Word Tasting Note Index

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Words with asterisks have fictional vignettes. Words in italic are guest tastings.

A Word Taster’s Companion
Let’s get started
What makes a word
The world speaks in harmony
Horseshoes, hand grenades… and phonemes
The vowel circle
The long and short of it
The consonant line
Stop! What are you doing?
The nose knows
Sushi thief!
Ah, frick it
Lovely, lyrical liquids
Wow! Yay! Glides!
Huh. Is that all? Uh-uh.
Syllables 1: The basic bits
Syllables 2: Breaking words
Syllables 3: The rhythm method

Abbottabad
abeyance
ablaut
about
abracadabra
academia
acanthaceous
acatalectic
acorn
acromegaly
acumen
adder
ad hominem*
administrivia
adnexa
adventure
adventure (as published in The Spanner)
aegis
aelbaroate*
affricate
aftermath
agelast
aglet
agnate
agrochemical
ai
ajar
akimbo
album
alcatras
aleatory
alethic
alfalfa
allure
aloof
amanuensis
ambsace
amortization
amphigouri
amphithect
anaclastic
anacoluthon
anagnorisis
anarchist
anathema
anglice*
anniversary
annunciation
anodyne
anoplothere
antagonistic
Antilles
any more, anymore
anyways
aplomb
apocolocyntosis
apodictic
apologetic*
apoplectic
apostrophe
apotropaic
approximately
arabesque
Arcadia
architrave
ark
around
artisan
ascapartic
Ascot
ash
aspic
aspidistra
asterism
ataraxy, ataractic
attention
at the end of the day*
aubergine
autodidacticism
avarice
awesame
awesome
awkward

baa
badger
bagel
bahuvrihi
bakkushan
baksheesh
balaclava
baleful
balk
ballade
balls
Banff
bannock
bar
bargello
barque (shorter)
barque (longer)
basmati
bayonet
beefcake*
begat
begroan*
beg the question*
bellwether
benighted
benignant
benthic
bershon
besom
bespoke*
biannual
bibelot
bibelot (again)
bibliography
Billy
bind
binder
bisphosphonate
bitch
biweekly*
blaspheme
blatjang
BMW
bobcat
bobotie
bodice
bodkin
boffin
bogus
bokeh
bolero
bollard
bombinate
bonk
book it
bookkeeper
bookstore, bookshop
boon
boondocks
boot*
borage
borax
borborygmus
bosky
boson
bound
brachydactyly
brassiere
brazen
brink
brouhaha
Brugge
budgerigar
buffalo
bugaboo
bugbear
bulldoze
bulrush
bung
bungle
bunting
bupkes
burdock
burglar
bussing*
buxom*
by

caboodle
cacao
cachexy*
cachinnate
cacophony
cadre
Caerphilly*
cakehole
Calgary
calque*
CamelCase
camisole
canary
cancan
canola
canoodle
can’t
caparison
captious
carapacity
carboy*
cardamom
cardigan
carfax
Carib
carnage
carnival
carob
carol
caseness
cataclasm
catamidiate
catamount
cataplectic
catarrh
cataskeuastic
catercorner
catharsis
catsup
cattery
cattleguard
caudate
cepstrum
cerumen
chaff
chai*
chameleon
champagne
chance
changeroom
chalastic
chalcedony
Charlevoix
chatterati
chelp
chesterfield
chiaroscuro
chicest
Chicxulub
chilblain
childish & childlike
chillax
chipmunk
chirality
chirm
chitterlings
Christie
chrysotile
chuckwagon
chum*
chupacabra
churrus
chutzpah
cicada
cicatrix
cicisbeo
cilantro
circa
cissoid
*ckle
claret
clarion
clerestory
clerihew
cloaca (shorter)
cloaca (longer)
clobber
cnicnode
Cobb salad
coccygeal, coccyx
coelecanth
cognoscenti
coitus
collyrium
combinatorics
combine
comptroller
concatenate
conch
conciliation
conclave
concupiscence
condign
confetti
congeries
conjunctiva
conundrum
coolth
coriander
cormorant
corroborate
corroboree
cortex
coruscating
corvette
coryphaeus
coryza
costus
couch
coulis
coup de grâce*
couture
Coxsackie
crackerjack
craic
cranny
crapulous
crass (shorter)
crass (longer)
crazy*
creole
crepitate
crepuscular
crestfallen
cría
cricket
crisp*
crispy*
croissant
cromulent*
crotchet
crucial
crwth
cryoconite
ctenophore
cubicle
culch
cull
cupidity
curiouser
curlicue
curmudgeon
curry favour*
cursive
curt
cwm

