So Many Words

So…two main things today. And surprisingly, no pictures of kids, food, or beer.

I discovered after I had kids that my quality of life is significantly affected by my ability to consume stories — TV, movies, or books. After Chilkat was born, the time when I could do this simply disappeared, which was miserable. After some time (I think after Chilkoot was born), I discovered Kindle (on my phone), and could suddenly start reading when I was sitting with a cranky child in the dark. And suddenly my life was better. Prior to this discovery, sitting in the dark with a screaming child was a grueling, tiresome chore. After this discovery, it was bearable — because I can read books on my phone in the dark!

Anyway, since that time, I’ve been reading consistently. Not as much as I used to, but so much more than the grim (in terms of story consumption) period after Chilkat was born. It’s nice.

Recently, I finished reading the entirety of HP Lovecraft‘s writings. I spend less time reading in the dark with my screaming children now, but still most of my reading is on a phone. I found many of the stories OK, a few bad, and a few very good. One of my standard frustrations with old (pre-40s) fiction is the collection of uninformed notions about health and science (yes, it’s because things were simply not known, not because the author or particular individuals were especially uninformed). One of the things I especially enjoyed about this was the vast collection of unfamiliar and/or archaic words or references — below, if you find yourself so inclined.

  1. Abysm
  2. Acheron
  3. Acidulous
  4. adumbration
  5. aedile
  6. aerolite
  7. Afrite
  8. agglutinative
  9. amanuensis
  10. Anacreontic
  11. Anent
  12. aneroid
  13. ansata
  14. antipodally
  15. apsidal
  16. Architraves
  17. Areaway
  18. armigerous
  19. Arras
  20. Asphodels
  21. asseverated
  22. Atys
  23. Audient
  24. Auriferous
  25. austral
  26. Baudelaire
  27. Bitumen
  28. bizarrerie
  29. bolection
  30. Burgomaster
  31. Cachinnate
  32. calcareous
  33. cartouches
  34. Cerulean
  35. Chaldee
  36. Chaplet
  37. Charles’ Wain
  38. Choler
  39. circumambient
  40. coleopterous
  41. Commoriom
  42. confute
  43. congeries
  44. cormophytic
  45. Cotton Mather
  46. Crenulate
  47. crinoid
  48. Crookes tube
  49. Crotale
  50. Cuspidor
  51. cycad
  52. dado
  53. Desiderate
  54. Domdaniel
  55. echini
  56. Eidolon
  57. Eikon
  58. Elagabalus
  59. Ensilage
  60. Espalier
  61. Fane
  62. fossiliferous
  63. frore
  64. Fulgurite
  65. Gambrel
  66. ganoid
  67. garret
  68. Gilles de Retz
  69. Goya
  70. Grimalkin
  71. Habitues
  72. Haeckel
  73. hippocephalic
  74. Horned moon
  75. Huitzilopotchli
  76. Hyaline
  77. immure
  78. Importunate
  79. Imputations
  80. Inchoate
  81. indite
  82. ineluctable
  83. irruption
  84. jocos
  85. Jocose
  86. kalends
  87. kalpas
  88. kylix
  89. labyrinthodont
  90. lambent
  91. Landgrave
  92. Lanthorn
  93. laocoon
  94. lekythos
  95. lictor
  96. Lineaments
  97. Litten
  98. lugubrious
  99. Lustrum
  100. Marmoreal
  101. Matutinal
  102. Mawkishness
  103. Mesalliance
  104. montane
  105. nefandous
  106. Nepenthe
  107. Nis
  108. Noden
  109. Olathoe
  110. ophidian
  111. outre
  112. palaeogean
  113. Parterres
  114. Parvenu
  115. Pelf
  116. Peristyle
  117. Phlegethon
  118. Phrensy
  119. phthisic
  120. pilum
  121. Polyphemus
  122. prefatory
  123. prothalli
  124. Pshent
  125. quaestor
  126. quondam
  127. radiata
  128. rhamphorhynci
  129. rugose
  130. sachem
  131. Saltant
  132. Salubriousness
  133. Sartain
  134. saxifrage
  135. Scoriac
  136. sedulous
  137. Sesquipedalian
  138. siliceous
  139. skyey
  140. spirifera
  141. Stridor
  142. superincumbent
  143. Swart
  144. Teian
  145. teliosts
  146. Tenebrous
  147. teratologically
  148. The King in Yellow
  149. toper
  150. Trimalchio
  151. tumulus
  152. Tyre
  153. Tyros
  154. ululant
  155. uncial
  156. uzuldaroum
  157. vigintillion
  158. Well of Democritus

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1 comment

My goodness! I hadn’t noticed there were so many odd words in Lovecraft, although quite a few of them are still used (at least I still use them now and then). This is the kind of thing I did with Mervyn Peake, who wrote the Gormenghast books. I think there was a word I’d never run across on about every third page. It was fun and illuminating.

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