Rare English words

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Here are a few English words which aren't used often but have great meanings IMO


Absquatulate.  

To up and leave someone all of a sudden.


Blatherskite 

someone who doesn't shut up talking nonsense


Doryphore 

some one who constantly criticises others in an annoying pedantic fashion


Erubescent

Flushed /reddened like ... She had erubescent cheeks. 


Noctambulist

Another word for a person who sleepwalks

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i'll save this for my reference. thanks for the info. :grin:

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I remember learning about "ludicrous" as it sounded to me funny, like someone wrote ridiculous in a wrong way...


Thanks for those really interesting words!


Here are few "hard ones" for me / from me:


- flabbergasted -> astounded

- feral -> wild, savage

- haughty -> proud / arrogant or disdainful

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Wow. New words. Thank you for sharing.

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Great post! :)


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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Here are a few English words which aren't used often but have great meanings IMO
Absquatulate.
To up and leave someone all of a sudden.
Blatherskite
someone who doesn't shut up talking nonsense
Doryphore
some one who constantly criticises others in an annoying pedantic fashion
Erubescent
Flushed /reddened like ... She had erubescent cheeks.
Noctambulist
Another word for a person who sleepwalks

I think it would be good to mention that learners shouldn't learn these - if you use them you won't be understood!

I'm reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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Depends on the circles your in Leo but yes they are literary rather than conversational ... Maybe it is a US /UK thing ? I have used 4 of these at some point. Other favourite words of mine are soporific (sleep inducing) fecund ( fertile ) irksome ( annoying) and languid( in a slow relaxed manner) 

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I like the word "Doryphore". I have a friend who is that way. Now I finally can call him Doryphore. Too bad he will probably not understand what I mean! :grinning:

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wow! I'm going to add this on my new list of words. Are these words widely used until now? Or if I am going to use this then I think no one will ever understand me at all, let say in a usual conversation not unless I am talking to a Linguist. 

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janahfacal.. wrote:

wow! I'm going to add this on my new list of words. Are these words widely used until now? Or if I am going to use this then I think no one will ever understand me at all, let say in a usual conversation not unless I am talking to a Linguist.:sweat_smile:

These words are not widely used but they're quite impressive. :)


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Some of those words are hilarious, both sounding and meaning! 

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James.B wrote:

Some of those words are hilarious, both sounding and meaning!

I agree! Lol


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Guys, I stumbled upon this, check it out!


https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/weird-strange-english-words/


I knew 3, but ragamuffin definitely meant something different for me :)

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I’m an English speaker from the USA. Never heard of these words! I’ll have to incorporate them into everyday conversations now!

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It's great to know about these unusual words that we should learn. Thanks for sharing!

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Bartosz.Jablonski wrote:
Guys, I stumbled upon this, check it out!
https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/weird-strange-english-words/
I knew 3, but ragamuffin definitely meant something different for me :)


Ummmmm... I've used all of these in conversation in the last week alone. What does that say about me?! Maybe I'm a blatherskite!!!  


A lot of them seem to me like they'd be relatively common to hear an English person say!

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Bartosz.Jablonski wrote:

Guys, I stumbled upon this, check it out!

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/weird-strange-english-words/

I knew 3, but ragamuffin definitely meant something different for me :)


I use most of these haha must be to do with how we are brought up I would say my family spoke proper English / older English but not quite old English ...but I heard these often enough they are quite normal to me we also use scallywag which fits this list describing a cheekily behaved child endearingly

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There's this lecturer in my University days, who took it upon himself to always come to class with a new bogus word everyday. That's where I learned to use the word 'flabbergasted' :grin:

Kevwe A.

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Here are a few English words which aren't used often but have great meanings IMO
Absquatulate.
To up and leave someone all of a sudden.
Blatherskite
someone who doesn't shut up talking nonsense
Doryphore
some one who constantly criticises others in an annoying pedantic fashion
Erubescent
Flushed /reddened like ... She had erubescent cheeks.
Noctambulist
Another word for a person who sleepwalks


Absquatulate: Isn't that the complicated version of "ghosting"?


I really like Blatherskite. I am going to start introducing it to my circle of friends.  

