Sometimes it can be tough to find the words to say what you mean. It’s almost as if life itself is a word search, except instead of looking for the just-perfect string of letters inside a grid of letters, you’re doing that with your brain’s language center. Here are some rare, obscure, and strange terms—each with an extremely specific meaning.
Apricate: to lie around in and enjoy the sunshine.
Sonder: when one realize that strangers have lives as complicated as one’s own.
Morgenfrisk: feeling rested after a night of quality, restful sleep.
Douceur: a bribe.
Oienomel: something both strong and sweet.
Doss: to take a spontaneous nap, right wherever you are.
Furphy: a rumor.
Elflock: tangled or matted hair.
Metanoia: a radical change in one’s personal philosophy or outlook.
Deipnosophist: one who is excellent at dinner conversation.
Balter: to dance poorly but have a good time nonetheless.
Lucida: a constellation’s brightest star.
Overmorrow: the day after tomorrow.
Yestreen: yesterday, at night.
Morii: the desperate need to document a spontaneous moment with a photograph or a video.
Sturmfrei: the exhilarating feeling of freedom associated with being alone.
Hygge: a sense of warmth and contentment.
Lustrum: half of a decade, or five years.
Eximious: distinguished in one’s field.
Mythomane: a person prone to lying.
Gigil: the compulsion to hug or squeeze a loved one.
Obnubilate: to purposely obscure.
Mulligrubs: a bad mood.
Accismus: the act of pretending to not be interested in something that one absolutely, passionately desires.
Limerance: a state of anxiety that results from feeling romantically attracted to someone and having a deep need to have them like you back.
Nemophilist: one with a keen to passionate interest in forests.
Uhtceare: the feeling of waking up too early with a sense of anxiety or worry.
Prevaricate: to give a meandering, wishy-washy answer rather than be decisive and direct.
Crepuscular: it describes an animal who is most active at dusk and at dawn.
Exulansis: the impulse to stop talking about a unique or profound experience because others can’t relate.
Absquatulate: to quickly or spontaneously leave a place or gathering without announcing it or saying goodbye to anyone.