Sunday, March 10, 2024

Would YOU want a lazaretto-themed man cave?

 LAZARETTO (n) = an institution (such as a hospital) for those with contagious diseases

"After a week of binge-watching old pirate movies, Tim's imagination sailed away with the idea of converting his basement into a lazaretto-themed man cave. Complete with fake portholes, rum barrels, and a "Quarantine Zone" sign, his friends joked that anyone entering would need more than just a shot of grog to survive the evening unscathed." --Chat GPT

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Do you believe in ECTOPLASM (like Arthur Conan Doyle did)?

ECTOPLASM (n) = a substance that produces spirit materialization and telekinesis. 

"The novel’s ectoplasm hovers between the realms of historical horror and cultural comedy." — Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021

Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies:

Saturday, November 11, 2023

If I draw it, will you give me your ESPHRASIS?

 EKPHRASIS (n) = a written description of or commentary on a visual work of art

"Hongo’s work embodies ekphrasis — his capacious mind roams across art forms." — Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Don't be an OMADHAUN!

OMADHAUN (n) = a fool or nitwit. Irish slang word. 

"Tom behaved like an omadhaun when he tried to fix the broken car engine with a hammer and a screwdriver." --ChatGPT

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Is your doctor's waiting room a place of AETERNITATIS?

AETERNITATIS (n) = eternity or of eternity. 

 "The philosopher contemplated the mysteries of existence with a gaze that seemed to transcend time, as if he were connected to the aeternitatis of the universe." --ChatGPT

Thursday, June 08, 2023

Stand back! He's SIALOQUENT!

SIALOQUENT (adj) = tending to spray saliva while speaking

"The sialoquent professor could not understand why his pupils would not sit in the front row of the lecture hall." --Wiktionary

Friday, April 28, 2023

Do you dream of using ONEIROMANCY?

 Oneiromancy = divination or fortune-telling based on the interpretation of dreams

 "In the popular TV show American Gods, the character of Mr. Wednesday is known to possess the ability of oneiromancy, using dreams to guide his actions and gain an advantage over his enemies." --Chat GPT

All of my dreams are anxiety dreams about being lost or forgetting to go to class and then having to take the final. And my college days were decades ago.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Are you feeling TRUCULENT today?

TRUCULENT (adj) = hostile, aggressive, or defiant; difficult to deal with. "The truculent customer refused to leave the store, despite the manager's repeated requests." --Chat GPT

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Are you omniloquent or do you only talk about sports?

 Omniloquent (adj) = able to talk about any and all subjects

"The keynote speaker was known for his omniloquent speeches that could captivate any audience, regardless of their background or interests." --ChatGPT

Tuesday, February 07, 2023


OUROBORIC (adj) = self-referring. "...a unique ouroboric self-mirroring structure whereby the sky mirrors the earth and vice-versa." --Jadran Mimica, "Explorations in Psychoanalytic Ethnography" (2007)


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Do you jenticulate every morning?

What's "the word I'm thinking of"? Today, it's...

JENTICULATE [jen-TIK-yew-LATI] (verb)

To eat breakfast

"Essentially, Agamemnon gives a long speech commanding the Greeks to jenticulate (which is the posh way of saying eat your breakfast)." --Mark Forsyth, "The Horologicon" (2013)

Sunday, November 06, 2022

A Couple of Haikus

Pooling in heel-prints
I think I am going up

Love is a shadow

Belted by summer
From the bristling foliage
I look through windows