Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Today's Word: lucrepitous

lucrepitous: Money-hungry. "My lucrepitous brother-in-law checks his e-mail every day for word from the Nigerian government that his share of the oil profits are now available." It seems that the more I look into interesting sesquipedalia, the more vocabulary I find to describe a presidential campaign...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Today's Word: dactylogram

dactylogram: A fancy word for fingerprint. Using dactylogram is a quick way to avoid revealing the embarassing details of a night you'd rather forget. Q: Where did you go last night? A: Oh, just paying a visit to the constabulary to deliver a portrait and dactylogram.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Today's Word: logomachy

Logomachy: a war of words. Someone who fights with words instead of actions is a logomachist. "The logomachy of the presidential debate escalated to battery when Hilary Clinton, in a fit of Brandi Chastain-esque excitement, ripped off her shirt and began kicking Barack Obama's head like it was a cheap soccer ball." -machy (war) is a great root to make neologisms from. For example, the common cartoon cliche of two fencing swordfish could be referred to as ichthymachy. A more hifalutin' title for George Lucas's famous six-part sci-fi movie series would be Astromachy. Got any other interesting ones?