Thursday, April 24, 2008

Coolest Words Ever

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." -Rudyard Kipling

If you ever find yourself bored enough, you might end up reading the dictionary. I *cough* wasn't bored, I just happenede to be looking for the right word... okay, I was bored. But I found some very interesting words on my endless surfing of .

1. Squirrelicide- when a squirrel bites a telephone wire and kills itself, resulting in electrical appliances not recieving information. I'm a victim of squirrelicide.
2. Bract- the tine leaves that surround the bottom of a flower, or on the stem of a flower. I never knew they had a name for that.
3. Ohrwurm- this is a word from Germany, meaning the annoying little song that got stuck in your head. This is another thing I didn't know there was a word for.
4. Zenith- the highest point.
5. Xenophobia- It means 'a strong fear or dislike of foreign people or things.' It starts with an X and is neither xylophone or x-ray, so it's automatically on the top of my list.
6. Triskadiskadecaphobia- the fear of the number thirteen.
7. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- fear of long words.


Hazel said...

"Ohrwurm" literally means "earworm" in German! That always cracks me up. (Not really, that would be too embarrassing; there's always a zillion girls saying it at school.)

spazzy nellie:) said...

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: fear of counting the letters even though I do that all the time.;)

Anonymous said...

oh wow... those are some pretty loooooooong words!

Muslim Irregular said...

i sometimes end up looking at the dictionary. you are right, there are some pretty interesting words in the dictionasry~some that don't even sound real!