dabchick
dacre
dactylitis
daft & daffy
dandelion
dank
dawdle
decade
definite, definitely
dehisce
delicacy
delice
delope*
delphin
deliquium*
demesne
demijohn*
demure
desaturate
descry
desolate
dewildered
dewlap
diacritic
dicatspora
dilapidated
dingle*
dioecious*
disaster
discobolus
discobolus (again)
disgruntled
dishevelled
disinterested
distill
dogpile
doldrums
don
donzerly
doobie
doozy
dormouse
doubt
drecky
drupe*
dryad
dubious
duds, dud
dugong
dulse
duodenojejunal
durian
dyvour
dweeb*
dwindle

e
eac
earl-url-irl
earthling
Easter
ebriety
ecchymotic
Eccles
ecphore
edentulous
e’en
effrontery
Eglinton
egregious
eh
ejective
ekker
élan
elderberry
eldritch
eleemosynary
elegiac
elfin
elope*
Elton
elute*
Elvis
embargo
embiggen*
emphasis
emphatic
empyrean
enchiridion
encomium
endive
endorse
enfeoff
ennui
enormity
ent
entomophagy
epergne
epic*
epicene
episcotister
erg
ersatz
erumpent
escapee
escovitch
esculent
escutcheon
esophagogastro-duodenoscopy
esoterogeny
espadrille
esurient
eternal & everlasting
ethereal
etiolated
eulachon
euphony
euphuism
Europe
evanescent
evening
eviscerate
evite, Evite, evitable*
evopropinquitous
ewage*
expletive*
exophthalmic
Exshaw
Eyjafjallajökull

fadfix
fail
faldstool
fandango
fantastic
fantods
farthingale
fatberg
fatigue
fatuous
faze
feral
fervent
fey
filibuster
finicky
firmament
fissiparous
fisticuffs
fixin’s
fized
flamenco
flautist
flaxseed
fleer
flibbertigibbet
flirt
floatel
floccose
floordrobe
flummox
flutterbudget*
Fnu Lnu
foetid
fogy, fogey
foist
foliage
foolscap
forehead
forficate
fortitude
fortune
forty-five
forty-two*
four very long words*
foxtrot
frabjous
fracas
fractal
frantic
fraught
fream
frenetic
frenzy
freshet
freshing
fricative*
frisky
frippery
frith
frontier
frosh*
frug
frugvolous
fry
fuchsia
fugxury
fulgurant
funambulist
fungible, fungi*
futalognkosaurus
futhorc
gaga
gainsay
galangal
gall
gallimaufry
galore (shorter)
galore (longer)
galosh
gambol
gamine
gangbusters
gangrene
gargoyle
Gasherbrum
gastropub*
gecko*
geek
geezer
genitive
geoduck
Geronimo
gerrymander
get*
get-go*
Gewürztraminer
ghetto
ghost
ghrelin
gibbous
giblet
giddyup
git
glad
Glagolitic
Glenbow
glint
glint (again)
glitch
glitter
glosa
glossolalia
gobbet
gobbler
gobsmacked
gongoozler
goon
gorgeous
gossip
gotten
gowpen
grackle
grasshopper
grawlix
greed
grimalkin
griot
grits
grizzled
groceries
groundhog*
gruelling
gsnerk
guan
guar
guava
guduchi
guggul
guillemet, guillemot
Guinea
gulch
gummy
gutta-percha
guyot*
guys*
gyrfalcon
gyttja

