Those of you that know me will also know that I often scribble some rather random ramblings onto the page. This is one such post, I hope you enjoy reading it.
The basis behind this post is that I love words, which is one reason I became a writer. However, to write in a manner which can be easily comprehended by the majority means using a relatively small number of the total words available.
So, as a pure exercise, I challenged myself to write a short piece using rare and unfamiliar words, many of which, I am sure, have not been exposed to the light of day, beyond that of the academic fraternities.
This (very) short and almost meaningless story here is just so I could utilise some of these underused words from the vast lexicon of the English language.
I hope that you find this both amusingly enjoyable and somewhat inspirational. You may even want to challenge yourself to do a similar exercise?
It was as I neared the point where the abature divided when the Limoniad appeared from the shadows beneath the forest of abele with great legerty.
She was dressed in a sabelline cloak, yet wore only simple sabots upon her feet.
I stood still, overcome by akinesia to see before me such an aisling. A sudden coenaethesis flooded my soul. Was this Limoniad actually chthonian?
Here we were abditive, and I now almost overcome with acatalepsy.
In a circumbenibus way she spoke, her eyes saccadic as each word spilled from her lips.
I am, I must confess a man who is wholly agapet. So as her words tumbled forth from sweet red lips, I could not resist the salacious thoughts that lent themselves to my immediate consciousness.
Oh how they became gremial at the pure sight of this nimble limoniad, with whom I should greatly love to extend all palzogony.
Ending her words slowly, and with some lachymorse she turned and walked silently back into the undergrowth of dank vegetation and was gone.
As a writer, I like many others have amassed a vast source of books & other resources to assist me with my research and writing, from simple dictionaries & thesauruses to some amazing and wonderful online sources.
Here are a number which I frequently use.
- Oxford English Dictionary
- The Chambers Dictionary (1993 edition)
- Dictionary of Difficult Words, by Robert H. Hill
- Dictionary of Word Origins, by John Ayto
- Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language
- Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (electronic edition)
- Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, by Walter W. Skeat
However, once in a while we are often blessed by good fortune. For me it was stumbling across a website compiled by one Mr Stephen Chrisomalis.
This site is http://phrontistery.info/index.html. and includes,
- The Phrontistery.
- The logorrhea.
- Compendium of Lost Words.
It is also associated with the WordPress Blog, https://glossographia.wordpress.com/
Here is Stephen Chrisomalis’s biography from his website ‘Phrontistery’ which indicates his credentials and obsessiveness with words, a trait I shall remain eternally grateful for!
Although it seems rather egotistical to prattle on about oneself in a forum which is accessible to millions of people, it appears to be normal practice to do so, if only for the sake of putting something on otherwise featureless home pages. Although I think (I hope) that’s not the case at the Phrontistery, I’ve compiled a little blurb about myself, so that people can come from far and wide to marvel at the demented personal life of Forthright, known by day as Steve Chrisomalis.
“I was born on May 3, 1974, which means I share a birthday with the king of soul, James Brown, famed magician / yogic flyer Doug Henning and the father of political science, Niccolo Machiavelli. Read into this whatever you will. At any rate, I spent my formative years in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, just east of Toronto. After graduating in 1996 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, I moved to Montreal, Quebec, where I completed my doctorate in anthropology in 2003. Since 2008 I have been an assistant professor of anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, while living across the border in Windsor, Ontario. My current research is on the comparative study of systems of numerical notation (see my curriculum vitae here).
Aside from my purely academic interests, I occasionally find time to have a real life. As you might have guessed, I am one of those “word people” who has an obsessive love for language. Whether you prefer the term logolept, verbivore, logophile, epeolater, or logodaedalus, to name only a few, I count myself among that odd crowd who takes great joy in the mere mention of a new or interesting word. I am a great lover of puzzles and games, including Scrabble®, Trivial Pursuit®, bridge, all sorts of role-playing games, and so on. I am a fan of classical music, particularly that of the Baroque period, but my musical tastes are really rather diverse. My taste in literature runs mostly towards science fiction and fantasy. That is to say, I am a nerd (or, if you prefer, a geek).
Unbelievable as it may seem, between my dissertation and my word lists, I have actually managed to find an incredibly beautiful and tolerant woman to marry me. My wife, Julia, not only puts up with my pretentious blather but actually shares many of my interests, and has been of invaluable assistance throughout the life of this site, including assisting me with its graphics and layout. Our son Arthur was born in 2005 and shows many of his father’s predilections. Apologies to all concerned”.