New Word #38: Recently Learned


shiv: a knife or razor used as a weapon.
kryptonite: an alien mineral that has the property of depriving Superman of his powers. (It’s only used in fantasy novels or movies.)
These are from Princess & Pages’ posts here and here

zany: amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic.
harping: talk or write persistently and tediously on (a particular topic).
quibble: a slight objection or criticism about a trivial matter.
These are from Bonnywood’s posts here and here.

hirsutism: abnormal growth of hair on a person’s face and body, especially on a woman.
This is from Terveen’s post here.

quadrant: each of four quarters of a circle.
ophthalmologist: a specialist in the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye.
These are from Geoff’s post here and here.

adulate: praise (someone) excessively or obsequiously.
This is from Pooja’s post here.

aphantasia: the inability to form mental images of objects that are not present.
This is from aphantastic writer’s post here.

toucan: a tropical American fruit-eating bird with a massive bill and typically brightly colored plumage.
This is from Colinmcqueen’s post here.

turpitude: depravity; wickedness.
This is from Joseph’s post here.

supine: (of a person) lying face upward; failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence.
The word for lying with face downward is “prone” or “prostrate”.
This is from d.a.simpsonwriter’s post here.

necropolis: a cemetery, especially a large one belonging to an ancient city.
This is from Nathan’s post here.

calliope: a keyboard instrument resembling an organ but with the notes produced by steam whistles, used chiefly on showboats and in traveling fairs. I’ve never seen this instrument, but from the google image, it looks very weird and interesting.
This is from Brad’s post here.

26 thoughts on “New Word #38: Recently Learned

  1. I also read Terveen’s post and had to look up the definition for hirsutism! Thanks for sharing, this was a really cool and interesting idea for a post 😊 Aphantasia was one that was new to me here so I ended up learning something new.

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  2. Thank you once again for the mention. I will do my best to continue tossing out interesting words for you to contemplate and peruse. I would do that anyway, but it’s nice to know that someone appreciates them… πŸ˜‰

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    1. NO. My memory is no good. I can’t even remember half of them. LOL. However over time, I definitely feel that even if I can’t remember much, my vocabulary grows. What a surprise. English is such a torture to people like me who doesn’t have a good memory.

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