hack
haggis
Halifax, Haligonian
hallelujah
hallmark
hallux
Hamtramck
hangover
haplology
Hardanger
hark
haruspex
hatch*
hatchet*
hauberk
hearth
Hedda
hegemony
heist
helminth
helter-skelter
hemistich
hermetic
hesher
hiatus
hiccup
hick
hidalgo
high muck-a-muck
hijinks
hinterland
hippopotamus
hirple
hoard
hockey
holiday
homage
homily
honcho
hoosegow
hootenanny
hopefully
horde
horrisonous
horseshoer
however*
hubbub* (vignette)
hubbub (non-vignette)
huh
hung*
hurricane
hurricane
hurst
hurt
hussy
hyperforeignism*
hyperreal
hypnopomp
hyrax
hyssop
hysteresis*

I
ictus
idioblast
idiolect
if and when
iff
iff (again)
ignotum
ilex
Illecillewaet
illeist*
ill-starred
incarnadine
incent, incentivize*
incessant
indigenous
in excelsis*
infenestration
infra dig
infrared
iniquity
inkling*
inlandish
insane*
insolite
intaglio
integrous
intinction
inveigle
Io
I plight thee my troth
Iqaluit
irenic
iridescent
irregardless
isogloss

jackdaw
Jeggings
jejune
je ne sais quoi*
Jennifer, juniper*
jiggery-pokery
jildi
Joan of Arc
jot
junket
just deserts

kabocha
Kalamata
Kananaskis
kaolin
katabatic
kempt
kenosis
kep
kerf
Kerguelen
kerof
kerfuffle
kestrel
ketchup
Keuka
kex
key
kinnikinnick
Kiribati
kith
kitsch*
kiwi*
kjerulfine
klister
kneck
koi
Koocanusa
kudos
kwashiorkor
kwikluk

labdanum
lackadaisically
laconic
lacrosse
lagniappe
lakh
lambent
lamprey
languor
largesse
lasso
latria
launder
laundromat
lede
legion
Leica
leveret
levirate
Lhasa
library
lightning
limbus
limpid
lingonberry
linguolabial
linseed
lipsynch
liqueur
littérateur
little
littoral*
livery
livid
loanword*
located
lockdown, lockup
loess
loligo
loom*
lorem ipsum
lottery
louche
lowly*
lumbago
lunch*
lung-bustingly
lurch
lush
lysis

macadamia
Macaronesia
macaw
Macon
macramé
maffick*
magi*
mainframe
malamanteau
malarkey
mammothrept
manatee
Mandheling
mandible
maneater
manila
mansplaying
manticore
mantissa
mantle, mantel
maple
maraschino
marathon
marijuana
marmoreal
maroon
marquetry
martini
mascarpone
maya
meatball
mediochre
megapixels
melancholy
mêlée
melisma
mensicus
mentor*
mercaptan
Mercedes
meretrix
merlot
merry*
Mesopotamia*
metonymy
midway
mildew
Milford
milli
milliner
milquetoast
minerality
minion
misadventure
misadventure (as published in The Spanner)
mischievous
missile*
mist
mizuna
mode, model, modest
mofette
mogul
moil
moist*
mojo
moksha
molossus & molasses*
monadnock
mondegreen*
Mondrian
monimolimnion
monoubiquitination
moribund*
Morley
morlock
morpheme
mortadella
moss
moulder
moulin
moxibustion
mucous/mucus*
muffuletta
mulct
mulligatawny
multiplicative inverse
mumpsimus
munch
munificent
munted, munter
murmuration
musk
mustelid
muumuu
my bad*
myopic
myriad*

nado
naiad
naïve
Nanki-poo
narthex
nativity
nauseous*
nautilus*
nefarious
nephelibate
nerd
nerve
nevertheless*
nictate, nictitate
nimbus
nincompoop
nitty-gritty
nocebo
nocturne
nog
noisome
nonce
nonetheless*
nook
nosegay
nostalgia
notwithstanding*
noxious
nudibranch
nugatory
nuisance
nullifidian
numismatics
nunatak
nunchuck

