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Do weird words put you into a rapture? Are you a self-identified logophile? (Not to be confused with a lycophiliac - a lover of darkness - or the lithophilous - those who live among stones.)

James and Michael Fitzgerald

James and Michael Fitzgerald

Well, from one word freak to another, let me share with you this delightful work by The Project Twins, a talented team of graphic artists (and brothers), The A-Z of Unusual Words.  James and Michael Fitzgerald live and work in Ireland. Their bold and deeply smart graphics may look familiar - their style is much imitated.

From their About page on their website:

Humour, irony and wit pervade their work while bold and playful graphics explore ideas of absurdity, identity and the mundane. Their use of minimal forms and bold shapes, rooted in the visual language of graphic design and semiotics, result in work that appears to directly communicate while also retaining a sense of ambiguity.
They work together through a process of dialogue and sketching, continually reducing forms to their most basic elements. Their work presents various dualities between the serious and the ridiculous, the melancholic and the joyful.

You can buy prints from their online shop or explore their work further on their Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Here below you have all 26 weird and wonderful words, with an attempt to use each in a sentence. 

Enjoy!

ACERSECOMIC : A person whose hair has never been cut.

ACERSECOMIC : A person whose hair has never been cut.

A river of hair, twisted atop a head,  make for a mountain or one big fluffy bed!

BIBLIOCLASM: The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media

BIBLIOCLASM: The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media

.Book burning?! Such activities should be relegated to the dusty annals of history.

CACODEMONOMANIA: The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit.

CACODEMONOMANIA: The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit.

Do exorcists rely on cacodemonomaniacs?

DACTYLION: An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger.

DACTYLION: An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger.

At first glance, his dactylion looked like a bread crumb. Or, I thought he was being rude, but he was attempting to show me his dactylion. ;)

ENANTIODROMIA: The conversion of something into its opposite.

ENANTIODROMIA: The conversion of something into its opposite.

The film offered an experience of enantiodromia; over 90 minutes the viewer's horror is transformed into empathy.

FANFARONADE: Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.

FANFARONADE: Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.

The webcast of the congressional hearing was one long fanfaronade.

GORGONIZE: To have a paralysing or mesmerising effect on; Stupefy or Petrify.

GORGONIZE: To have a paralysing or mesmerising effect on; Stupefy or Petrify.

Beleaguered by the crowd's stupidity, she daydreamed of gorgonizing them all with one glance.

HAMARTIA: The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.

HAMARTIA: The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.

Achilles' hamartia was his heel.

INFANDOUS: Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned.

INFANDOUS: Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned.

You'd have thought his infandous behavior would've killed his candidacy.

JETTATURA: The casting of an evil eye.

JETTATURA: The casting of an evil eye.

Jettatura must require some measure of bravura.

KTENOLOGY: The science of putting people to death.

KTENOLOGY: The science of putting people to death.

Do ktenologists have problems dating?

LEPTOSOME: A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.

LEPTOSOME: A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.

Seen in profile, the cluster of leptosomes could almost be mistaken for trees.

MONTIVAGANT: Wandering over hills and mountains.

MONTIVAGANT: Wandering over hills and mountains.

Since his accident, his montivagant proclivities had been restricted to his mind.

Noegenesis: Production of knowledge.

Noegenesis: Production of knowledge.

My laconic, motionless brother claims to be absorbed in noegenesis.

Ostentiferous: Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.

Ostentiferous: Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.

Poe's ostentiferous raven still haunts my dreams.

Pogonotrophy: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.

Pogonotrophy: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.

Today's hirsute inhabitants of Brooklyn and Oakland practice the arts of pogonotrophy, inspiring thousands of artesanal grooming products.

Quockerwodger: A rare nineteenth-century word for a wooden toy which briefly became a political insult.

Quockerwodger: A rare nineteenth-century word for a wooden toy which briefly became a political insult.

Recumbentibus: A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.

Recumbentibus: A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.

Leveled by recumbentibus, the stunned victim could only watch the dancing colors.

Scripturient: Possessing a violent desire to write.

Scripturient: Possessing a violent desire to write.

She surrendered to the scripturient impulse and wrote long into the next week.

Tarantism: A disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to dance.

Tarantism: A disorder characterised by an uncontrollable urge to dance.

Did Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun make her the celebrity spokesperson for tarantism?

Ultracrepidarian: A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.

Ultracrepidarian: A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.

Accosted by amateurs and ultracrepidarians, the speaker vowed never to hold another Q & A.

Vernalagnia: A romantic mood brought on by Spring.

Vernalagnia: A romantic mood brought on by Spring.

Does this explain why Valentine's Day comes too early for some?

Welter: A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.

Welter: A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.

The aforegone conclusion of too much helter skelter.

Xenization: The act of traveling as a stranger.

Xenization: The act of traveling as a stranger.

This is a curious one. Does this mean the act of traveling disguised or being unknown to oneself? Who decides that xenization is taking place? The onlooker or the traveler? So many questions!!

Yonderly: Mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded.

Yonderly: Mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded.

She wandered yonderly, as a cloud, through the crowded room.

Zugzwang: A position in which any decision or move will result in problem

Zugzwang: A position in which any decision or move will result in problem

She was paralyzed by the zugzwang on the horizon.

Which of these are your favorites? Tell us your favorite weird words in the comments!

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