This is my ever-growing list of words that I find interesting, whether they inspire me or repulse me. I’ve always been an obsessive reader and I like collecting new words.


Flocculent: having or resembling tufts of wool.

Anodyne: not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so.

Threnody: a lament.

Petrichor: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

Pulchritudinous: physically beautiful; comely.

Vellichor: the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time — filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.

Obstreperous: noisy and difficult to control.

Logorrhea: a tendency to extreme loquacity.

Gallimaufry: A jumble; a hodgepodge.

Sangfroid: composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances.


Disseminate: spread or disperse (something, especially information) widely: health authorities should foster good practice by disseminating information.

Diddling: to play or mess with.

Peon: a person who does menial work; a drudge.

Pivot: to completely change the way in which one does something.

Transformational: relating to or involving transformation or transformations.