Words I've Had to Look Up

Starting Jan 2017
  1. skeuomorph: (noun) an object or feature that imitates the design of a similar artifact made from another material.
    from @bjnovak's list: Hot Takes
  2. perfidy: (noun) deceitfulness, untrustworthiness
    from The Tale of Despereaux
  3. aestivation: (noun) an state of animal dormancy similar to hibernation, entered in response to high temperatures and arid conditions
    My brother-in-law used this in our conversation tonight as he described his goal of hibernating through the summer months.
  4. accretion: (noun) the process of growth or enlargement through gradual buildup, such as the increase of land by the action of natural forces
    From the Instagram account @fireislandnps. I got the gist through context, but their explanation was pretty cool: "During storms, sand is moved off shore or across the island, and, during calmer weather, sand is carried to the beach and builds the beach." (Should I admit that I thought erosion was a one-way process?)
  5. amice: (noun) a white linen cloth worn on the neck and shoulders, under the alb, by a priest celebrating the Eucharist
    from Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  6. alb: (noun) a white vestment worn by clergy and servers in some Christian churches
    see above
  7. salmagundi: (noun) a general mixture or miscellaneous collection
    From a book review ("A salmagundi of whimsy, imagination, and book lore..."). Its primary definition is actually "a dish of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, and seasoning."
  8. importunate: (adj) persistent, especially to the point of annoyance or intrusion
    From The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
  9. inglenook: (noun) a space on either side of a large fireplace
    see above