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      A Word Challenge!

      You give one or more, unusual, useful words, and their definitions. Then tag people (if you want).



      Egad = Used as a mild exclamation. / An exclamation expressing exultation or surprise.

      Bard = A piece of armor used to protect or ornament a horse. / To cover meat, in thin pieces of bacon, or fat, to preserve moisture during cooking.

      @eitan @princessmk


      Please do not talk to each other very much on here! This thread is to be an interesting list, of interesting words and definitions.

      Thank you, and I hope you have fun!


      Why is surviving important? Would you not rather die for the truth?


        I’ve always liked the word “Ellucidate.” It means to clarify something that’s confusing, literally, to shed light on it.

        However, I don’t think I’ve used this word in writing, only in speech, since I tend to write with a fairly limited vocabulary and speak with an extremely wide one.


          Sonder = The realization that each person has a life, and emotions, as vivid and complex as your own.


          Why is surviving important? Would you not rather die for the truth?

          Josiah DeGraaf

          Two of my favorite words are defenestrate (to throw someone out of a window) and milquetoast (to be timid, weak, or bland).

          Lit fanatic. Eclectic reader. Theology nerd. Writing fantasy at https://josiahdegraaf.com


            Ooh, cool Mr. @josiah ! Thank you. (:

            Oy vey iz mir (usually shortened to ‘oy’) = a Yiddish phrase expressing dismay or exasperation


            Why is surviving important? Would you not rather die for the truth?

            Winter Rose

              Hiraeth= a Welsh word, meaning homesickness, nostalgia, and a deep yearning for a home you cannot come back to, or maybe never was.

              "The best is yet to come."
              ~Origin unknown


                I find myself using the Persian word “kaj” (crooked or off-balance) all the time, because kaj just sounds so much more kaj, you know.

                And there’s janjal, to describe an annoying, chaotic, bothersome, and probably noisy situation. Perfect.

                Kayla Skywriter

                I don’t think it’s a super rare word, but it’s not used in everyday conversation so…

                Perfidy: deceitfulness, untrustworthiness

                I remember learning this word for the first time reading Tale of Despereaux and falling in love with it there.

                How we chose to fight is just as important as what we fight for

                Mischievous Thwapling

                  I don’t know how unusual this is, but… Here it is:


                  (adjective) Definition: noisy and hard to control



                  Whatever we love deeply becomes a part of us.
                  ~Helen Keller

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