I like how you're almost single-handedly keeping this thread alive and would like to see more oddities like these two. Non-American/British posters might be flummoxed by the likes of "crepuscular," "mirthless," "sine qua non" (which I just happened to use last nite, go figure), "chagrin" "sangfroid" and "dystopia," but they aren't exactly word-of-the-day material for college-educated Yanks.A couple more words I came across in a detective fiction.
Rebus- in this case it was carvings on a tombstone-
a rebus is an artistic device or, often, a puzzle where images are used to
stand for words or syllables- in this instance the tombstone might have
been carved with a fish and a kettle to indicate the person was a fish monger
or, perhaps, named Fishpot. Sabrina the teenage (TV show) witch used a rebus to
solve the "family secret".
Cynosure- is a person or thing that becomes the center of attention or admiration.
Serena made such a fuss during the match that she became the cynosure for sixty thousand eyes.
I'm glad I didn't know about this word and fetish when I was on Tokyo subways.Frotteurism -- The tendency to seek sexual arousal by rubbing up against strangers seemingly accidentally in crowded places. It has become decidedly unfashionable during the pandemic.
Ah yes, related to the word, frottage. Sometimes confuse this with the word, fromage (cheese). And then there's the possible discharge that a guy might produce after engaging in the act of friction = frottage fromage.Frotteurism -- The tendency to seek sexual arousal by rubbing up against strangers seemingly accidentally in crowded places. It has become decidedly unfashionable during the pandemic.
I remember reading "Lilly on Dolphins" when I was in third or fourth grade and getting confused about dolphins' enjoyment of "casual contact." I learned that adults don't like questions about humans and dolphins getting aroused by each other.casual contact, on porpoise
Describes big 3 fan boys perfectly.Procrustean
An adjective referring to anyone promoting conformity of belief or behavior at any cost.
From the Greek myth- Procrustes captured travelers and placed them on his bed. If
They were too big, he lopped off the overhanging parts, if too short, he stretched them to fit
I have also seen my own doppelganger once. Saw him at my fitness club and I had to make sure it was not a mirror I was looking into. Did a double take cuz the resemblance was uncanny. However, when I got closer, I noticed that he was an inch or too taller than I am.Well, when you consider that humans and fruit flys share 60% of the same exact DNA
(and I cannot tell one fruit fly fron its brother), it is not surprising that in the entire history
of human life there are so many look-alikes.In the small town where I grew up,
there was another guy who looked very much like me,
we were the same age and both played tennis, and were often confused.
Well, most people don't wear the same tennis shirt every time,
Almost, well not almost- actually, by accident, I came across
Not a "monster" word, but Puka also shows up English dictionaries and appears to be a valid Scrabble word. Pooka is sometimes an alternate spelling for Puka.Pooka- (Celtic lore)- a shape-shifter, usually taking animal form and causing mischief...