In 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius buried the cities of Pompeii
In this era of great uncertainty, I take comfort in the fact that there are words for just about everything. And I mean everything. Take, for example…
Definition: The smell of rain falling on dry dust
Also, proof positive that the English language comes up with some oddly specific terms.
Definition: The feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming
This applies especially to dogs around rush hour.
Definition: The conversation following the main meal of the day
Leave it to the people who have a mid-afternoon nap to have a word for the nice, leisurely conversation following a meal.
Definition: To be ashamed or embarrassed for someone else
The next time your dumb friend burns himself trying to take a flaming shot, that feeling you are having is definitely fremdschämen.
Definition: The feeling of being in the woods all alone
Leave it to the people who brought us the huge, creepy fairy tale collection to have a word for the feeling of being alone in the woods.
Definition: The act of throwing someone or something out the window
Also meaning to fire someone from a position of authority.
Definition: Ice that forms along a shore from waves and spray
As opposed to ice on a glacier, in your glass of lemonade, etc.
Definition: A brief statement printed in a book containing information about the publication, publisher and date of publication
An interesting word, although I can’t recall a single time I ever wanted to talk about this page.
Definition: Divination using onions
It worries me that this is a word. Someone, somewhere, is praising Shrek as a seer.
Definition: The feeling of anger or depression from knowing that the next day will be no better than today
Definition: Someone who is willing to forgive abuse the first time, will tolerate it the second time but will not forgive the third time
Definition: To yawn and stretch your arms
Try not to yawn after reading this.
Definition: Someone who wastes time or fiddles around with trivialities.
Also, writers who compile lists of strange words with bizarrely specific definitions.
Definition: To buy something of value which some ignorant person has discarded or sold cheaply
Definition: The behaviors and beliefs that one is expected to display in public which may not be held privately
This Japanese term is tied to another Japanese word: “Honne.” “Honne” means a person’s true feelings and desires.
Definition: The rounded fleshy part of your hand at the base of your thumb
Now you know that the fleshy part of your thumb is named like a dinosaur noise.
Definition: To take a break to clear one’s head
Or, a good excuse to visit Phactual.com.