As you know, from time to time I blog about wonderful weird words for you to learn. Here’s this week’s crop!


Synecdoche is a really interesting word: it comes from the Greek word meaning simultaneous understanding.

It is a type of figurative speech used as attaching a characteristic (natural or human) to a non-human object. Some good examples for synecdoche include the substitution of “bling” for jewelry or “boots” for soldiers.  Also, a synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a term for a part of something refers to the whole of something or vice versa.


Clinomania is an excessive desire to stay in bed. Example: I definitely have clinomania; I love sleeping, making mornings a struggle for me. Clinomania, as its name suggests, is a psychological term, not a physical one.


This is such a lovely word. A Pluviophile is a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days. Example: My sister is a real pluviophile; she really enjoys the weather in the rainy season.


Now this is a word that perfectly describes many people, and you may be one! This refers to someone who is afraid of running out of things to read. We’re guessing that you are probably going to start using this word to describe yourself as you head out the door to the nearest local bookshop or onto the internet to have some books delivered to your home or office.

Colored Mondays | Funny umbrella, Umbrella, Cute umbrellasBumbershoot

A fun word that many people know. This is referring to an umbrella and is something we have heard in many a Disney film or in many different books. It is quite fun to grab your umbrella and say in a fun voice, “I think I need my bumbershoot today!” I think we all need to say bumbershoot more often! It’s such a good word that it has also now been adopted for a number of outdoor festival events.


The origin of this word is unknown, but it first surfaced around 1868. The definition of “to lollygag” is someone who is messing around or wasting time. It also refers toLollygag : FUN-damentals by Susan Clarke someone who is doing something that isn’t serious or useful. This could be a good word to use when procrastinating, as in
“I’m just lollygagging.”

Are you a lollygagger? I think we all are sometimes!


One of my personal favourites: it’s an adjective meaning placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy. As in, “she’s very persnickety about her food”.


A kind of melancholic trance in which you can find yourself absorbed by little environmental details around you: raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee – in effect, briefly soaking in the experience of simply being alive, an act done purely for its own sake.

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