The English language has so many words that most of us never use. It seems like such a waste. The following is a list of some of the words I wish I could find a use for in my own stories because they sound fun or different. Alas, even if I could find a place for them, no one would understand what the heck I was talking about. Or maybe that’s just me…
(Please excuse my improper use of the bullet.)
oriflamme – Sounds like something that would set your mouth on fire. Like habañero peppers.
- poetic/literary (in historical use) a scarlet banner or knight’s standard. a principle or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle.
carboy – Not your personal detailer, or your chauffeur.
- a large globular plastic bottle with a narrow neck, typically protected by a frame and used for holding acids or other corrosive liquids.
hadeharia – Not related to the HKs at the airport.
- constant use of the word “hell”
reremouse – Makes me think of weremouse, which would be a completely different animal.
- (arch version) bat
[yes, the flying thing with sonar that pollenates our fruit trees]
emolument – Sounds like something you’d find in your lotion bottle.
- payment received for work; wages or salary
[gives new meaning to greasing the skids…]
What are some of your favorite rarely-used words?
Definitions taken from the Mac dictionary, The Phrontistery, and the New World Dictionary (2nd College Edition, 1980).
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