Want to Bimble with a Bumbershoot?

When you think about it, English is an extremely weird language. I mean, there’s no pine in pineapples, or apples, either. Boxing rings are square. If the plural of brother is brethren, why isn’t the plural of mother methren? You recite at a play, but play at a recital. A house can burn up as it burns down.

I’m a writer. I like words a lot, weird or not. Hey, look, I rhymed! Here are some of my favorites:

Nelipot: one who walks barefoot. I am definitely a nelipot.

Pusillanimous: showing a lack of courage or determination; timid

Bimble: to walk or travel at a leisurely pace

Bumbershoot: an umbrella. I discovered this one on dystopian author Nadine Brandes’ website.

That’s about what it’s like at my                house right now, too

They don’t have to be English words, either. Check these out:

L’esprit de l’escalier (French): translated as “staircase wit”, the act of thinking of a clever comeback when it’s too late to deliver it. Also defined as the feeling you get when you leave a conversation and think of all the things you should have said.

Tingo (Pascuense language of Easter Island): to borrow objects one by one from a neighbor’s house until there is nothing left in it. Has this ever even happened?

And my all-time favorite random word:

Sgriob (Gaelic): the itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whiskey. I didn’t even know that was a thing, let alone that there’s a word for it.

Your turn now—what are your favorite words?

One comment to Want to Bimble with a Bumbershoot?

  • Elizabeth  says:

    I love “paralian”, which means “One who lives by the sea.” I also love the word, “resilient”, I know it’s common, but it’s sooo beautiful! “Esoteric” is one of my favorites, and “Ethereal” makes me think of moonlight.

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