roustabout

Definition: (noun) A member of a ship’s crew who performs manual labor. Synonyms: deckhand. Usage: He worked as a roustabout on the Mississippi from the time he was a boy. …read more

Pica

Characterized by the consumption of materials such as soil, chalk, and hair, pica is a disorder involving an appetite for non-nutritive substances or an abnormal compulsion to eat foodstuffs that are usually ingredients, such as flour or starch. Such eating behaviors have been observed in people of all ages but are only termed pica if […]

Weasel Words

“Weasel words” are words that are intended to, or have the effect of, softening the force of a potentially loaded or controversial statement. The term was coined by Stewart Chaplin in a 1900 short story and invokes the image of a sneaky weasel wriggling its way out of tight spaces in the same way that […]

feckless

Definition: (adjective) Generally incompetent and ineffectual. Synonyms: inept. Usage: Much to his wife’s dismay, Jim refused to call a professional, and continued his feckless attempts at repairing the plumbing in the house. Discuss …read more

entrepot

Definition: (noun) A place where goods are stored or deposited and from which they are distributed. Synonyms: transshipment center. Usage: Bahrain has been an entrepot of trade between Arabia and India since the second millennium BCE. Discuss …read more

redoubt

Definition: (noun) A small, often temporary defensive fortification. Synonyms: sconce. Usage: Great mounds had been heaped about the crest of the hill, making a huge redoubt of it. Discuss …read more

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 […]

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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