noun. Air travel by hot-air-balloon. A sort of meditation on future airgonation, supposing that it will not only be perfected, but will depose navigation. Letters, Horace Walpole (1784) One who … Continue Reading ⇒


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 … 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. 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 ⇒


adj. Flowery and long-winded. Much circumfloribus stuff was talked of on the Court side. Autobiography, Mary Granville (1739) The OED lists this word in particular as a “humorous nonce-word.” The … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Rich in story. This is..Some lone land of genii days, Storyful and golden! Poems, The Lovely Land, James Clarence Mangan (1846) I’m flabbergasted that this word hasn’t had more of … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. Boxing or fighting. (OED says “Pugilistic Performances.” They they go trying to sound all smart-like.) I soon found my sisters, who were taken into a house during my pugnastics. … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Shiny or Glittery Wood..Smooth, emicatious, free from knot or joint. The Vestriad, Hans Busk (1819) Are you easily distracted by emicatious objects? I sure am. Why, there’s one right over … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Of, pertaining to, or having shapely buttocks. /ˌkæləˈpɪdʒiən/ Callipygæ and women largely composed behinde. Pseudodoxia epidemica, Sir Thomas Brown (1646) Because a shapely posterior deserves a word just as … Continue Reading ⇒


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 ⇒