Y, Oh Y

I like words. There is nothing better than a rich, descriptive passage from a book that grabs you and pulls you into the world you are reading about. So, I thought about words when I was trying to decide what to write about for Yday. Well, initially I thought about writing about yarn and the sheer delight of plunging your hand into a bin full of lovely colors and feeling the caress of the bamboo and silk yarn as it plays across your fingers but, I decided that wouldn’t interest anyone except other crafting nuts. So, words it is.

I went searching for some new and unusual Y words to add to my vocabulary and I found a site called The Phrontistery. Per the site’s header, it features obscure words and vocabulary resources. There are enough unusual, different words from all the corners of the earth to keep a *logophile happy for years. I found words like

yabba – large Jamaican earthenware or wooden vessel
yaffingale – green woodpecker
yahrzeit – Jewish remembrance of the first anniversary of someone’s death
yapok – an amphibious opossum of South America
yarborough – hand of cards containing no card above nine
yarnwindle – tool for winding yarn into a ball
ylem – in alchemy, substance from which the elements developed
yonderly – mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded

Do you have any favorite unusual words? They don’t have to start with y.
*logopihilenoun a lover of words

4 Responses to Y, Oh Y
  1. Jen
    April 29, 2011 | 10:23 pm

    hmm depends…did you know that me” is who, “who” is he, “he” is she,and “dog” means fish, and “rock” means soft in Hebrew? hmmm. makes you want to rethink a lot of things

  2. Dorothy
    April 29, 2011 | 11:04 pm

    Mendacious.
    Soporific.
    Insouciance.
    Love them.

  3. Kakunaa
    May 1, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    Bugaboo. Conundrum (I like the way it rolls off the tongue). Crepuscular.

  4. Kakunaa
    May 1, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    Bugaboo. Conundrum (I like the way it rolls off the tongue). Crepuscular.

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