oasis
obelisk, obelus
oblipicha
obloquy
obmutescence
obnoxious
obnubilate*
obscure
occult
ocelot
octoroon
oculolinctus
odalisque
odious
often
ogdoad
Ohthere
ogham
Okanagan
oleaginous
oligarchy
olinguito
ommatidium
omnibus
omphalos, omphaloskepsis
ongoing
onomastics
onus
onychophagia
oot & aboot
ophicleide
opprobrium
orgeat
ornery
orrery
ostracize
otiose*
otter
ouche*
outrage
ovoviviparity
owl
oxalate
oyster

pacific
pagan*
Paganini*
painstaking*
pakora
pale*
palindrome
pangolin
panini*
pants*
parabens
paralipsis
parallax
paraphernalia
parbuckle
parenthesis, parentheses
parlous
parquetry
parsimonious
pashm
pasticcio, pastiche
patio
patter
pattern*
patty
peavey
pecan
pelican
pell-mell
penthouse
peplum
peptide
peregrination
perigee
perihelion
peristalsis
perk
Perm
permanganate
peroration, perorate
per se
persiflage
persnickety
pervicacious
pessimal
pesto
petal
petiolate
petrichor
phase*
philtrum
phlogiston
phlox
physalis
phocomele
phrenitic
phrensy
phronesis
phthiriasis
phthisis
phylloxera
phylum
pibgorn
Picasso
picrorhiza
pidgin
pie*
piehole
pika, pica*
pilchard
pillion
pillock
pinchbeck
pingle
pingo
pinguid
pinhole
pipe dream
piscicide
pissaladière
pissant
pitchblende
pith
pivotal
pizzazz
place, plaice*
plank*
plash
plenipotentiary
plouk
plump*
plunge
po
pogonotrophy
polygyny
pollex
polyphloisboian
pomfret
ponder
poop
poppycock
porkhock
pörkölt
position
posse
pow-wow
pram
prayer
precipitousness
premiss
preposition
preposterous
prerogative
prestidigitation
pretzel
prior
privacist
procrastination
prognathous
prolix
propaganda
prorogue
prosciutto
prusten
pschent
psithurism
psoas
psychedelic
psychopomp
ptosis
pulchritude
pulsatilla
punch
pupil
pygostyle
qawwal
qi
quadriceps
quad
quadruped
quantum
quagga
Quaoar
quarter
quefrency
quest
quetzal
quiddity
quidnunc
quirt
quodlibet
quondam
quux
qvevri
qwerty

radicchio
radish
radler
raglan
rag-tag
rahmonic
rambutan
rancio
raring
ravel
realm
rebar
rebozo
rebus
recrudesce, recrudescence
redaction
reefer
regatta
reluctant
remunerate
repugnant
requited
resveratrol
retiarius
reticent
retsina
rhabdomyolysis
rhinestone
rhizomatic
rictus
riddelliine
rife
riffle
rile
rim
risotto
roborant
rocket
rocococity
rodeo
rodomontade
roger
rondeau
rook
roundabout
roux
Roxanne
rudera
rue
rumpus
rupestral*

