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Causeuse – [n.] – French furniture. An upholstered settee for two persons. All images via The Dead Words
Stuffed into sentences and creased into ancient books in far-off corners of old libraries, there is a plethora of forgotten words — words like ‘panchymagogue’ and ‘aquabib.’ These words had no hope of seeing daylight, not until graphic designer and illustrator Karen To came along to rescue them!
In To’s blog, The Dead Words, obscure words are brought back to life with punchy, pretty lettering crafted after the words’ definitions. Thanks to To and the other contributing language-loving letterists, you can sharpen your smarts, delight your eye for aesthetics, and do your part to keep helpless words from stagnating.
Woolbird [n.] – a sheep
Quaeritate [v.] – to question; to inquire
Starrify [verb] – to decorate with stars; to make into a star.
Scandiscope [n.] – machine for cleaning chimneys
What’s your favorite “dead word”?
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Yex! I get the yexes all the time.
Wow, how pretty! Gotta love how they did Celeberrimous.
I love it….being a word nerd myself, I am in my element right now. <3 it!
Starrify is such a pretty word! 🙂 Gonna use that today!
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