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Can we say that a non-native person who uses these words has reached a C3 level? :D


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Definitely adding to my vocab.:grin:

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Blatherskite is great there are tonnes for people who don't shut loaquesious is a nicer adjective, motormouth or gasbag/windbag, gabbler, chatterbox 

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I have no idea how I missed this thread, but this is definitely a great idea for a thread :D


I'll lurk it to read some fun words :D 

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Wow! Higher level words!  

Charlyn Amoin

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Here are a few English words which aren't used often but have great meanings IMO
Absquatulate.
To up and leave someone all of a sudden.
[...]
Noctambulist
Another word for a person who sleepwalks


@Jade: 3Ageeeb giddan. Ana mish fahim. May I ask how you were able to get to know these words?


Translation for others: How strange (as in "this is a bit extraordinary", or "this is a surprise"). I don't understand.


I could have guessed the meaning of the last one (noctambulist). But as for all the others, well, I have been having contact to the English language for more than two decades. But still, it seems that I never even have met them.

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Aasfa, They are mostly literary or, colloquialisms, i did say they are very rare they are among some of my favourite words soporific, fecund and mellifluous are others that I love! 

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Aasfa, They are mostly literary or, colloquialisms, i did say they are very rare they are among some of my favourite words soporific, fecund and mellifluous are others that I love!


Mish mushkilah (no problem). It's just that I was a bit surprised. Some persons might have been reading in English for a certain (longer) period of time. But still, it doesn't always come to their minds that there are many other expressions, too, apart from what they already know.

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I still find words I don't know and it's my native tongue :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Here are a few English words which aren't used often but have great meanings IMO
Absquatulate.
To up and leave someone all of a sudden.
Blatherskite
someone who doesn't shut up talking nonsense
Doryphore
some one who constantly criticises others in an annoying pedantic fashion
Erubescent
Flushed /reddened like ... She had erubescent cheeks.
Noctambulist
Another word for a person who sleepwalks


To be honest, when I come across these kinds of words in articles, news, or novel, I skip reading them. Too complicated for me! HAHAHA Same with dates or long numbers, I don't read them. Is it just me? LOL

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
I still find words I don't know and it's my native tongue :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:


Did you know that I needed a (although very small) amount of time to realize that English is your/your only native language?

Because when I read your profile's description on the left (i.e. the one displayed with each post of you), there were two things that "jumped into my eye". 


Literally translating a phrase from German to English right now, even if it maybe already exists in EN anyway.


Now what did "jump into my eye"? Two things. "ES", so I maybe thought your native one is Spanish.


And "Egyptian Arabic", that's why I considered you a person with Arabian roots. (If you wouldn't be one anyway. There are "countless" cases of individuals growing up without really being natives of their parent's language/s.)


As for not paying enough attention when reading something: strange things do happen .

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Half of my family are Libyan or Egyptian, and the rest of us moved to Spain 2 years ago. And we say caught my eye

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Half of my family are Libyan or Egyptian, and the rest of us moved to Spain 2 years ago. And we say caught my eye


Right now I realized that my previous post had some off-topic tendencies. Seems that it happened because I sometimes think more of "what could I say in response?" only. Rather than "remembering the thread's title".


Adding some rare English words myself:


- gibberish (well, not 100% rare, but still)


- ragamuffin 


- lollygag, lollygagging


- Frankenfood


- biblioklept (book thief)

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Hi SGP! Interesting words!  

Charlyn Amoin

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SGP wrote:

Jade.Xuereb wrote:

Half of my family are Libyan or Egyptian, and the rest of us moved to Spain 2 years ago. And we say caught my eye

Right now I realized that my previous post had some off-topic tendencies. Seems that it happened because I sometimes think more of "what could I say in response?" only. Rather than "remembering the thread's title".

La mushkayla :blush:

Adding some rare English words myself:

- gibberish (well, not 100% rare, but still)

- ragamuffin

- lollygag, lollygagging

- Frankenfood

- biblioklept (book thief)

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SGP wrote:
Jade.Xuereb wrote:
Half of my family are Libyan or Egyptian, and the rest of us moved to Spain 2 years ago. And we say caught my eye

Right now I realized that my previous post had some off-topic tendencies. Seems that it happened because I sometimes think more of "what could I say in response?" only. Rather than "remembering the thread's title".
Adding some rare English words myself:
- gibberish (well, not 100% rare, but still)
- ragamuffin
- lollygag, lollygagging
- Frankenfood
- biblioklept (book thief)

What does Frankenfood mean? A mashup of multiple foods? :D 

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