Words I learned in 2007

A New Year’s tradition: some truly yummy words I learned in the past twelve months. I love adding to my vocabulary, though odds are I’ll never use a single one of these in conversation.

1. aquamanile

2. scacchic

3. imbricated

4. snowclone

5. quisling

6. apotropaic

7. ofermod

8. ephemeris

Earlier: words I learned in 2006

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6 Responses to Words I learned in 2007

  1. M says:

    Yay, you’re back! I’ve missed your postings.

    I make it a general rule to hate all things New Years (I’ve had many imbricated years of bad luck on the 31st) but I have to say, this is a really nice way to think about a year passing…in terms of what you learned.

    Thanks for passing on your 2007 knowledge…now your readers will all be just a little more clever in 2008. Not to snowclone it up or anything, but you might even say, your last year is the new new year for your readers. Perhaps, armed with these new words, I’ll have an apotropaic New Years after all.

  2. mdvlist says:

    I am so proud to have added some of those gems to your word hoard, and also perversely pleased that I don’t know what any of the rest of them mean! I had better go get out the dictionary . . . .

  3. cicada says:

    M! You are showing me up by using these words so easily. ;) I can see I’ll have to work harder to find places for them.

    mdvlist. . . you’re always giving me presents for my word-hoard! There aren’t that many people with larger vocabularies than I, but you’re definitely one of them. Unfortunately, you know who another one is. . .

  4. T. Kosmatka says:

    Ha! Loved the words. Here’s one for you: “Zooplasty.” Just proves that we English speakers will come up with a word for everything. Even things a few deranged scientists have probably only done a few times in the history of the world.

  5. Coturnix says:

    Quisling is the only one of these I knew what it means! Thanks for edifying us.

  6. cicada says:

    I’m kind of sad that I know what zooplasty is. Deranged indeed. :)

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