Word Nerd: Nouns of Distinction
As I remind my students, a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. Here is a list of distinctive nouns.
haphephobia: an extreme fear or dislike of touching or being touched.
skerrick: a small piece or quantity; a bit.
tohubohu: chaos; disorder; confusion.
hugger-mugger: secrecy; reticence.
chiaroscuro: the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.
manavelins: miscellaneous scraps or small items, especially of food or gear.
exonumia: items, as tokens or medals, that resemble money but are not intended to circulate as money.
sumpsimus: adherence to or persistence in using a strictly correct term, holding to a precise practice, etc., as a rejection of an erroneous but more common form.
hydra: a persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved.
propinquity: nearness in place; proximity.
vibrissa: one of the stiff, bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as a whisker of a cat.
concatenation: a series of interconnected or interdependent things or events.
foible: a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect.
darg: a day’s work. Interesting that darg and darg share the same letters.
lustrum: a period of five years.
I need to find a way to wendle my appreciation for these fantabulous nouns in my sentences. It might become a foible in my darg to do so, give or take a lustrum.
And the bonus noun:
Great words! Foible was familiar to me. Lustrum sounds like it should be something attractive:)
Yes, I think that’s what it was reminding me of. I see that “demi-decade” can also be used for 5 years.
I love these! I should take time to read my OED just for fun.
I subscribe to a word a day and have such fun learning new words. Just wish I could remember them😉
I don’t think there exists a word more fun to say than “tohubohu”.
This is the secret greeting among capybaras at convention.
I’ve only heard chiaroscuro in real life, and only if you count art class as real life.
I just read it in a book! It actually exists😳