “beyond profound”? I’m not profound. I’m not even just plain ol’ found. Confound, maybe. What’s beyond profound? […]

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Exforcipate

verb. To extract with a forceps. Wrapped up in the womb of this or that text of Scripture to be exforcipated by the logico-obstetric skill of High Church doctors. Literary remains, Samuel T. Coleridge (1838) The example above uses the word in a figurative sense, just as most other users of this word should do… […]

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Quomodocunquizing

adj. That makes money in any possible way. Those quomodocunquizing clusterfists and rapacious varlets. The discovery of a most exquisite jewel, Sir Thomas Urquhart (1652) There’s a ten dollar word, if ever I heard one. Take the next minute or two to practice pronouncing quomodocunquizing. Good. Now that you’ve mastered that you’ve taken the next step necessary […]

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