Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Griseous? Malison? Save a word!

Collins Dictionary is considering dropping some of the less used words in the English language. See if you can use one today!

Astergent - cleansing or scouring
Agrestic - rural, rustic, unpolished, uncouth
Apodeictic - unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration
Caducity - perishableness, senility
Calignosity - dimness, darkness
Compossible - possible in coexistence with something else
Embrangle - confuse or entangle
Exuviate - to shed (a skin or similar outer covering)
Fatidical - prophetic
Fusby - short, stout or squat
Griseous -streaked or mixed with grey
Malison - a curse
Manseutude -gentleness or kindness
Muliebrity - the condition of being a woman
Niddering - cowardly
Nitid -bright, glistening
Olid - foul-smelling
Oppugnant - combative, antagonistic or contrary
Periapt - combative, antagonistic or contrary
Recrement - waste matter, refuse dross
Roborant - tending to fortify or increase strength
Skirr - a whirring or grating sound as made by the wings of birds in flight
Vaticinate - to foretell, prophesy
Vilipend - to treat or regard with contempt

I personally like niddering, griseous, and skirr. Here's a link to the article:


SewMuchDetail said...

Dropping words??? Yikes!! I loved all of these.......Don't do it!

Anonymous said...

I did not know dictonaries actually "dropped" words that are not frequently used. That does not seem right.