Superior Person’s Tuesday: Eudemonia

Some say it's theoretical — but finding the perfect book comes pretty close!

Eudemonia n. A state of absolute happiness, well-being, and good fortune.

A purely theoretical concept.

Happiness? Check. Well-being? Check. Good fortune? Check.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Orarian

Mermaids, and sailors, and seashell sellers — oh my!

Orarian n. Dweller by the seashore.

Goes well with otiant — check back next week to find out why!

Claude Monet’s “The Boardwalk at Trouville” paints a tempting scene for would-be orarians everywhere.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Longanimity

A defense strategy for any angry teenager.

Longanimity n. Suffering in silence over a period of time, while brooding on revenge.

“That’s O.K. Mom; I accept your decision with complete longanimity.”

Don’t think this argument is over yet – her longanimity will come back in the long run.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

 

 

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Lachrymatory

Sales may increase in Atlanta after Super Bowl LI.

Lachrymatory n. A little bottle for keeping tears in. Typically a phial of glass or pottery, with a mouth shaped to fit over the eyeball. Sometimes decorated with a picture of an eye.

I’m sure a lachrymatory would work for the Patriots’ tears of happiness, too!

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Word-Grubber

Another word for Superior Person!

Word-Grubber n. One who is particular about fine points of verbal usage and who himself uses long and unusual words in everyday speech. An eighteenth-century slang term.

Hermione is certainly particular about fine parts of verbal usage.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Ombrophilous

"Look at the weather! I'm not feeling ombrophilous enough for this today."

OMBROPHILOUS a. Capable of withstanding heavy and continuous rain. For example, tropical vegetation.

The correct epithet for a preschool child who has been got up for the day by his mother in gumboots, a knee-length raincoat, a rain-hat, and a miniature umbrella.

“Come on Mom! I’m already ombrophilous enough!”

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Comploration

It can be true anguish or melodrama—you decide.

comploration n. Wailing and weeping together.

“Your mother coming over this Christmas, darling, for the usual comploration?”

A good synesthetic comploration can be seen in Munch's "The Scream."
A good synesthetic comploration can be seen in Munch’s “The Scream.”
However, the internal comploration of accidentally sending an incriminating text may be more iconic.
However, the internal comploration of accidentally sending an incriminating text may be more iconic.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Bradykinetic

If you're a Patriots football fan this is counter-intuitive


Bradykinetic a. Moving very slowly. Alternative Sense: one who jumps up dynamically to switch off the TV when The Brady Bunch comes on. (Or a Jets football fan.)

This is a good example of a bradykinetic creature.
This is a good example of a bradykinetic creature.
This is not.
This is not.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

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Superior Person’s Tuesday: Deterration

Deterration, interrogation, what's the difference? They both get to what's underneath somehow.

Deterration n. Not the act of deterring, but the discovery of an underlying object by the removal of earth around it. From the Latin de and terra.

“Young man, you will proceed immediately to the bathroom. The time has come from the deterration of your feet.”

Under that mermaid body is Joey. We guess the Friends will have to perform a deterration.
Somewhere under that mermaid body is Joey. We guess the Friends will have to perform a deterration.


On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.


 

 

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Hyperhedonia

In honor of Election Day, we are pleased to present a very special Superior Person's Tuesday

Hyperhedonia n. A condition in which abnormally heightened pleasure is derived from participation in activities which are intrinsically tedious and uninteresting. For a case study near you, GO TO THE POLLS!

Person voting
Your voice matters. Your vote matters. Be a Superior Person and GO VOTE.

No matter for whom you vote today, it is important that you do so. We promise, if you participate in the local, state, and federal politics today, something usually seen as tedious and dull, you will derive immense pleasure from participating in a history-making election, for this country has never had two candidates such as these.

Today, let’s all be affected with hyperhedonia.

On Tuesdays we offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, now available for purchase.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Heteromorphic

Sometimes known as the metamorphosis called "puberty."

Heteromorphic a. Having different forms at different stages of the life cycle. As for example the caterpillar/butterfly. Or your friend Marion, who goes to the office on Friday in her Dragon Lady With Full Make-Up form and then appears in her back yard on Saturday in her Jumpsuit And Thongs Without Make-Up form.

hermione-granger-before-and-after

The cast of the Harry Potter series can certainly be classified as heteromorphic.
The cast of the Harry Potter series can certainly be classified as such.

Each Tuesday we’ll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, coming Fall 2016.

Superior Person’s Tuesday: Kopophobia

A wonderful excuse to be lazy.

Kopophobia, n. Fear of exhaustion. Otherwise known as a lexicographer’s curse.

We suspect that Fat Amy is not a slacker, but merely kopophobic.
We suspect that Fat Amy is not a slacker, but merely kopophobic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each Tuesday we’ll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. Be on the look out for a new edition of The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words, coming Fall 2016.