Books, Writing

Scar’s Pet Words

I read a lot. I also make a lot of notes about the books I read. Some of these turn into reviews on here; others just languish in my notebooks for years. Some are especially meaty quotes or things I want to think about later.

Some are just beautiful words.

This is a post that’s going to be updated over and over again, I’m sure. At the moment my Beautiful Words I’ve Found In Books list goes something like this.

acclivity
aequoreal
algorithmism
amoebaean
anathema
apocope
apocrypha
apothegm
apophthegmata
aruspicina
asketerion
aubade
augury
autochthonous
beldame
betwixt
caesura
carapace
chasaph
clisthert
contiguous
contrariwise
contumacious
coracle
crepuscular
deliquio
diffeomorphism
dioceses
discombobulating
divagate
divineress
doggerel
empyreal
encomiums
ephemeral
epithet
eponymous
epsilon
equipoise
esthlos
fadge
fenny
florilegia
haruspices
hemistich
hendecasyllable
hexameter
hoegtesse
homonymy
homoiousios
homoousios
homeoteleuton
hypnerotomachia
iachema
ignotum
inchoate
indefatigable
infarct
isthmus
jocundity
labyrinth
lacuna
laggard
laminae
leitmotif
limned
logorrhoea
lymph
mellifluous
melopoeia
meraki
metoposcopy
micromort
motile
mystagogues
nadir
nahas
nepenthe
neurasthenia
noctiluca
noirceur
nomenclature
obdurate
odoriferous
omphaloi
opiniatretry
ostrogoth
panoply
parabola
parmafay
pellucid
penumbra
perfervid
pettifogging
phantasm
phantasmagoria
phlogiston
phusis
picayunishly
picayunishness
pightle
pillar-dweller
polypharmakos
portend
pneumatomachi
prodromus
pseudoobjects
pteridomania
pusillanimous
pusled
pythoness
quagmire
quintessence
sacerdotal
sacerdotalism
sagacity
scamper
scintilla
scramasax
scrofula
selcouth
sententious
sentinel
sequelae
seraph
serratifolia
silphiophorous
silvicultrix
sirchade
solivagant
somniferous
sortilège
sphenoid
sphincter
stelliferous
stigmergic
sustugriel
taciturn
taibhsear
tamarisk
tatterdemalion
temenos
teraphim
teratological
teratomancy
tesserae
tessera-glot
tetractys
thumomancy
tiamet
transmogrify
traumata
tuatara
umbrageous
valetudinarian
vermifuge
vicissitude
wifelkin
winterbourne
witchery
witchetty grub
withershinns
zither


Tell me some of your favourite words.

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