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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”.


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


Petrichor (n)The pleasant, earthy smell after rain

Supine (adj) – Lying face upwards

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


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


Bombinate (v)To make a humming or buzzing noise

Sonorous (adj)An impossibly deep and full sound 

Syzygy (n)An alignment of celestial bodies







  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.


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