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Wall of Words

We love words.  All kinds of words.

Here we'd like to celebrate some of the most obscure ones and if you've any suggestions for "Word of the Month" we'd love to hear them. Click on the link below to submit your word...

March's Word of the Month:
limn

\'lim

verb

...to depict or describe in painting or words...not to be confused with limb of course...although I could limn a giraffe's limb as elongated..

April's Word of the Month:
brobdingnagian

/ˌbrɒbdɪŋˈnaɡɪən/

adjective

...huge; gigantic...will be familiar to fans of Gulliver's Travels..."of Brobdingnagian proportions".  If you've ever read Ken Follet's Epic Trilogy you'll know what we're talking about...

February's Word of the Month:
angsticipation

angst·iss·i·pay·shun

noun

...here we have the feeling experienced when you finish the latest book in a series, it ends on a serious cliffhanger, and there isn’t even an estimated publication date for the next book in the series yet... See what they did there?  Is the world running out of words? Say it isn't so...

sku-ree-fun-j

verb

...the act of hastily cleaning before a guest arrives... Down with that sort of thing!  There'll be none of that today of all days...too many books to read...

January's Word of the Month:
scurryfunge

e·lu·cu·bra·tion

noun

the act of reading at night by lamp, candle or maybe even Christmas Tree-light.  It does not get more Festive than that my friends...

December's Word of the Month:
elucubration
November's Word of the Month:
bibliosmia

bib-lee-oz-mee-ah

noun

the smell or aroma of a good book (OK, possibly urban slang but "book-smell" doesn't quite cut it...). Idea for a new Christmas fragrance: Eau de Bibliosmia.

October's Word of the Month:
loganamnosis

logan·am·no·sis

noun

an obsession with recalling a specific word that has been forgotten...you know, when you get a touch of the whatchamacallits and can't rest until you find the thingy...and have to run down the alphabet 'till you get the right starting letter or search for a dictionary at midnight...that's not just me is it?

September's Word of the Month:
polysyndeton

poly·syn·de·ton

noun

a stylistic device in which several coordinating conjunctions are used in succession in order to achieve an artistic effect. For example you see it in songs and poems and stories and literature and...ah you get the picture...

August's Word of the Month:
monepic

mon·ep·ic

adjective 

consisting of one word or of sentences of one word. Really? Impressive. No?

July's Word of the Month:
neologise

nee-ol-uh-jahyz

verb 

to make or use new words or create new meanings for existing words.  Of course we could just be making this up...

June's Word of the Month:
onomatomania

ŏn'ə-māt'ə-mā'nē-ə

noun

an abnormal concentration on certain words and their supposed significance 

or on the effort to recall a particular word....we love this word...can't stop thinking about it...

March's Word of the Month:
sesquipedalian

 \ ˌse-skwə-pə-ˈdāl-yən \

adjective

given to or characterised by the use of long words - you could say...the word sesquipedalian defines itself by the amount of syllables it possesses.  Yes, it's a bit of a show-off...

February's Word of the Month:
biblioklept

\ ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌklept

noun

Following on last month's theme and possibly the reason behind any self-respecting Bibliotaph's quite understandable obsession... A Biblioklept is one who steals books. Again, no need for an "e.g." here...we all know someone who fits this description...

January's Word of the Month:
bibliotaph

\ ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌtaf , -lē-ō- \

noun

...one that hides away or hoards books. No need for an "e.g." here...let's just all embrace our inner Bibliotaph

/ahy-dee-eyt/

verb

quite simply...Form an idea of; imagine or conceive e.g. "Whilst sitting in a work meeting, I began to ideate how to spend the winnings of my lottery ticket.'

November's Word of the Month:
ideate
December's Word of the Month:
curmudgeon

/kərmujˈən/

noun

a surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered person e.g. "He was a curmudgeon because all the chocolates had been eaten.'

September's Word of the Month:
zeugma

/'zju:gmə/

noun

a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses e.g. when first they met at Books@One, she stole his heart and his favourite book.

October's Word of the Month:
epeolatry

/ep-i-OL-uh-tree/

noun

quite simply...the worship of words e.g. "I read my dictionary for a few more minutes, until tiredness eventually brought my epeolatry to an end for the day."
Roger Day; Anurada Negotiates Our Wobbly Planet.

/ay-IP-ah-thee/

noun

a 19th century word meaning, continued passion; an unyielding disease

e.g. our aeipathy for books and reading borders on the pathological....

August's Word of the Month:
aeipathy

/'tmi:sis/

noun

the separation of parts of a compound word by an intervening word or words, used mainly in informal speech for emphasis

e.g. we abso-flipping-lutely love this word...

July's Word of the Month:
tmesis