What makes a word powerful is the emotional impact on the reader - what the word means (it’s definition) can be taken in many different ways depending on you. That’s the beauty of subjectivity and individual thought. You may relate to the word because it hits you with nostalgia, curiosity, creativity or because it empowers, inspires or stimulates you. It may be thought provoking, uplifting, calming or helpful to you. Or it may be dark, mysterious or profound. Deep, meaningful words can help you understand yourself, your place in the worldaround you, and the ideas and concepts that shape our collective and shared shared human experience.
DIRECTORY OF THE LOGOPHILE LIBRARY words are categorized by chapters in individual lists or features. Features are by topic & present vocabulary, research, articles & narratives. Reference Corner: helpfulguide to help you learn more about language and words
WELCOME LOGOPHILES AND WRITERS! This blog is filled with beautifully obscure words - the rare and unusual gems you don’t see everyday. They are hidden in our language as well as the languages around the globe. If you are looking to expand your vocabulary to include rare, unusual and obscure words then you are home!
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View the chapters at the top of the screen to get a feel for the site organization and jump into any of the collections to start boosting your vocabulary power. Search this site and all word lists using the search box in the directory above or by using the advanced searchto search this site & my books.
Pondering the Phobia- PhobiasandLibrary: Complete collection of real and figurative phobias to ponder and if you need help with real fear, check the library for the associated content from my series of mindful self care guides on managing mental health needs like fear and anxiety. I write more than dictionaries! Presented by theDARK SIDE OF THE MOON
All the words come from global literary and language resources with modern or historical etymological references. I try to include as much information as I can, so some may have an in-depth perspective or analysis , and others may just be a simple definition. I call these words “beautifulwords” because of their rarity or obscurity but also because as a logophile, words are beautiful to me. I publish them to bring them into common usage and to help readers like you boost your vocabulary for your own curiosity and imagination , interest, andintellectualdevelopment, and for use in your communications and writing. They can also be used in Scrabble and Words With Friends!
ADULT CONTENT WARNING Be forewarned that all word classifications are found here. This includes profanity, slang and offensive words. Disclaimers are provided but if you are sensitive to these words be careful in the Slang section (especially French, British & Aussie). Better yet - consider the whole chapter of the Dark Side of the Moon - as NSFW.
CURIOSITY OPENS THE DOOR. Language and words show you the world
BEAUTIFULLY OBSCURE WORDS
I define my words by a variety of methods including lists, special features, downloadable guides, books, blogs, websites, and posts on Twitter and Pinterest. Learn about each method with an overview of types of word lists available
View my special featured lists by theme for a more expansive collection of words. The inspiration for these features come from me asking a question and then hunting down the answers. 6 years ago I had a question about the brain. I have written 9 mindful self care books.
This site is an intellectual exploration and journey that leads to knowledge through language. Features include descriptive writing that explores a topic and the history, context, etymology, literary analysis, philosophical theory and understanding of meaning.
This site is one part of my series of beautiful words. I publish vocabulary in blog and book format.Currently there are four sets of books and blogs. Topics include creativity, language and the literary mind, and the complexity of the brain and the power of your mind.