Words of a Different Color

Some words beg you to use them in ordinary daily life, even though they’re out-of-the-ordinary words. The question will enter your brain: “Should I use it?”

The following list is dedicated to such words.

Amphigory = writing which seems, at first glance, to have meaning, but is only nonsense.

Blatherskite = nonsense, or the person who speaks it.

Bumfodder = a document good only for wiping one’s bum.

Campist = one who pushes campy arts.

Campy = exaggerated, fake, or pretentious, especially when silly (e.g. Elvis impersonators, wannabe etymologists, and rap music).

Eyeservant = one who works only when another is watching.

Jargon = pretentious and obscure words, especially if the words are unnecessarily long and used categorically.

Kickshaw = food which looks tasty but leaves you hungry.

Latibulate = to hide in a corner.

Mata nuki = a Japanese term meaning a “crotch punch”, or a soccer goal scored after passing between someone’s legs.

Pelf = money obtained through fraud.

Tortiloquy = dishonest or immoral speech.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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