33 Words (You’ve Never Heard Before) That Will Speak to Your Soul

updated Oct 22, 2023
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It’s time for a vocabulary lesson, just like in your school days. But this time, the lesson is full of words you didn’t know were words. These terms go mostly unused out in the world, but each one perfectly captures a thought, feeling, or moment you can completely relate to but never knew could be captured so succinctly. 

I scoured the top posts on Reddit’s Logophilia (the love of words and word games) subreddit and beyond to surface some of the more interesting — and, most importantly, real — words that make language just a little bit more beautiful and useful. Prepare to find some new favorite words. 

1. Decathect (v.)

To withdraw one’s feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss. 

2. Clinomania (n.)

An excessive desire to stay in bed. 

Someone who gives opinions beyond one’s area of expertise. 

4. Tidsoptimist (n.)

A person who’s habitually late because they think they have more time than they do.

5. Potvaliancy (n.)

Brave only as a result of being drunk. 

6. Sangfroid (n.)

The ability to stay calm in difficult or dangerous situations. 

7. Apricity (n.)

The warmth of the sun in winter. 

8. Swivet (n.)

A state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter.

9. Tacenda (n.)

Things not to be mentioned or made public — things better left unsaid. 

10. Trouvaille (n.)

A lucky find. 

11. Bibelot (n.)

A small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity. 

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12. Ailurophile (n.)

A cat fancier; a lover of cats.

13. Abditory (n.)

A place for hiding or preserving articles of value. 

14. Sprezzatura (n.)

Perfect conduct or performance of something (as an artistic endeavor) without apparent effort. 

15. Lachrymose (adj.)

Given to tears or weeping. 

16. Akrasia (n.)

The state of mind in which someone acts against their better judgment through weakness of will.

17. Cryptomnesia (n.)

When you forget that you’ve forgotten something, and perceive it as a new, original thought. 

18. Foofaraw (n.)

A great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant, or an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a building, etc.

19. Pogonotrophy (n.)

The cultivation of beards, beard-growing. 

20. Mumpsimus (n.)

Adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy. 

21. Lethologica (n.)

The inability to remember a word or put your finger on the right word. 

A cozy, snug space; a small comfortable room.

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A small mug of black coffee and the cup used to serve it.

Hodgepodge. An array of dissimilar items taken from different sources. 

A distinctive smell produced by rainfall on dry ground. 

A state of inactivity.

A decorative chain of flowers, ribbon, or foliage strung between two points.

The dawn in the early morning.

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A state of happiness and wellbeing.

Optimistic and positive. Eager hopefulness.

The realization that everyone has a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Whispering, rustling or murmuring, like a gentle breeze. 

A deep longing, especially for one’s home.

There. Now you can skip the next three weeks on your word-of-the-day calendar. Did you know any of these? Which is your favorite new word?