adj. Producing cold. Data for determining the frigorific effect of the ice on the temperature of the Pole. An account of the artic regions, William Scoresby (1820) It’s summer right … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. A braggart, bully. …that rogue, that foist, that fencing Burgullian? – Every Man In His Humor, Ben Jonson (1598) This word has a great sound to it. If you … Continue Reading ⇒


verb. To make like a dunghill. These dreery, direfull dayes condunghill’d and uglified me into a darke dense lumpe. Discollimunium, B. (1650) When I first saw the definition I thought, … Continue Reading ⇒


Verb. To annoy, irrititate. There’s nothing niggles me more than cutting myself shaving. – A Kind of Loving, Stan Barstow (1960) The word has had many different meanings over the … Continue Reading ⇒


Adj. Comprised of both good and evil. There may be an opposite fault; for indeed upon the agathokakological globe there are opposite qualities always to be found in parallel degrees, … Continue Reading ⇒


verb. To be extremely hot (weather) It vesuviates. This sudden heat in the atmosphere has something to do with the eruption of the mountain which killed Pliny the Elder. The … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Apricot-colored. The abricotine building stood out like a tree among elephants. – This Blog, Me (2009) I’m allowed to make up citations, right? Okay fine. It’s a nonce-word so … Continue Reading ⇒


verb. To hit, strike, beat. Nine or ten times I had thought t’ have yerked him here under the ribs. – Iago, Othello (I.ii.5) – William Shakespeare Many references of … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. Female babbler. O you cockatrices and you bablatrices, that in the woods dwell: You briers and brambles, you cook’s shops and shambles, come howl and yell. – Locrine (1595) The … Continue Reading ⇒


Noun. An obstreperous mouth. Hark! Shut your obstropolos. – Ulysses, James Joyce (1922)  Leave it to the OED to give you a definition that you probably need to look up. Obstreperous: adj. … Continue Reading ⇒