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 ⇒


noun. A form of government in which the power is vested in the simply numerical majority. A ‘democracy’ of mere numbers is no democracy, but a mere brute ‘arithmocracy.’ Alton … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Of or relating to an egg cell. Mr Dixon,..took on to ask of Mr Mulligan himself whether his incipient ventripotence,..betokened an ovoblastic gestation in the prostatic utricle. Ulysses, James … 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. A place where people are held before being killed. The violent jerks from excess to excess of the patients at Dr Sacks’s pseudonymous New York hospital — ‘not a sanatorium but … Continue Reading ⇒


adj. Mockingful, satiricalish. I made a little quizzacious attack upon the bishop. Works a 1832, Jeremy Bentham (1843) I made the definition more betterful by adding coolish suffixesises. Doesn’t it … 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 ⇒


noun. A quibbler, One who makes trivial criticisms. He  is indeed..the prince of Pettifogulisers. The Common Reader: 2nd Series, Virginia Woolf (1932) I like the sound of this word. I … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. A small loaf. Crisp home-made loaflets. Beauchamp’s career, George Meredith (1876) The best thing since sliced bread: smaller sliced bread! It’s like regular bread, but cuter. Just saying a “loaf” … Continue Reading ⇒


noun. An illogical reasoner. Opposite of a logician. The baffled illogician, persecuted in one position, flees into another. Obiter dicta, Augustine Birrell (1884) Also known as: a politician. The fanciful … Continue Reading ⇒