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: