Welcome to the second half of my A to Z blog hop finale word list.
Missed the first half? Find A through K here.
The A to Z list, continued:
Ledgerdemain – trickery, sleight of hand. One of those words that sounds nothing like it means. Another fine example of an un-onomatopoetic word is pulchritude, which means beauty.
Myrmidons – legendary Thessalian warriors, or hired ruffians or unscrupulous subordinates. Immortalized in that famous Shakespearean line:
I did impeticos thy gratillity; for Malvolio’s nose is no whipstock: my lady has a white hand, and the Myrmidons are no bottle-ale houses.
Nebelwerfer – a six-barreled rocket mortar. (Although it sounds like something small and round with bright purple fur.)
Oe – a whirlwind near the Faeroe Islands. Admittedly obscure, but a very useful word to know in certain situations.
Prevaricate – to speak or act in an evasive way, to avoid the truth. “Many fictional characters are experts at prevaricating.” Learn more.
Qat,Qi &Qoph (a three-fer) – The national pastime of Yemen, the Chinese concept of natural energy and a Hebrew letter (ק). Need I mention why you should know all three?
Retronym – a term specifying the original meaning of a noun once a new version has been developed. Examples include analog clock, manual typewriter, and acoustic guitar.
Troglodyte – a caveman, or a person being deliberately old-fashioned. “My mom is a technological troglodyte. She still uses a TracFone.”
Unkindness – the collective term for a group of ravens. Not to be confused with a murder of crows, a parliament of rooks, a wake of buzzards, or an ostentation of peacocks. See more group names here.
Verbicide – intentional distortion of a word’s meaning. “His puns are so bad, he commits acts of verbicide every time he talks.” Learn more about verbal crimes here. I also found an a e-mag called Verbicide, (although it is not clear why.)
Wonky – crooked, unsteady, or not functioning properly.
The Stargazer stood on a corner, with the usual arrangement of crazy-patterned marble counters at right angles where, come lunchtime, big pots of unappetizing broths would attract more flies than customers. Inside, a wonky shelf had been nailed to a wall, using too-short nails. Beakers in various sizes were perched on it, ready to crash off when the fixings gave way. A faded sign on one wall offered varieties of wine, with illegible notes of their prices. From Enemies at Home by Lindsey Davis.
Xebec (also spelled zebec)– a three-masted ship with a lateen sails and an overhanging bowsprit, similar to a corsair galley.
Yttrium – one of those elements you don’t know anything about. Named for the town of Ytterby in Sweden where it was discovered.
As I mentioned last week, a zarf is an ornamental cup holder. It nets 16 points in Scrabble and 27 in Quiddler. Looking for an even higher score? try these:
Zax – a hand tool used to prepare slate roofing tiles. Worth 19 points in Scrabble or 28 in Quiddler.
or, even better…
Zymurgy – the branch of chemistry dealing with fermentation, as in beermaking, winemaking, or bootlegging. It nets a whopping 25 points in Scrabble or 42 points in Quiddler. And just to prove I didn’t make it up , here is a link to Zymurgy magazine.