Those of you unlucky enough to know me personally will know I read a lot. By a lot I don’t mean I have a shelf of books that I plod my way through; I mean I literally read on average a book a week. Consequently to this force of prose into my brain, I have grown to acquire a rather deep love for the beauty of the written word. Words have always been a coping mechanism for me. Similarly to my love of literature, those of you who know me will also know I’m horrific at expressing my feelings: therefore resulting in throwing something… or breaking a door off its hinges (this literally happened). Writing as a result of this has become my platform for releasing my loud and ear-piercing songbird from it’s tight and rusty cage. So, why not take this opportunity to force upon you some words I have found in my reading of various bits and bobs that I GUARANTEE you will not have come across. Unless you’re my English teacher: hi Miss.
1) Futilitarian – “one who believes it is pointless to go for ‘it’ whatever ‘it’ may be; one who believes humans have no purpose”
This is one of the most relatable words for my personality as I, more often than not, question my significance in the influence of other people’s lives. However, it screams pessimism and de motivation; something I am also far too familiar with….
2) Psithurism – “sound of wind in the trees”
Have you ever walked through a forest or a pathway crowded with the overhang of branches on a windy day? If so, you probably heard a faint whistle and crispy rustle of the leaves. I love this word as it’s rare for such tiny sounds to have a word for their being, especially if this one has a more complex onomatopoeia that refrains from the standard ‘beep’ or ‘crash’.
3) Pandiculation – “the physical euphoria and satisfaction obtained by the first stretch of the morning”
We’ve all had THAT stretch when we wake up that feels like a self-hug.
4) Monachopsis – “subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place”
I feel this word is one that needs not much insight as it is one that I bet most of us will have experienced at some point in our lives. Especially through that awkward teenage stage.
5) Phosphenes – “the stars and colours you see when rubbing your eyes”
This was a word I only stumbled across recently even though I ALWAYS wanted there to be a word for this. As a child I used to lie in bed and scrunch my fists over my eyes in order to see these colours and stars; there was something so magical about seeing these unpredictable bursts of light in front of my blackened vision.
6) Alexithymia – “the inability to describe emotions in a verbal manner”
I don’t think a word has ever summed me up more perfectly.
7) Epiphanot – “an idea that seems like an amazing insight to the conceiver, but is in fact pointless, mundane and stupid”
I feel this is a word to describe that moment when your friend says something so ridiculously incorrect, you begin to question their intelligence as a living, breathing human being.
8) Destinesia – “when you get to the goal you’ve been trying to reach, but can’t actually remember your reasoning for attempting it in the first place”
This to me seems like a more complex description of when you walk in to a room, forget what you needed so walk back in and out in order to remember what you actually wanted in the first place.
9) Chrysallism – “the amniotic tranquility of remaining indoors during a thunderstorm”
This was something I experienced last night (summer what are you doing?). I feel no cosier than when I’m cooped up in my room, windows open, listening to the pitter-patter of raindrops on my window pane; followed by the bursts of electric blue light and howling cackles of the clouds.
10) Callypygian – “having intensely well-shaped buttocks”
There’s no real reason why I decided to finish on this word; I just thought it was funny.
I’m not at all sure why I actually wrote this article, I feel like the well-shaped buttocks image was its high point. My goal was to finish this article, but I can’t remember why – oh I am a living example of Destinesia…