As the title implies, this is a thread to add the new words you come across from time to time, or words that you had to look up, or words you found intersting and wanted to share.
I'll start with these five, which I've recently learned:
This word has been running around in my head for a week, but I didn't know the definition or where I picked it up.
One I haven't come across in a long time. Just read it in a book. I recognized it, but had to look the meaning up.
a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.
Ran across this in a short story by Washington Irving.
causing or tending to cause happiness.
adjective Chiefly British Informal .
lacking in vitality or intelligence; stupid, dull, or clumsy.
It's not in use. Just found it on dictionary.com, and thought it was "fun."
a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
to throw (a person or thing) out of a window.
I know this word quite well because I did it; in french: defenestration
This one will make people look twice.
a procrastinator; delayer
Born: BC 280
Died: BC 203
He was an important figure in history though an object of derision when alive
Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, byname Cunctator (died 203bc), Roman commander and statesman whose cautious delaying tactics (whence the nickname Cunctator, meaning “delayer,” which was not his official cognomen) during the early stages of the Second Punic War (218–201) gave Rome time to recover its strength and take the offensive against the invading Carthaginian army of Hannibal. Fabianism has come to mean a gradual or cautious policy
Did you know that or did you just google it right away?
Both, I knew of him as I have read books on Hannibal and the Punic War but needed Google to get the right name and history.
Hendiadys - The substitution of a conjunction for a subordination.
I heard (or maybe read) the word dippity somewhere on this site.I didn't quite understand what it meant but maybe understood in the context it was spoken. Then I try to look it up and couldn't find it... Anybody can help me with this ?
Dippity could be derived from SERENDIPITY.
The examples on WORDNIK give the impression that the word is used as a replacement for an adjective.
All the on line dictionaries I bookmarked only one had examples of its use the others not found.
I do not have access to the Oxford online Dictionary.
Ubiquinone. - Everywhere there's nothing.