Sunday, March 31, 2013

Notebook: Cultivating the richness of words

Keep alert for dense, rich words, and don't hesitate to fling them around. How about 'fox,' 'dirt,' 'leather,' 'squirt,' 'chafe,' 'warp,' 'vortex,' and 'crinkle'...'crispest endive sprayings'.
- from Keeping a Nature Journal

  • Quiddity (essence of a thing; evasion of argument by raising irrelevant pts/distinctions)
  • Sunshine house (house the length of house so it always has sunshine), Perduring (last permanently; endure)
  • Epiphenomena (secondary phenomenon that occurs alongside or in parallel to a primary phenomenon)
  • Epicene (of/pertaining to both sexes)
  • Phatic (performs a social task, as opposed to conveying info)
  • Kalpak (hat)
  • Senescence (aging),
  • Oneiric: Of, relating to, or suggestive of dreams. [Greek oneiros, dream + -ic.] oneiric [əʊˈnaɪərɪk]. adj. of or relating to dreams
  • Caravansaries
  • Medew netcher: sacred word (hieroglyphs were called this in Ancient Egypt)
  • Phoenicopteros: feathers of fire; flamingo in Greek
  • faire du lèche-vitrine - to go window shopping

  • Nature: serac (ice in a glacier)
  • Quahag (hard clam; from Narragansett for "poquahock")

  • Fugitive pigments
  • Craquelure
  • Blooms
  • Scrapes
  • Abrasions
  • Inpainting
  • Ekphrasis (poetry inspired by object of art)

1 comment:

  1. Other interesting words:

    podagra (gout of the large toe)
    scrofula (tuberculosis of the lymph nodes in the neck)
    myiasis-fly larvae infection of a wound
    synesthesia--the ability to hear and/or taste colors