We’ve all known someone with a passion for quirky words, and for me it was my grampy. If a word was obscure, unusual or ridiculously long, he would hoard it like a treasure and drop it into conversation to amuse himself.
So I’m channelling Grampy today, and celebrating five unusual words related to books and writing…
Are you a librocubicularist? I certainly am. It just means someone who reads in bed.
Hypergraphia is an overwhelming desire to write. So it’s basically the opposite of writer’s block.
This is the practise of divining the future by picking a passage of poetry at random. I tried this myself with a book of Dylan Thomas poems and got the following stanza:
Sing and strike his heavy haul
Toppling up the boatside in a snow of light!
His decks are drenched with miracles.
Oh miracle of fishes! The long dead bite!
So now I’m feeling slightly nervous about what the future has in store for me, especially with that last line.
This is a literary genre that focuses on the protagonist’s formative years. Think The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre, or even the Harry Potter series.
I hope to be omnilegent someday. An omnilegent person is someone who has read ALL THE BOOKS, or at least has an impressive familiarity with literature.
Got any quirky, book-related words to add to the list?