Words that make me go ‘ooh and ahh’

Termagant (n)

  1. A quarrelsome, scolding woman; shrew.

“The termagant who had dragged him out on long, boring walks, who had tried in vain to censor his reading, who had labeled him an impious liar and criminal, was dead at last, and the boy, hearing a servant say ‘she has passed away’, sank to his knees on the kitchen floor to thank God for so great a deliverance.” Jonathon Keates, Standhal


Disambiguation (n)

  1. Clarification that follows from the removal of ambiguity.

Here’s a great quote about disambiguation: “Hell is other people.” Jean-Paul Sartre


Quixotic (adj.)

  1. Unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous. (Like me, most of the time :P)

Quixotic … Absurdly chivalric, like Don Quixote. An insight into the beauty and excellence of this incomparable adjective is unhappily denied to him who has the misfortune to know that the gentleman’s name is pronounced Ke-ho-tay. When ignorance from out of our lives can banish Philology, ‘tis folly to know Spanish.” Juan Smith


Ha! 🙂


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