I’m excited to be launching the new website during the first week of April, which has come up quickly. Here are the words for the last week of March, and the first day of the new month: words for those things you didn’t know there were words for.

clarigation (klar-i-GAY-shuhn)

noun: a demand for restitution for some wrong, as a precursor to declaring war

Etymology
From Latin clarigare (to make clear), from clarus (clear). Earliest documented use: 1432

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“I would say ‘well done, BBC’ for inciting this joint clarigation from such bitter enemies just before an election.”
Susanne Cameron-Blackie; Maverick Meltdown; AnnaRaccoon.com; Mar 16, 2015.


apricity (a-PRIS-i-tee)

noun: warmth of the sun; basking in the sun

Etymology
From Latin apricari (to bask in the sun). Earliest documented use: 1623

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“As he stood in the sunshine, apricity began to cover him like a wool sweater.”
Ryan Patrick Sullivan; Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow; Trafford; 2014


punalua (poo-nuh-LOO-uh)

noun: a group of brothers marrying a group of sisters

Etymology
From Hawaiian. Earliest documented use: 1860

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“In turn, the Turanian kinship system reflects the organization on the basis of punalua and the gens.”
Marshall Sahlins; Culture and Practical Reason; University of Chicago Press; 1976


constative (kuhn-STAY-tiv, KON-stuh-)

noun: a statement that can be judged as true or false
adjective: capable of being true or false

Etymology
From Latin constare (to stand firm). Earliest documented use: 1901. This word is often contrasted with performative

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Declaring an active disinterest in the constative question of whether Mitchy’s arrangement with Petherton is or is not a scandal …”
David Kurnick; Empty Houses; Princeton University Press; 2012.


entoptic (en-TOP-tik)

adjective: to images that originate within the eye (as opposed to images resulting from the light entering the eye).
Example: floaters, thread-like fragments that appear to float in front of the eye but are caused by the matter within the eye.

Etymology
From Greek ento- (within) + optic (relating to the eye or sight). Earliest documented use: 1876

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“The people whom we loved seem to float across our hearts (like those entoptic specks that drift across our eyeballs).”
Mark Leyner; My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist; Vintage; 1990

 

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