Brilliant Words You Didn’t Know You Needed

Here are some more fun words originally posted by Nicholas Rossis.

I also enjoy the site Verbotomy, on which players are challenged to create new words for a given definition. The best neologism is determined by vote. Today’s challenge, for example, is to create a word for the following definition:

n. A punishment which does not fit the crime. v. To assign a punishment which is bizarrely inappropriate, and seems totally unrelated to the crime which has been committed. (Each day’s challenge can be found on Verbotomy’s daily challenge page.)

I’d love to see any suggestions for this definition in the comments below.

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Photo: Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed / / Via

Continuing on the subject of words, you may have heard me say now and again how I marvel at the beauty and flexibility of the English language.

So why aren’t these beauties found on BuzzFeed part of our everyday conversations already?

(n) Someone who repeatedly makes mistakes, or is always wrong

(n) A condition where a passenger falls asleep as soon as the car starts moving

(n) The anticipation felt when waiting for a response to a text

(n) The feeling of euphoria experienced when climbing into bed at the end of a very long day

(n) A completely worthless conversation

(n) When by the time you have reached your destination, you have forgotten why you were going there in the first place

(n) An individual so caught up on their cell phone that…

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13 thoughts on “Brilliant Words You Didn’t Know You Needed

  1. My invented term: maladaequojudicate

    Pronunciation: n. mal'-ə-də'-quo-joo– də-kət’; v. ma’l-ə-də’-quo-joo-də-kate’

    mal: from French mal, from Latin male, meaning “badly.”
    adaequo: from Latin adaequo, meaning “equalize; equal to the”
    judicate: from Medieval Latin judicatura, meaning “to judge”; (judic-)+(-ate), a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin.

    1. n., The O.J. Simpson trial was farcical, resulting as it did in an obvious maladaequojudicate.
    2. v., The teacher maladaequojudicated the student for eating in class with three years in an oubliette.

    Give it a try! You know you want to.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

      As for the challenge, as a Greek I’ll go for something with Greek origins:


      hyper: from Greek, meaning “great/greater than”.
      vasano: in modern Greek, it means “trouble”. In ancient Greek, though, it meant “punishment”.

      To use it in sentences:

      1. n., Zola pointed out the farcical nature of the Dreyfus trial and the terrible hypervasano.
      2. v., The captain hypervasanoed the passenger for whistling at sea by throwing them overboard.

      You are right, this is fun 😀

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    1. True! It’s a Greek word, too. Draco was the 5th century BC Athenian judge who made a series of crimes punishable by death. These included speaking in favor of war, as Athens had suffered from a string of demagogues who had almost ruined the city by constant warfare.

      Thank goodness we’re over all that now :b

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