saccade
sackbut
sacroiliitis
salacious
salchow
salitter
salmagundi
sanctimonious
sanpaku
Sanskrit
sarcophagus
Sardanapalian
sardonyx
satisficing
Saturnalia
sauromorph
savage
savour
scabrous
scad
scandalize
scapegrace
scapula
scarth
scathe
scattermalia
Schadenfreude
schism
schlimazel
school
school bus
schorl
schrol
scintilla
scion
sconce
scone
scotomata
scoundrel
scrat
scratchative
scree
screwball
scribble
scrimp
scrum
scud
scumble
scut
scuttlebutt
seclusive
seductive
seeded
selachian
semelparity
semolina
senescence
seneschal
sensical
sequelæ
sequoia
serendipity
sesame
sewist
sforzando
shallow
shaman
shammash
shampoo
shandy
shawm
sheer
shelfie
shellac
sherbet
shibboleth
shill
shimmer
shindig
shirr*
shit*
shiva
shock
shotglass
shrove
shyster
sidereal
silence
silo
sinecure
sistroid
situated
sketchy (brief note)
sketchy (vignette)*
skeuomorph
skink
skirl*
skiving*
sknx
skosh
skulk (detailed notes)
skulk (shorter)
slattern
sledgehammer
sleuth
sloe-eyed
slot
sloven
slum
slumber
small
smark
smarmy
smartfounded
smidgen
smite, smote, smitten
smithereens
smooch
smorzando
snaggletoothed
snarf
sned
snide
snipe
snite
snood
snuck
soccer
sockdolager
sockeye
sofa
solfatara
solipsism
Somerset
Sonoma
sough
sparkler
spatchcock
spear
spell*
spermaceti
sphagnum
splanchnic
spleen
spoffle
sprat
springe
spruce*
spruiking
Spuzzum
squee*
squidgeemorrow
squiffy
squinch
stanch*
staple
starboard
starling*
stash
staunch*
steatopygian*
stench*
stenosis
stenosis (again, with memories this time)
stentorian
sternutatory
stew*
stifle
stoic
stollen
stook
stracciatella
stracotto
straphanger
strudel
stupeous
stupor
styrax
Styx, Stygian
subgum
succinct
succotash
suffer
summer
supercilious
superior
supernatant
surreal
surreptitious
Susan*
susurrus
Suzanniwana
svelte
swage
Swansea
swarthy
sweatxedo
swelter
swim
swizzle
swoopstake
sybaritic
sycophant
sylphlike
syne*
synecdoche

tacet
taffeta
taikonaut
tang
tantamount
Tantric
tardigrade
tarsier
technetium
teepee
teetotum
teh
temblor
tempura*
tenterhooks*
tentiginous
tercel
tergiversation
terpsichorean
terse
thaumaturge
thelemite
theorbo
thermos
they
thither
thixotropic
thole
thoroughfare
thrall
threshold
throng
thrum
thurifer
thwack*
tibia
tidbit
tiglylglycine
tiny, perfect
titbit
tittup*
Tivoli
tiza
tmesis*
toad
toadstool
tocsin
toilet*
tolerance
tome
tomentose
tone
toodle-oo
toque
torrid
tortrix
tosh
Toto
to wit
town
tragic, tragedy
trail
traminette
tranche
trank
transhumant
transom
travesty
tribology
triboluminescence
trifle*
trilby
trinitite
triolet
triptych*
triticale
tritone
trollop
Troy, Trojan
truckle
truffle
tuches
tumbrel
tuque
turpitude
turquoise
tussive
twee
twelve
twerp
two-peat

ubiety
uffish
uglily
U-ie
uisce
ultramarine
ulu
umami
umpteen
unceasing
uncleft
unctuousness
under the sea
undertaker
unhighlighted
unreal
unreel
untrammelled
unununium
upsot
urban, urbane*
usher
usufruct
usurp
utriform
uvula
uxorious

vacay
vaccine
vade mecum
Valentine
valetudinarian
valour
vamp
Vancouver
vapid
varmint
velleity
vellicate
venial & venal
venture
verdant
verecund
vertex
vertigo
vespertine
vex*
vibrio
vice*
Vichyssoise
victual
vignette, vignetting
vinculum
viraginity
virch
virga
viscid
voice
vouchsafe
vow
vuvuzela
vuln

walrus
wan
warfarin
warlock
wassail
watercress
wax*
welkin
well-being
wend
Wendy*
wetin
wh-
wharf
whereabouts*
wherefore
whiffle
whilom*
whilst
whimsy*
whitebait
whored
whippersnapper
whippletree
widespread & ubiquitous
willy-nilly
win
winningest
wlat
woof
Worcestershire*
worsted
wonk
wreak
wrench
wrest
wretched
writhe

xenial
xing
xiphoid
xoloitzcuintli
xu
xylol, xylyl
xynomavro
xyst

yam
Yamnuska
yank
yearbook
yeehaw
yex
yield
ylem
yoik, yoicks
ytterbium
yule
yump

zaftig*
zarf
zen
zeaxanthin
zein
ziggurat
zilch
zoom
zoom lens
zucchini
Zubrowka
Zugunruhe
zugzwang
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A synaesthete’s letter tastings

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