Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Words Etc.

I learnt a new word today - Floccinaucinihilipilification.

It means "the action or habit of judging something to be worthless", and I quote, "its main function is to be trotted out as an example of a long word." (from quinion.com)

Other strange yet fascinating words that I've encountered or used lately would include desuetude (a state of disuse or inactivity), discombobulate (to cause to be confused), confabulate (to discuss) and rebarbative (tending to irritate).

On a more useful front, I've also finally found out the meaning of serendipity (to make a fortunate discovery of something that you were not looking for) and preternatural (beyond the normal course of nature; supernatural).

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