“The English language has more words in its lexicon than any other,” says Jerry Herron, dean of WSU‘s Irvin D. Reid Honors College and a member of the website’s editorial board. “By making use of the repertoire available to us, we expand our ability to communicate clearly and help make our world a more interesting place. Bringing these words back into everyday conversation is just another way of broadening our horizons.”
- To discreetly leave a gathering or party without informing the host.
- At the party, I made such a fool of myself that I felt it was best to absquatulate after a half hour.
- Something that settles a matter; a decisive blow or answer.
- On the playground, “I know you are, but what am I” is the ultimate sockdolager to many an argument.
- Mental dullness or lethargy.
- Free-roaming domestic cats compensate for their depredations on wildlife –and the intellectual hebetude of their owners– by dying much sooner than indoor cats.
- A sudden, uncontrollable outburst.
- Leonard was surprised, to say the least, when his pledge of love sent Emily into paroxysms of laughter.
- A state of extreme anxiety, nervousness or distress; the willies to the max.
- Jeremy’s love for islands was tempered by the fact that driving over high bridges always gave him the raging fantods.
- Taste (something) carefully, so as to appreciate it fully.
- He savored the meal, pausing to degust every morsel.
Desuetude – (Des’ wi tyood).
- Obsolescence; a state of disuse.
- Knowing the regrettable desuetude of manners today, I wasn’t surprised that no one thanked me for their gifts.
- A roguish or mischievous act.
- His presidency was founded on malice, lies and knavery.
- Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic.
- The torpid teen sat on the couch shoveling chips into his mouth, his eyes never breaking from Cartoon Network.
- Spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.
- When she broke up with him, he fell into a state of acedia and didn’t leave the apartment for two months.
- Thin, supple and graceful.
- She was enraptured with ballet from the moment she saw the lissome dancers glide across the stage.
For more underused words, visit the word warriors site.