Luciferous Logolepsy
Dragging obscure words into the light of day


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Welcome to Luciferous Logolepsy, a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an "English" word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, derivative, archaic or abandoned words in what we loosely define as the "English Language", that a clear-cut definition seems impossible. For the purposes of this project though, words are included that may stretch any basic definitions. Particular attention has been paid to archaic words, as they tend to be more evocative - as if their very age lends additional meaning or overtones. Current personal favorites include "skirr", "epicaricacy" and "schizothemia".

(To build your own links to words, simply link to the page they are on, and add an anchor to the URL with the word, like this: http://www.kokogiak.com/logolepsy/ow_l.html#luciferous )

The letters in the menu above link to separate pages with words listed in alphabetical order. Click here to start with the letter "A", or choose any of the others above. The 'search' link leads to a basic search page, where you can search for a term in the many word definitions here - give it a try, it's a great way to discover new words related to a single subject.

The name of this project is also its description: Luciferous [adj. - illuminating, literally and figuratively] Logolepsy [n. - an obsession with words], in other words: 'an illuminating obsession with words'. For those with a thirst for even more interesting words, be sure to visit some of the sites on the list below.

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Outside Links:
The Online Plain Text English Dictionary
    based on the 1913 US Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Hutchinson Dictionary of Difficult Words
Forthright's Phrontistery
    International House of Logorrhea
World Wide Words
    International English from a British Standpoint
A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia
Wordsmith.org's A.Word.A.Day
Dictionary.com's "Word of the Day"
Mavens' (Formerly Jesse's) Word of the Day Archive
Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day
Worthless Word For the Day archive
They Have a Word for It (book review)
    words and concepts in various foreign languages that do not exist in the English