Scripturient: Possessing a violent desire to write.
Acersecomic: A person whose hair has never been cut.
Biblioclasm: The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media.
Dactylion: An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger.
“A-Z of Unusual Words” is a self-initiated project by Irish based graphic art duo The Project Twins. It depicts “strange, unusual and lost words” explained through a set of beautifully crafted minimal illustrations and visual wit.
According to the artists, James and Michael Fitzgerald, “the images explore the meaning behind the words, which are sometimes even more strange and unusual”. The bold and simple aesthetics of these illustrations resemble Bauhaus’ style of conduct through style and form.
The artist statement of Project Twins points out: “Curiosity, humor and wit are a predominant feature in their work. <…> They are interested in observations and oddities and enjoy taking the familiar and turning it into the surprising.“ The series of “A-Z of Unusual Words” has been exhibited during Design Week Dublin in 2011 and was also awarded a Merit in the 3X3 Proshow and featured in 3X3 Illustration Annual 2012.
Enantiodromia: The conversion of something into its opposite.
Fanfaronade: Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.
Gorgonize: To have a paralysing or mesmerising effect on: Stupefy or Petrify.
Hamartia: The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.
Infandous: Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned.
Yonderly: Mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded.
Jettatura: The casting of an evil eye.
Ktenology: The science of putting people to death.
Leptosome: A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.
Montivagant: Wandering over hills and mountains.
Noegenesis: Production of knowledge.
Ostentiferous: Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.
Pogonotrophy: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.
Quockerwodger: A rare nineteenth-century word for a wooden toy which briefly became a political insult.
Recumbentibus: A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.
Tarantism: A disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to dance.
Ultracrepidarian: A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.
Vernalagnia: A romantic mood brought on by Spring.
Welter: A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.
Xenization: The act of traveling as a stranger.
Zugzwang: A position in which any decision or move will result in problem.