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William T said:
Another fun Mencken word, "bibliobibuli".

(from wiktionary)

Etymology
The term was coined in 1957 by H.L. Mencken, who said "There are people who read too much: the bibliobibuli". From the Greek "biblio", meaning books, and the Latin "bibulous", from "bibere" (to drink).

"There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing".

Noun
bibliobibuli pl ‎(plural only)

The sort of people who read too much.
Love the quote. Not a fan of Mencken, but I like this one.

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nemophilist

(noun) A haunter of the woods.
 

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komorebi

Sunlight filtering through the trees.

 

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amphigory

a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody
 

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splendiferous

splendid; magnificent; fine
 

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Persnickety

Giving a lot of attention to details that are minor or not important.

The term, originally used to describe OO vs  EO discussions around the mid-5th century AD, was brought to Britain from Egypt by Richard of Cornwall around the mid-13th century  without the "s". Persnickety Americans returned the "s" to its rightful place in the mid-19th century.


 

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swag
verb. "to move heavily or unsteadily," 1520s, probably from Old Norse sveggja "to swing, sway," cognate with Old English swingan "to swing" (see swing ). Related: Swagged ; swagging.
noun. "ornamental festoon," 1794

a suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the like, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle; festoon; a wreath, spray, or cluster of foliage, flowers, or fruit; a festoon, especially one very heavy toward the center

Slang: plunder; booty; money; valuables; free merchandise distributed as part of the promotion of a product, company, etc; self-confidence and personal style as shown by one's appearance and demeanor


 

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phenomenalize

to regard or interpret as a phenomenon
 

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Allah:  Arabic for the God of Abraham
 

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gyre

a ring or circle; a circular course or motion
 

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compulsive user of of the social media platform twitter; also known as a tweeter or a twit
 

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factitious

not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived; manufactured; sham
 

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Spaewoman: A prophetess or female fortune teller. From Gaelic.
 

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phantosmia

Phantosmia (phantom smell), also called an olfactory hallucination, is smelling an odor that is not actually there. It can occur in one nostril or both. Unpleasant phantosmia, cacosmia, is more common and is often described as smelling something that is burned, foul, spoiled, or rotten. Experiencing occasional phantom smells is normal and usually goes away on its own in time. When hallucinations of this type do not seem to go away or when they keep coming back, it can be very upsetting and can disrupt an individual's quality of life.

Olfactory hallucinations can be caused by common medical conditions such as nasal infections, nasal polyps, or dental problems. It can result from neurological conditions such as migraines, head injuries, strokes, Parkinson's disease, seizures, or brain tumors. It can also be a symptom of certain mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, intoxication or withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, or psychotic disorders. Environmental exposures are sometimes the cause as well, such as smoking, exposure to certain types of chemicals (e.g., insecticides or solvents), or radiation treatment for head or neck cancer.

(wiki)
 

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dotty

1. crazy or eccentric.

2. feeble or unsteady in gait.

3. very enthusiastic or infatuated (usually followed by about or over).

Origin of dotty: 1805-1815, perhaps variant of dotard + -y

(source and inspiration: dictionary.com + idubbbztv)
 

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Nireland

Introduced this day by the  Associated Press.

Definition: Northern Ireland.

 

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desuetude

the state of being no longer used or practiced
 

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sub-STAN-tive
or
SUB-sten-tive
?
 

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Pronoia:
From wikipedia: "Pronoia can be defined as the opposite of paranoia. A person suffering from paranoia suspects that persons or entities (e.g. governments/deities) conspire against them. A person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good."

I'm curious how it would be used as an adjective. It's tasteless. Who wouldn't be pronoid? "Did you see the sunrise? It made me so pronoid, I didn't know what to do!"
 

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mcarmichael said:
Pronoia:
From wikipedia: "Pronoia can be defined as the opposite of paranoia. A person suffering from paranoia suspects that persons or entities (e.g. governments/deities) conspire against them. A person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good."

I'm curious how it would be used as an adjective. It's tasteless. Who wouldn't be pronoid? "Did you see the sunrise? It made me so pronoid, I didn't know what to do!"
I am really pronoid about what Bob, Ted, Carol and Alice will be getting me for my birthday this year Ann. I am almost certain it will be a box of Nicorette gum, one year membership to a gym, a box set of non-alcoholic wines, and a gift certificate to a brothel in Nevada.
 

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propinquity

the state of being close to someone or something; proximity
 

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torse
noun
Heraldry

    A wreath.

Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete French, from Latin torta, feminine past participle of torquere ‘twist’.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/torse
 

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Despite all the warnings you’ve heard
Irregardless is really a word
This linguistic bacteria
Meets our criteria
Even though you might think it absurd

We Made You a Bunch of Usage Limericks

I, for one, am glad someone is standing up for this word. (Not that I would use it in any place important, especially if the grammar gestapo are patrolling.)
 

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obfuscate

1. a: to throw into shadow
    b: to make obscure

2. confuse

3. to be evasive, unclear, or confusing
 

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Punc·til·i·ous

adjective
showing great attention to detail or correct behavior.
"he was punctilious in providing every amenity for his guests"
 

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unputdownable

As used in a sentence (from a novel blurb): "An unputdownable novel about the Empress Theodora, considered by many the most influential and powerful woman in the history of the Byzantine Empire."
 

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gobsmacked

when someone, while in the process of eating a gob, is struck with an open fist (usually to the head)
 

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eunuchry

the state of being a eunuch
 

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squiz

to peer at quickly and closely.
 

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Asteriktos said:
gobsmacked

when someone, while in the process of eating a gob, is struck with an open fist (usually to the head)
What if it is gorn on the gob?
 

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mcarmichael said:
Pronoia:
From wikipedia: "Pronoia can be defined as the opposite of paranoia. A person suffering from paranoia suspects that persons or entities (e.g. governments/deities) conspire against them. A person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good."

I'm curious how it would be used as an adjective. It's tasteless. Who wouldn't be pronoid? "Did you see the sunrise? It made me so pronoid, I didn't know what to do!"
Pronoid. A song that we would have gotten had Bobby McFerrin been in Black Sabbath.
 

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Brilko said:
mcarmichael said:
Pronoia:
From wikipedia: "Pronoia can be defined as the opposite of paranoia. A person suffering from paranoia suspects that persons or entities (e.g. governments/deities) conspire against them. A person experiencing pronoia feels that the world around them conspires to do them good."

I'm curious how it would be used as an adjective. It's tasteless. Who wouldn't be pronoid? "Did you see the sunrise? It made me so pronoid, I didn't know what to do!"
Pronoid. A song that we would have gotten had Bobby McFerrin been in Black Sabbath.
Ha, nice!
 

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corrupt behavior in a position of trust, especially in public office
 
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