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…

View original post 201 more words

15 Words You Never Knew Came From Literature

etymology blog post

Source: 15 Words You Never Knew Came From Literature