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Would you help me start a word of the day?

Asked by snowberry (26308points) March 8th, 2010

I’m inviting everyone to toss in a new word each day, I’m especially looking for new words you’ve never heard before. The rules are they need to be legitimate words, not words you just wish were real. I need to be able to find it on a legitimate dictionary website. Please don’t forget the definition!

To start us off, my first word is Defenestrate. It means to throw out the window. Let’s have fun. Thanks!

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CyanoticWasp's avatar

Then the first word ought to be “diurnal”, perhaps, which means “daily” as well as “occurring during the day”.

MrGV's avatar

Not a question?

jealoustome's avatar

sodality (noun)

means fellowship; comradeship

marinelife's avatar


snowberry's avatar

@MrGeneVan No, it’s a discussion, and I clicked on the discussion button when phrasing it. Sorry if there’s confusion.

ucme's avatar


Cruiser's avatar

Accismus – Feigning lack of interest in something while actually desiring it.

njnyjobs's avatar

how can this be a discussion on Word of the day? Are people going to have to visit this thread everyday to introduce just one word? Off the bat there’s already seven words offered in this thread. could this be an example of oxymoron?

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Diurnally, I enjoy cyberslacking in the sodality of Fluther as a means of eschewing my accismus for work.

PacificToast's avatar

Nuuu! Defenestrate was going to be my word!
Oh well, I’ll go with Misanthrope: a person who hates or distrusts humankind.

gasman's avatar

a hatchetlike tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slate.
...and a great Scrabble word !

I have a feeling this thread isn’t going to last without some rules.

snowberry's avatar

Maybe we have to re-work it. But a new word of the day every day for us word freaks would be a fun thing. Got any ideas?

ModernEpicurian's avatar

scrod : a young fish (as a cod or haddock); especially : one split and boned for cooking

thriftymaid's avatar


CMaz's avatar

of, relating to, situated near, or involving the anus <an anal fin>

justmesuzanne's avatar

horripilated – When your hair stands on end from fear, cold or electrocution! :D

drClaw's avatar

Viscosity – In everyday terms (and for fluids only), viscosity is “thickness.” Thus, water is “thin,” having a lower viscosity, while honey is “thick,” having a higher viscosity.

Fyrius's avatar

Awesome idea. :D

A while ago I came across the word “metamathematics” and thought it sounded way too funny to be a serious term.
(A branch of mathematics dealing with mathematical systems and their nature.)

Today I happened upon the word “universalisability”, which I remembered for similar reasons. (“Are you sure you have enough suffixes?”)
(The quality (as of a rule) of being able to be applied universally; that is, to any given situation with no exceptions.)

gasman's avatar

@ModernEpicurian There’s lots of T-shirts & bumper stickers bearing slogans of the form, “I got scrod at <name of seafood restaurant>.”

Bluefreedom's avatar

Phantasmagorical -


1.a shifting series of phantasms, illusions, or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination.
2.a changing scene made up of many elements. optical illusion produced by a magic lantern or the like in which figures increase or diminish in size, pass into each other, dissolve, etc.

talljasperman's avatar

Expeditious…. I made an Expeditious retreat when I was being chased… To run ones ass off at maximum speed away from something.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

My work for you is Quinquagenarian, meaning someone between the ages of 50 and 60.

Have you been watching Dark Angel?

snowberry's avatar

@FireMadeFlesh who or what is dark angel?

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@snowberry It is a TV series. I guessed this was the source of your word ‘defenestration,’ because that is the only context I know of the word from.

snowberry's avatar

I don’t watch TV. It’s a legitimate word in the dictionary. Fenestre means window in Latin. Interfenestration means the space between windows, or the process of determining where windows should be placed. An architect can confirm that one.

Fyrius's avatar

I think sesquipedalian is another interesting and day-worthy word.

Cruiser's avatar

Bablatrice – A female babbler

snowberry's avatar

Thewy: Having large muscles. How many Flutherites are thewy?

talljasperman's avatar

Disambiguous Still trying to figure out what it means my doctor told me that I was this

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Micturate. I think a lot of men like to do it in the shower.

snowberry's avatar

impecunious means habitually poor.

jazmina88's avatar

bablatrice – i resemble that

CMaz's avatar

Smegma – is produced from minute microscopic protrusions of the mucosal surface.

snowberry's avatar

@chazmaz Ewww, I know what that is!

snowberry's avatar

grok: Means to understand. (Really!)

A nice, behavioristic cave-man sounding type word.

thriftymaid's avatar

baresark—without armour

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Threnody – A song, poem or speech in lament for the dead.

snowberry's avatar

zabaglione: frothy custard

snowberry's avatar

I really like this one: Quackle (verb) To suffocate: to choke

Or Ubique (adverb) means everywhere.

snowberry's avatar

@Fyrius They are both words, and mean generally the same thing.

Ubiquitous is an adjective; Ubique is an adverb.

Fyrius's avatar

The thing is, I can’t find ubique in my dictionaries, except as a Latin adverb. :/
Are you sure it’s English?

snowberry's avatar

I bet you’re right. I did find it in, and thought it was enough. I use as my source, and often Thanks for pointing that out. I’d remove it, but I’m not allowed.

Here’s a better word: Oxter. It means armpit. Do your oxters stink?

Fyrius's avatar

Dogs do not sweat.

Also: phrontistery
1. a thinking place
2. an establishment devoted to education or study

Thanks for bringing that word to my attention too. :P

snowberry's avatar

Yuppers. My pleasure. ;-)

Fyrius's avatar

Today’s Word of the Day is in the category of Blasphemies.

1. (archaic) An expression of surprise, shock etc.

Contraction of God’s hooks, with reference to the nails of the crucifixion.

snowberry's avatar

hobbledehoy: an awkward, ungainly youth. I hear it every once in a while, but didn’t realize what it meant until I looked it up. As for Gadzooks, that’s fascinating. I always sort of thought it was just a silly exclamation.

Fyrius's avatar

Today’s Word of the Day is in the category Too Difficult for Hangman.


1. (astronomy, astrology) A kind of unity, namely an alignment of three celestial bodies (for example, the Sun, Earth, and Moon) such that one body is directly between the other two, such as occurs at an eclipse
2. (psychology) An archetypal pairing of contrasexual opposites, symbolizing the communication of the conscious and unconscious minds
3. (mathematics) A relation between generators of a module
4. (medicine) The fusion of some or all of the organs
5. (zoology) The association of two protozoa end-to-end or laterally for the purpose of asexual exchange of genetic material
6. (zoology) The pairing of chromosomes in meiosis

snowberry's avatar

pellucid (from

[puh-LOO-sid] , adjective;

1.Transparent; clear; not opaque.

2.Easily understandable.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

haut·boy [ṓ bòy, hṓ bòy]

1. MUSIC oboe: an oboe (archaic)
2. type of strawberry: a strawberry, native to central Europe and Asia, with large fruit.
Latin name: Fragaria moschata

zensky's avatar


An inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance: He caused a minor contretemps by knocking over his drink.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar


Subjectification : verb (used with object). 1. to make subjective. 2. to identify with (a subject) or interpret subjectively. Compare objectify

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