Interesting Words


A term coined by psychologist Carl Jung to describe what he called “meaningful coincidences,” synchronicity is the experience of two or more causally unrelated events that are conceptually similar and have very little chance of occurring t…


Serendipity –¬†noun – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
synonyms: chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident, fluke
Defined as the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident, the w…


A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. Wikipedia    …

Treacle Mining

Treacle mining¬†is the fictitious mining of¬†treacle¬†(similar to¬†molasses) in a raw form similar to coal. The subject purports to be serious but is an attempt to test¬†credulity. Thick black treacle makes the deception plausible. The topic has been a joke in¬†British humour¬†since the mid-19th century. Read More at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –¬†


verb past tense:¬†munged; past participle:¬†munged manipulate (data). “you could do what anti-spammers have done for years and mung the URLs” See also:¬†


adjective relating to mode or form as opposed to substance. of or denoting the mood of a verb. noun a modal word or construction. See also Modal Window and

Bezoar – It’s a Medical Term

A bezoar is a mass found trapped in the gastrointestinal system, though it can occur in other locations. A pseudobezoar is an indigestible object introduced intentionally into the digestive system. There are several varieties of bezoar, some of which have inorganic constituents and others organic. The term has both a modern (medical, scientific) and a …

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Bielefeld Conspiracy

The¬†Bielefeld conspiracy¬†(German:¬†Bielefeldverschw√∂rung¬†or¬†Bielefeld-Verschw√∂rung,¬†pronounced¬†[ňąbiňźl…ôf…õltf…õ…źŐĮňĆ Év√łňź Ā äŇč]) is a¬†satire¬†of¬†conspiracy theories¬†that originated in 1993 in the German¬†Usenet, which claims that the city of¬†Bielefeld, Germany, does not exist,[1]¬†but is an illusion propagated by various forces. Originally an internet phenomenon, the conspiracy has since been mentioned in the city’s marketing,[2]and referenced by¬†Chancellor¬†Angela Merkel.[3] Read More at¬†Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia¬†


noun a book of magic spells and invocations.


excursive – (adjective) – Of, given to, characterized by, or having the nature of digression.
Synonyms: rambling, digressive, discursive.
Usage: What started as a few excursive remarks soon turned into a long, rambling speech about this…

The Oxford Comma

In English language punctuation, a serial comma or series comma (also called Oxford comma and Harvard comma) is a comma placed immediately before the coordinating conjunction (usually and or or) in a series of three or more terms. Read More: Serial comma (Oxford comma) – Wikipedia


A diaporama is a photographic slideshow, sometimes with accompanying audio, ranging from using only one or two slide projectors to a multi-image slideshow using a wide screen and several slide projectors connected to a central controlling device changing the slides, turning lamps on and off etc. Diaporama РWikipedia

bear the brunt

Put¬†up¬†with¬†the¬†worst¬†of¬†some¬†bad¬†circumstance,¬†as in¬†“It¬†was¬†the¬†secretary¬†who¬†had¬†to¬†bear¬†the¬†brunt¬†of¬†the doctor’s¬†anger.” Explore Related Words for¬†‘bear the brunt’ withstand,¬†brave,¬†undergo,¬†feel,¬†tolerate,¬†experience,¬†face,¬†weather,¬†sustain,¬†suffer,¬†encounter,¬†know,¬†accustom,¬†stomach,¬†stick,¬†support,¬†brook,¬†abide,¬†countenance,¬†stand


Definition: (noun) A person who acts independently or remains neutral, especially in politics.
Synonyms: fencesitter, independent.
Usage: The public relations firm believed that the key to victory was to capture the hearts and minds of the mugwumps…

The Palermo Stone

The Palermo stone is the largest known fragment of an ancient Egyptian stele containing the earliest extant historic annals. It was engraved around the 25th century BCE and includes a hieroglyphic listing of the kings of ancient Egypt, the years of th…


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Adoxography is a term coined in the late 19th century, and means “fine writing on a trivial or base subject”. It was a form of rhetorical exercise “in which the legitimate methods of the encomium are applied to persons or objects in themselves obviously unworthy of praise, as being trivial, …

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Definition: (noun) A state of peace and quiet.
Synonyms: tranquility, quietness.
Usage: Who can tell how scenes of peace and quietude sink into the minds of pain-worn dwellers in close and noisy places.¬†…read more

Useful idiot – noun

A useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leaders. The term was originally used during the Cold War to describe non-communists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation. The term has often been attributed to Vladimir Lenin, but this…


dispositive – adjective – legal term directed toward or effecting a disposition (as of a case) <an endless variety of dispositive‚Ķpretrial motions ‚ÄĒ Robert Shaw-Meadow> relating to a disposition of property <dispositive words in a will> read more:


Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists.   This is where you see ‘faces’ in pictures and objects. Eyes, noses and mouth on up to very intricate facial features. 😎


Definition: (noun) A heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs.
Synonyms: burial mound, grave mound, barrow.
Usage: The tumulus marked the spot where his ancestor was buried.
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chrysalism n. the amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm… The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.


wytai – noun –¬† a feature of modern society that suddenly strikes you as absurd and grotesque‚ÄĒfrom zoos and milk-drinking to organ transplants, life insurance, and fiction‚ÄĒpart of the faint background noise of absurdity that reverberate…