People Share The Most Obscure English Words They Know That Most People Don't

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Language is a beautiful thing.... especially when used properly. The amount of words people aren't aware of is staggering ( (or "vertiginous"). There is a vast amount of knowledge that is dying to be read and used. So go out and pick yourself up a thesaurus and dictionary and do some reading and learning. You can begin with this piece...

Redditor u/Mandoe20 wanted to discuss some verbiage that is far too unknown. The more you know, the more you can share. The question was.....

What are some English words that not a lot of people know of?


Bodies....

Giphy

Syzygy - when three celestial bodies are aligned, usually the earth, moon, & sun.

mcmcc

be better...

Meliorism (so unknown my keyboard is trying to say it's a misspelled word)

"the belief that the world can be made better by human effort"

1ofdwights70cousins

I'm sorry to say that I'm afraid the world may not be amelioratable.

HoSang66er

Ameliorate - to make better 😃.

birrdude

Basics....

Giphy

Please.

Captain_WetPantz

Followed closely by thank you.

notsocraftyme

Don't forget you're welcome.

BtduBs907

Exisitng. 

Extant: the opposite of extinct; still in existence.

Girl-Here

Upvoted for not being a BS ten-syllable word no one would ever use. This could easily show up conversation, but it doesn't.

kuiperspeedboat

Days Ago....

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Overmorrow - The day after tomorrow.

alphaechothunder77

And ereyesterday - meaning two days ago.

cdifl

$$$

Monies, most people don't believe it's an actual word.

hypoch0ndriacs

I could be wrong, but I think "monies" might be to plural for amounts of money.

So:

There is the money you owe me for the building supplies.

There is the money you owe me for the building work.

There is the money you owe me for other expenses.

Together, these are the monies owed.

Cyb0rg-SluNk

The Setting.

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Crepuscule: The time of day immediately following sunset.

GDTBATH09

Cats. Cats are crepuscular.

Xylitolisbadforyou

Sprinkles....

Sprent. Although, to be fair, it is a word derived from Middle English, so it is pretty archaic.

It means to spray or sprinkle. My gran always used it to describe fat spitting off meat cooking on a grill. I'm not sure where she picked it up, I'm 99% certain that she wasn't around in the 14th century.

sleepyprojectionist

Whispers....

Giphy

Suserration-the whispering, rushing sound that nature can make, like a brook running over rocks. To me, it's the distant sound of wind in the trees as the gust comes closer, closer, until it hits—all sound and motion.

loopyjenjen

Years and Years...... 

Sesquicentennial: 150 years from the founding of something.

I_throw_socks_at_cat

Sesquicentennial means literally one and a half centennials, and I just like that so much. And there's sesquipedalianism which is a fondness for words that are a foot and a half long!

Nightmare_Gerbil

A lot of Canadians know this one since we celebrated ours three years ago.

CosyCatastrophist

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