80 Years of the OED

You word lover’s know who you are, and it was for you and yours that I created today’s show. While the Oxford English Dictionary is actually much older than its 80 years (the first published piece of the OED came out in 1884;1928 marks the publication of the OED in its entirety), any chance to celebrate such a remarkable collection of words is good enough for me. 

Here’s a list of a few of Ammon Shea’s favorite discoveries from his year reading the OED:   

  • All-overish : having a general and indefinite sense of illness pervading the body.
  • Accismus : an insincere refusal of a thing that is desired
  • Addubitation : a suggestion of doubt
  • Aerumnous : full of trouble
  • Assy: asinine
  • Balaamite : one who is religious for the sake of monetary gain
  • Beadledom : the sense of self-importance and officiousness seen as characteristic of beadles, or minor officials.
  • Callisthenical : addicted to exercise or calisthenics.
  • Cimicine : smelling like bugs
  • Colloquialist : an excellent talker; a person who is good at conversing
  • Empleomania : a manic compulsion to hold public office
  • Gaum : to stare vapidly
  • Idiorepulisve : self repelling
  • Petrichor : The pleasant loamy smell of rain on the ground, especially after a long dry spell.
  • Sardonian : one who flatters with deadly intent
  • Selfist : a person who is selfish or self-centered
  • Sequacious : prone to following the thoughts and opinions of others in a fashion that is slavish and unreasoning
  • Trumpery : something of less value than it seems
  • Twi-thought : a vague or indistinct thought
  • Unbepissed : not having been urinated on; unwet with urine
  • Vicambulist : one who walks about in the streets
  • Vocabularian : one who pays too much attention to words
  • pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis : a kind of lung disease 
  • Boree : one who is bored
  • Complainee : a person who is complained about
  • Laughee : someone who is laughted at
  • Sornee : one who has been sponged upon by others for free food or lodging
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 As recorded by Thomas Nashe, author of The Anatomie of Absurditie and Christ’s Teares over Jerusalem

  • Goat drunke: made lascivious by alcohol
  • Ape-drunke : he leapes, and sings, and hollowes, and dances for the heavens
  • Lion-drunke : “he flings the pots about the house, calls his Hostess whore, breakes the glass window with his dagger, and is apt to quarrel with any man that speaks to himi.”
  • Swine-drunke : heavy lumpish, and sleepie and cries for a little more drink
  • Sheepe-drunke : wise in his own soncpit, when he cannot bring forth a right word
  • Mawdlen-drunke : when a fellow will weep for kindness in the midst of his ale, and kiss you
  • Martin-drunke : when a man is drunk and drinks himself sober ere he stir
  • Foxe-drunke : when he is craftie drunk, as many of the Dutch men be, and never bargain but when they are drunk.

 

-- Cristy Meiners