Brontide

brontide |ˈbrɑnˌtaɪd| noun • English a sound like that of distant thunder. Say what you will about English, but it can be used effectively if the person using it knows what they're doing. In terms of sheer vocabulary, English is simply a brute, having the largest number of distinct words of any language whose words …

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Nesh

nesh |nɛʃ| adjective • British English unusually susceptible to cold weather. I don't know about anyone else, but for me being cold is just a fact of life. I'm partly convinced that I may be the first cold-blooded human ever to be born. A breeze on an otherwise warm day is enough to make me …

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Antejentacular

antejentacular |ˌæntəʤenˈtækjulər| adjective • English occurring before breakfast. When I came across this word I immediately thought of the White Queen's famous quote in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass: "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." I'm sure many of us aspire to that level of productivity. Getting anything meaningful …

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Decemnovenarian

decemnovenarian |dɪːˌsemnoʊvənˈerɪːən| noun • English a person of the 19th century. Confession time: I'm a bit of a sucker for 19th-century stuff. I'm especially fond of Victorian and Victorian Gothic things in particular. It was an interesting period of time, steeped in its own brand of melodrama characterized by elegant fashion, not-so-elegant living conditions, and …

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