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There's A Word for It!A Grandiloquent Guide to Life

Did you know that there's a word to express each of the following definitions?

1. the state of having sore or bleary eyes
2. the groove in the middle of your upper lip
3. the metal sheath on the end of an umbrella
4. the act of puttering around aimlessly
5. the figurative state known as getting up on the wrong side of the bed
6. lovemaking in a parked car
7. food that you spit out, such as seeds and pits
8. the fear of undressing in front of someone
9. the wild look that accompanies delirium
10. someone in love with his or her own opinions

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the words.


A Selection of Light Verse from There's a Word for It!


borborygmus, also called gurgulation:
an audible (and embarrassing) exclamation emanating from the stomach or intestines.

When borborygmi, or gurgulations,
Interrupt my conversations,
I simply shrug and say, "It's true—
My belly has an opinion too."

     — Willy Brakewynde


acokoinonia: sex without passion or desire.

The insensitive lovers I've knownia
Might as well had had sex all alonia.
What is love if it's acokoinonia?
Lots of grunts, but not one single groania.

     — Anaïs Numb


ozoamblyrosis: loss of sexual appetite because your partner has wicked B.O.

Love is not a bed of roses,
Perhaps because we all have noses.
Love's urge can choke on halitosis
And die from ozoamblyrosis.

     — Eureka Fowler


formication: the sensation that bugs (especially ants) are crawling over one's body.

Two lovers who went on vacation
Turned a picnic into a sensation.
    They began a love dance
    And got ants in their pants—
You have never seen such formication!

     — Richie Scratch


The words:

1. lippitude
2. philtrum
3. ferrule
4. horbgorbling
5. matutolypea
6. amomaxia
7. chankings
8. dishabillophobia
9. periblepsis
10. philodox


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