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For those of you wishing to contact Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis, please feel free to email chrisomalis@wayne.edu, or use any of the following resources:

My WSU Anthropology faculty page

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My other site, The Phrontistery

My academia.edu page

 

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  1. NEW WORDS MAYBE! agastopia
    n. – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

    bibble
    v. – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

    cabotage
    n. – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders

    NOT: v. – to sabotage with cabbage and/or Vermont Cabot Cheese

    doodle sack
    n. – old English word for bagpipe

    erinaceous
    adj. – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

    Although she won’t know what it means, never, ever tell your date Erin that she is “looking quite erinaceous this evening.”

    firman
    n. – in Turkey and some other Oriental countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign

    gabelle
    n. – a tax on salt

    halfpace
    n. – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight

    impignorate
    v. – to pawn or mortgage something

    NOT: v. – to impregnate a pig

    jentacular
    adj. – pertaining to breakfast

    kakorrhaphiophobia
    n. – fear of failure

    This is the last word that someone with kakorrhaphiophobia would want to encounter in a spelling bee.

    lamprophony
    n. – loudness and clarity of enunciation

    macrosmatic
    adj. – having a good sense of smell

    nudiustertian
    n. – the day before yesterday

    NOT: n. – a martian nudist

    oxter
    n. – outdated word meaning “armpit”

    NOT: n. – a creature that is half ox, half otter

    pauciloquent
    adj. – uttering few words; brief in speech

    If you had to figure out how to use this word in context, you probably wouldn’t say much either.

    quire
    n. – two dozen sheets of paper

    ratoon
    n. – small shoot growing from the root of a plant

    NOT: n. – the offspring of interbreeding rats and raccoons

    salopettes
    n. – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

    tittynope
    n. – a small quantity of something left over

    Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!

    ulotrichous
    adj. – having wooly or crispy hair

    First time you’ve heard this word? It’s probably a good indication that you don’t have wooly or crispy hair. Or that you do, and nobody uses this word anymore.

    valetudinarian
    n. – a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health

    Think – “the valedictorian of hypochondriacs”

    winklepicker
    n. – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe

    A close second to “tittynope” in the eyebrow-raiser category

    xertz
    v. – to gulp down quickly and greedily

    yarborough
    n. – hand of cards containing no card above a nine

    zoanthropy
    n. – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

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