There’s a Word for That?

Recently, Buzzfeed.com ran an article titled,  25 Things You Had No Idea There Were Words For. While you can find the full article here, here are the ones I think writers should not be without:

Denominalisation: using a word that isn’t a verb as a verb

– Auralize: to mentally create  a sound (the sound equivalent of “visualize”)

– Estival: pertaining to summer (the summer version of “autumnal” or “vernal”)

Brumal: pertaining to winter

– Yonic: the opposite of phallic

Susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound

Sesquipedalian: a word that is polysyllabic -or- someone who uses such words, often while attempting to appear smart.

Honorable mention:

Semantic satiation – a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning.

Read more at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/things-you-had-no-idea-there-were-words-for and feel free to add your own words below.

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