Something I learned in 2011

UPDATE – 13th January 2012: I’ve tracked down some of the easier ones (i.e. they were in the Apple dictionary). Some of the obvious portmanteaus stand out now, such as embranglement. I’ll check on the rest as soon as I get near my Compact OED and magnifying glass.

Nick Cave knows a lot more words than I do. Having just read And the Ass Saw the Angel (intensely graphic and atmospheric like the more recent, and excellent, Death of Bunny Munroe, but also more formless and difficult to keep a grip on) I have discovered that Nick Cave has quite a wide vocabulary. F’rinstance:

Adumbrate – ˈadəmˌbrāt; əˈdəm-|

verb [ trans. ] formal

report or represent in outline : James Madison adumbrated the necessity that the Senate be somewhat insulated from public passions.

  • indicate faintly : the walls were not more than adumbrated by the meager light.
  • foreshadow or symbolize : what qualities in Christ are adumbrated by the vine?
  • overshadow : her happy reminiscences were adumbrated by consciousness of something else.
Afflatus – |əˈflātəs|

noun formal

a divine creative impulse or inspiration.

Anhelations
Cachinnations – |ˈkakəˌnāt|

verb [ intrans. ]

poetic/literarylaugh loudly.

Caducity – |kəˈd(y)oōsitē|

noun archaic

the infirmity of old age; senility.

Caliginous – |kəˈlijənəs|

adjective archaic

misty, dim; obscure, dark.

Caxechic
Chaogenous
Claque – |klak|

noun

a group of people hired to applaud (or heckle) a performer or public speaker.

  • a group of sycophantic followers : the president was surrounded by a claque of scheming bureaucrats.
Conceptus – |kənˈseptəs|

noun ( pl. -tuses ) technical

the embryo in the uterus, esp. during the early stages of pregnancy.

Corvine – |ˈkôrˌvīn|

adjective

of or like a raven or crow, esp. in color.

Defluxions
Dumfusion
Egesta
Embranglement
Erumpant
Flocillating
Formication – |ˌfôrmiˈkā sh ən|

noun

a sensation like insects crawling over the skin.

Fremitus
Fritinancy
Frot
Gloriole
Glossa
Horripilation – |hôˌripəˈlā sh ən; hə-|

noun poetic/literary

the erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement.

Hyalescent
Hypertrophia – |hīˈpərtrəfē|

noun Physiology

the enlargement of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells.

  • excessive growth.
Impennous
Murgeoning
Murine – |ˈmyoŏrˌīn|

adjective Zoology

of, relating to, or affecting mice or related rodents.

  • Murine rodents belong to the family Muridae, in particular the subfamily Murinae of the Old World.
Mussitation
Nutant
Paludal – |pəˈloōdl; ˈpalyədl|

adjective Ecology

(of a plant, animal, or soil) living or occurring in a marshy habitat.

Pavid
Perfervid – |pərˈfərvid|

adjective poetic/literary

intense and impassioned : perfervid nationalism.

Rebarbative – |rəˈbärbətiv|

adjective formal

unattractive and objectionable : rebarbative modern buildings.

Remugient
Riggish
Scumbured
Stridor – |ˈstrīdər|

noun

a harsh or grating sound : the engines’ stridor increased.

  • Medicine a harsh vibrating noise when breathing, caused by obstruction of the windpipe or larynx.
Theophany – |θēˈäfənē|

noun ( pl. -nies)

a visible manifestation to humankind of God or a god.

Trogle
Virescent – |vəˈresənt; vī-|

adjective poetic/literary

greenish.

Granted, I suspect a percentage of these are portmanteaus, deliberately malformed constructs produced by the mute and self-educated narrator. I still find myself in a uniquely piqued position, however, so that I will endeavour to identify all of them over coming weeks and update the list here.

It is entirely possible that I will then start using them in conversation, intentionally or otherwise. For this I apologise in advance.

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