Visions of scripturience (say what?)
It's one of the rare words that have been gathered and then graphically rendered by the Project Twins, a pair of designers based in Cork City, Ireland. James and Michael Fitzgerald do design work for a number of companies and have created their own projects independently. A-Z of Unusual Words is one of those independent series.
Some of the words, like scripturience, do not appear in abridged dictionaries. But they can be found in the heftier versions, and, of course, the massive standard, the OED.
A sampling from the Project Twins lexicon:
Acersecomic: A person whose hair has never been cut
Biblioclasm: The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media
Fanfaronade: Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display
Noegenesis: Production of knowledge
Pogonotrophy: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair
Ultracrepidarian: A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one's knowledge
Vernalagnia: A romantic mood brought on by spring
Zugzwang: A position in which any decision or move will result in problems.
The words alone are charming, and the graphic images created by the Project Twins even more so. Originally displayed in 2011 at the MadArt Gallery Dublin during DesignWeek, limited edition prints from the A-Z of Unusual Words are now for sale on the Project Twins website for about $250 each. Hat tip to Design Taxi for the link.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Image: The poster for "scripturient" by the Project Twins. Credit: The Project Twins