refractory

Definition: (adjective) Obstinately resistant to authority or control. Synonyms: fractious, recalcitrant. Usage: He still made a naughty or refractory lad stand with one arm stretched out for anything from ten minutes to half an hour. Discuss …read more

shivaree

Definition: (noun) A noisy mock serenade for newlyweds. Synonyms: belling, callithump. Usage: The clamorous shivaree stood in stark contrast to the refined, reserved marital ceremony it followed. Discuss …read more

granger

Definition: (noun) A person who operates a farm. Synonyms: sodbuster, farmer, husbandman. Usage: Their lands had been bought long ago, and the grangers moved to the city to find work as manual laborers. Discuss …read more

Bishop Mule Days

This is a raucous salute in Bishop, California, to that workhorse of the ages, the mule. Mule Days was started in 1969 by mule-packers who wanted to have a good time and initiate their summer packing season. Now about 50,000 people show up in Bishop for the celebration. A highlight is the Saturday morning 250-unit […]

Space-Time

In physics, space-time is a four-dimensional continuum consisting of three dimensions in space and one dimension in time. This mathematical model, which is an integral part of Einstein’s relativity theory, combines space and time into a single continuum that allows physicists to more uniformly describe the workings of the universe. The merger of space and […]

Space Food

The weightlessness experienced by humans in space poses a number of challenges in the performance of day-to-day tasks. Early experts feared that weightless conditions would make food difficult to swallow, allowing it to collect dangerously in the throat. Scientists began developing bite-sized cubes, freeze-dried powders, and semiliquid space foods for astronaut use, but the space […]

lachesism

n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap […]

Automats

An automat is a fast food restaurant where food and drinks are served by coin- and bill-operated vending machines. Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart opened the first automat in the US in 1902 and quickly popularized the notion of take-out food with their slogan “Less work for Mother.” The original automat machines, which had little […]

apiary

Definition: (noun) A place where bees and beehives are kept, especially a place where bees are raised for their honey. Synonyms: bee house. Usage: She had started her apiary with a small capital, a book of practical hints, and a second-hand queen. Discuss …read more

“Reality is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of ugly facts.” –Robert Glass

“Reality is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of ugly facts.” –Robert Glass

Rubatosis

rubatosis n. The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/28154792144/rubatosis

Karaoke

Karaoke, a form of entertainment in which amateur performers sing songs using pre-recorded music, was popularized by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in the 1970s. Inoue invented a coin-operated music player in 1971 after fans requested recordings of his performances—they wanted to sing along with the music on a company retreat. He never patented the karaoke […]

Vellichor

vellichor n. The strange wistfulness of used bookshops. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/57250260260/vellichor

Kleptopredation

The scientific theory that some animals select their prey according to the prey having just eaten their own meal. Thereby gaining the food value of the prey and the prey’s last meal. …read more

Énouement

énouement n. The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/34300648208/%C3%A9nouement

Monachopsis

monachopsis n. The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/36505968156/monachopsis

Gazumping

Gazumping occurs when a seller (especially of property) accepts an oral offer (a promise to purchase) on the property from one potential buyer, but then accepts a higher offer from someone else. It can also refer to the seller raising the asking price or asking for more money at the last minute, after previously orally […]

“Read my Lips”

“Read my Lips” Who: George Bush

Opia

opia n. The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/37651224370/opia  

ramify

Definition: (verb) To have complicating consequences or outgrowths. Synonyms: complexify. Usage: The problem merely ramified after the unsuccessful meeting. Discuss …read more

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