Weird Words

I feel like the Golden Dustman of "Our Mutual Friend", sifting through the jumbled detritus of the dictionary, with an eye for the oddly shaped, shiny item. In my haphazard searches, I have stumbled across a few remarkable words and phrases. Sometimes the simple fact that there is a word for something is surprising; or the word may suggest that it has a certain meaning while meaning something entirely different; in other cases, the etymology of the word is amusing.

Last modified on 27 October 2020.