ORIGIN: New Latin stentorophonicus, from Greek Stentōr Stentor + -o- + phōnē voice + Latin -icus -ic
DEFINITION: speaking or sounding very loud
SENTENCE: Most babies tend to be stentorophonic.
WHY IT’S INTERESTING: I happen to know several stentorophonic people, myself included.
polyptoton (plural polyptota)
ORIGIN: Late Latin, from Greek polyptōton, neuter of polyptōtos using many cases of the same word, from poly- + ptōtos (from piptein to fall, influenced in meaning by Greek ptōsis case)
DEFINITION: the rhetorical repetition of a word in a different case, inflection, or voice in the same sentence
SENTENCE: The most common example I’ve seen of polyptoton in English is Tennyson’s “my own heart’s heart, and my ownest own.”
WHY IT’S INTERESTING: I happen to like words that originated from Greek, and this is no exception. The word also has a slightly odd pronunciation: the accent is on the third syllable, not the second.
ORIGIN: alteration of earlier bletherskate, from blether + skate (fish)
1: a blustering, talkative and often incompetent person
2: nonsense, blather
3: ruddy duck
SENTENCE: The worst kind of blatherskite is the one that follows you around all the time.
WHY IT’S INTERESTING: Fortunately, I don’t live around any blatherskites, but if I did, they’d probably drive me crazy.
DEFINITION: sensibility to conformance with or divergence from the established usage (as in form or idiom) of a language
SENTENCE: The skilled linguist had a very dependable sprachgefühl.
DEFINITION: a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice
SENTENCE: Several penguins lived around the nunatak.
DEFINITION: enjoyment of the mishaps of others
SENTENCE: People who express schadenfreude should be ashamed of themselves. (Really, they should.)
ORIGIN: International Scientific Vocabulary
DEFINITION: the treatment of disease by baths
SENTENCE: The balneologist treated his patient using balneotherapy.