The Joy of Lost Words

Bob’s pomarious experience, his frutescent hair, and his squiriferous demeanor made him a popular oporopolist. The only problem was that he tended to be a philargyrist, and there wasn’t a lot of money to be made in his chosen profession. Even worse, the sevidical tongue of his boss gave him ulcers. Luckily, his prandicles were both cheap and soothing and served to adimpleate him, and his wife’s hints that he get a better job were too veteratiorian to affect his digestion. (He was a bit of a foppotee, you see.) He was unaware of her cibosities and her pamphagous proclivities, and since he had no interest in somandric issues, her gutturniformity never bothered him.

Ah, the joy of lost words!!

If you love words, you will enjoy this site: Save the Words. I found all these wonderful words there.

I wasn’t going to tell you what these archaic words mean, but that wouldn’t be fair, (and how can you help bring these words back into play if you don’t know the definitions?) so here they are, in alphabetical order:

Adimpleate: to fill up
Cibosity: store of food
Foppotee: a simple-minded person
Frutescent: resembling a shrub
Gutturniformity: shaped like a water bottle
Oporopolist: fruit seller
Pamphagous: eating or consuming everything
Philargyrist: someone who loves money
Pomarious: of or belonging to a fruit orchard
Prandicles: small meal
Sevidical: speaking in a harsh or cruel manner
Somandric: relating to the human body
Squiriferous: having the characteristics of a gentleman
Veteratiorian: subtle

5 Responses to “The Joy of Lost Words”

  1. leesis Says:

    Squiriferous…I so love that word! I just told my son I want him to be squiriferous to which he replied “what’s with the retarded word?” sigh 🙂

  2. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    I love to savour the sound of special words when I discover them, but I’m the kind of writer who believes in never using a long word when a short one will do, so I doubt I’d ever use any of these. I did get a good giggle at your paragraph, though. 🙂

  3. joylene Says:

    LOL, not only did I not know one word on your list — I couldn’t pronounce them if my life depended upon it. But it was fun trying.


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