Did you know that January 9th is Word Nerd Day? Yeah, I didn’t either. That’s okay, now that we know about it, we can celebrate it, right? Right! So, what’s a Word Nerd anyway? The Urban Dictionary has seven definitions but #3 is my favorite.
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A word nerd is someone good at word-related subjects, like grammar and foreign languages. I don’t know if I’m good at grammar but I do know that I love words and their etymology! So, by my own definition, I am a complete word nerd. Don’t believe me? Here’s a few of my favorite words:
- Epistolize – to write a letter. That would make me an epistolarian. If you’d like to become an epsitolarian (I just love writing that word!) but don’t know where to start, try For the Love of Letters by Samara O’Shea.
- Pickwickian – meant or understood in a sense different from the apparent or usual one. The word originates from Mr. Pickwick, the main character of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.
- Sesquipedalian – given to using long words. I’m not quite that bad but someone else is as they invented the next word.
- Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – the fear of long words. While it’s pretty long – weighing in at 36 characters – it was put together for the sole purpose of being a long word. Antidisestablishmentarianism is usually considered the longest word in the English language. See? You learn something new everyday!
- Sussurrus – a whispering sound or soft rustling. Personally, I love that it hits so many of my favorite literary devices, like onomatopoeia and sibilance.
And if that weren’t enough, here’s a few interesting facts about words:
- Shakespeare may or may not have invented many of the common words we use today. So, whether his works popularized existing words or included entirely new words, our vocabulary now boasts such words as majestic, label, gloomy, critic, submerge, and zany. Thanks, Bill!
- The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle and the pound sign on the number 3 key is actually an octothorpe.
- Stewardess is the longest English word that can be typed with the left hand. Don’t believe me? Give a try yourself.
- Uncopyrightable is the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter.
- Underground is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with “und.”
- And if this wasn’t enough word nerdery for you, you can always check out The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth.
So, what about you, my fine word nerd friend? What words are your favorites? Do you have a piece of word lore you’d like to share? Tell me all about it in the comments below! [icon type=”fa fa-hand-o-down” color=”#ff00ff” fontsize=”25″]