slip-sliding away…..

It’s only words

Posted by Yacoob on March 6, 2008

A certain someone would like me to indulge in pogonotrophy.

While I’m not opposed to the idea, and actually would like to see what it’s like, I fear I lack the expertise to such a venture. But, I suppose, new things always take a bit of time to adjust to, before it becomes second nature.

Being employed once more these last few months, especially with an early start, has led me to be rather oscitant at times. And while this can be a major problem, especially if there are exigent matters at hand, generally, it’s not caused an upset yet, with no delations evident.

I do have a solution, though, which others may term the “power nap.

Perhaps it’s an age-old method, recorded in an incunabulum somewhere in the annals of History; but only recently labelled and ‘sold’ to the modern world.

And while some might find this a bit strange, I do not, and see it as very legitimate and warranted. Of course, while claiming it’s legitimacy, I don’t mind the perception of being pixilated, as it’s a quality I deeply admire.

In conclusion, dear readers, while this was initially conceived as an attempt as floccinaucinihilipilification, the contents herein are all true, and as such, should be regarded as more than just harlequinade.

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More of these fascinating fluctuations of letter can be found in the sources used:

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pogonotrophy (po-guh-NAW-truh-fee) noun

The growing of a beard.
[From Greek pogon (beard) + -trophy (nourishment, growth).]

Pogonology is the study of beards and pogonotomy is a fancy word for shaving.

oscitant (OS-i-tant) adjective

1. Yawning, gaping from drowsiness.
2. Inattentive, dull, negligent.

[From Latin oscitant, present participle of oscitare (to yawn),from os (mouth) + citare (to move).]

exigent (EK-si-jent) adjective

1. Requiring urgent attention.
2. Demanding; exacting.

delate (di-LAYT) verb tr.

To report (an offense), denounce, or accuse.

incunabulum (in-kyoo-NAB-yuh-luhm) noun

A book printed during the infancy of printing, especially one produced before 1501.


pixilated (PIK-suh-layt-id) adjective

1. Mentally unbalanced; eccentric.
2. Whimsical.

[From pixie, a mischievous fairylike creature.]

Floccinaucinihilipilification (FLOK-sih-noh-see-NEE-hee-lee-PEE-lih-fih-KAY-shun)

The Oxford English Dictionary classifies it as “humorous” and with 29 letters it’s one of the longest words in the English language. Moreover, unlike pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis and the actual longest word, which are highly scientific and specific, floccinaucinihilipilification can be used in everyday speech:

“Yes, my apparent floccinaucinihilipilification of both you and your canine companion was meant to be stupendously supercilious.”

Any Sesquipedalian Person (a person given to the overuse of long words)


harlequinade har·le·quin·ade (härl-kw-nd) noun

1. A comedy or pantomime in which Harlequin is the main attraction.
2. Farcical clowning or buffoonery.

2 Responses to “It’s only words”

  1. bb-aisha said

    It’s time I started brushing up on reading the dictionary. Thanks for the lesson & go on, grow that beard

  2. Dreamlife said

    You can sign up for a word a day email thing on Wordsmith. It is pretty good; and would be even better if you – unlike me – actually read the words each day ;) )

    As for the beard, i just don’t shave, and it comes (like now). But, that certain someone (who’s name will not be mentioned…yet ;) ) wants me to actively work on it – like those grooming kit thingies, with different blade attachments.

    life was simpler when we were kids, and didn’t have this hair to worry about…

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