Wonderful Words

Words not very often used 02:03

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Here are some more words that surprised me this week with interesting meanings.

As a writer and a general word nerd, I find words fascinating. And beautiful and all those lyrical things.



  • unreasonably determined, especially to act in a particular way and not to change at all, despite what anyone else says (e.g. She follows an obstinate conviction to not change or compromise)
  • used to describe a problem, situation or thing that is difficult to deal with, remove or defeat (e.g. Invading troops met with obstinate resistance by guerrilla forces)
  • something so silly or extreme that you are unable to take it seriously; disapproval (e.g. a farcical nine months’ jail sentence imposed yesterday on a killer)
  • a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks (e.g. the tin oxide was very thinly scattered within the lode)
  • rich source or supply (e.g. found a lode of important documents in the archives)
  • kind and generous, especially to someone that you have defeated
  • willing to forgive people, or willing to be kind and fair (e.g. the team was magnanimous in defeat)
  • characterised by shyness and modesty; reserved
  • affectedly or coyly decorous, sober or sedate (e.g. demurely they poured drinks and politely tried to speak English)
  • it doesn’t mean anything, but it has a rough, crunchy sound so it can be used to describe anything bad (e.g. the veritable Pobble who went to fish for his Aunt Jobiska’s runcible cat with crimson whiskers)
  • verb form is “to runcibate” (e.g. stop runcibating, you’re driving me crazy)
  • a hard yellow fruit, used for making jelly or jam (e.g. quince jam)
  • short for quinceañera: a big 15th birthday party popular among Hispanic families, it celebrates a girl’s coming of age in much the same way a “sweet sixteen” birthday does in some Anglo cultures, but is usually more elaborate – a combination of sweet sixteen, Catholic religious ceremony, and debutante ball (e.g. Laura asked her father to spend R2 000 on her dress for her quince)
  • an abnormal looking nose, usually somewhat of a dangling ‘u’ shape
  • a person of animal with such a nose
  • rowdy rambunctious individual
  • land with a soft muddy surface (e.g. in early April it becomes a quagmire where people challenge their four-wheel-drives in the mud)
  • a difficult or precarious situation; a predicament (e.g. but the prospect of hostage-taking opens up a new quagmire)
  • a small, decorative object, especially in a house (e.g. the shelves were covered with ornaments and useless knick-knacks)

And that is it on my list of weird and wonderful words.

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Until next time!