Interesting Words

My kid has the stomach flu so enjoy this filler piece.

Interesting words that were lately brought into my vocabulary include:

Occhiolism – Understanding the awareness of the smallness of your perspective.

Liberosis – The desire to care less about things.

Ellipsism – A sadness that you’ll never know how history will turn out.

Schadenfreude – The pleasure derived from another’s misfortune.

Opia – The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye.

Anemoia – Nostalgia for a time you’ve never known.

Kummerspeck – “Grief bacon.” Excess weight put on by emotional overeating, usually within the context of an ended relationship.

Syzygy – A syzygy is the alignment of three celestial bodies in a straight line, commonly the Earth, the Sun and the Moon.

Tmesis – The insertion of one or more words between the words that make up a compound phrase, e.g “what-so-ever.” The insertion occurs in written, common speak phrasing. I do this all the time in my work. I had know idea the practice had a word.

Argute – Shrewd. I was lately described as “argute” and could not tell if I was meant to be offended or not.


  • The word “mortgage” comes from a French expression meaning “death pledge.” I took on that particular death pledge four years ago, and for the most part, I don’t regret it.
  • The word “nice,” as we know it today, was originally meant as an insult. During the middle English language era, “nice” meant someone who was foolish, stupid, and senseless. This use of the word was derived from the old French language where the word “nice” (spelled the same) implied carelessness, stupidity, and weakness. The French word was originally derived from Latin’s “nescius,” literally meaning not-knowing or ignorant.
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