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Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives – Oh My!

The English language is replete with enticing words to satisfy our inner linguist through their delightful interplay of sound and meaning. I recently stumbled on some words that are the literary interpretation to life’s most awe-inspiring (and peculiar) phenomena. Although words may never phonetically encapsulate an experience, they certainly are pleasing to the eyes and ears, all the same. Here are a few favourites to help elevate your daily vocab. Although, it may admittedly be difficult to find a context appropriate for the term “defenestration”.

Chrysalism

Opia (n)The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable

Sonder (n)The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own

Aurora (n) – Dawn

Frisson

Petrichor (n)The pleasant, earthy smell after rain

Supine (adj) – Lying face upwards

Defenestration (n)The act of throwing someone out of a window

Denouement

Duende (n)The power to attract through personal magnetism and charm

Limerence (n)The state of being infatuated with another person

Mellifluous (adj)Sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding

Vellichor

Bombinate (v)To make a humming or buzzing noise

Sonorous (adj)An impossibly deep and full sound 

Syzygy (n)An alignment of celestial bodies

Somnambulist

 

 

 

 

7 Comments

  1. I love thinking about where words came from. Like that “defenestration” must have the same root as finestra–window in Italian. So, from the Latin, I guess. Lists like these always make me wish I’d taken Latin in high school!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your learning of our beautiful, if sometimes confoundingly bewildering composite language! 😉

    Isn’t mellifluous a beautiful word? 🙂

    P.S. The word vellichor did not exist before 2013 when John Koening invented it as part of his website: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

    love

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