noun. The condition of having short legs. … a distressing pathological condition in which the thighs are suppressed and the buttocks spring directly from behind the knees, aptly described in … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Risqué, indecent; also bizarre, unusual. I can no longer endure this ostrobogulatory behaviour. Ostrobogulous Pigs, A. Graves (1952) Ostrobogulatory is derived from ostrobogulous, a word attributed to Victor Benjamin … Continue Reading ⇒


verb. Flabbergast, or perhaps Verklempt. I lay like a log, Quite flabber-de-gasky’d, as sick as a dog! New Monthly Magazine (1822) No, the OED didn’t use Verklempt in their definition. … Continue Reading ⇒


verb. To live in a remote, rural, or provincial place. Bankrupt scholars, whose parents had been mofussilising in an inordinate degree. Qualk The Circumnavigator, George Augustus Sala (1863) Here’s a word … Continue Reading ⇒


verb. To puff up, to swell. The inflamed gout of polemical controversy..had gumfiated every mental joint and member of that zealous prop of the Relief Kirk. The Ayrshire legatees, John … Continue Reading ⇒


verb.  To take part in a boozing party, to booze. Never boozify a second time with the man whom you have seen misbehave himself in his cups. Blackwood’s Magazine (1824) … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. Mopping Here a large puff and blow, and a swabification of the white handkerchief, while the congregation blow a flourish of trumpets. Tom Cringle’s log, Michael Scott (1833) My … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. The state of having an ache. O, the Pope could dispense with his Cardinalate, and his achage, and his breakage. Queen Mary, Lord Alfred Tennyson (1878) My stomache, dude, … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. One who has scientific knowledge of lice. Mineralogists, astronomers, ornithologists, and lousologists. A memoir by Lady Holland, Sydney Smith (1835) Of all the disrespected professions, lousologists are at the top … Continue Reading ⇒


verb. To hit or smash with a fist. For though your beard do stand so fine mustated, Perhaps your nose may be transfisticated. The letting of humours blood in the … Continue Reading ⇒