Babblative adj. tending to babble, prattle; loquacious.
Words are so fascinating. I think we often take for granted the sheer number of words that exist in the world – there are over 1 million words in the English language alone, and an estimated 7,000 languages in the world. Many are oddly specific – if you’re ever looking for a word to describe something relating to or resembling a hedgehog, just slip the word erinaceous into your sentence. Ever feel so sick that you have a manic urge to dance? Me neither, but apparently it’s called tarantism, and it was very popular in the 15th century.
How about words in other languages that get even more specific than English words? The Georgian word shemomedjamo describes that phenomenon of when you accidentally eat a whole food-thing (i.e. that pie that your Aunt Jan brought to Thanksgiving dinner that you polished off all by yourself while your sister started in on the dishes.) It’s that experience when you’re so full but the food is so good and before you know it there is nothing left.
If you need any more convincing that words are pretty weird but also incredibly interesting, here is a list of some of the words I found scanning the internet. I challenge you to use one of these in a sentence, and take note of the bewildered looks you get when you do.
Abecedarian: of or relating to the alphabet, alphabetically arranged
Sobriquet: a descriptive name or epithet, a nickname
Foofaraw: frills and fancy finery; a disturbance or to-do over a trifle
Embrangle:Â to mix up in confusion; to make complicated; to bewilder
Prolegomenon: an introductory discourse, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity
Kaelling (Danish): a woman who stands at her doorstep yelling obscenities at kids
Jung (Korean): a feeling stronger than love that is only proven through surviving a difficult argument
Ohrwurm (German): a tune or melody that infects a population
Verbivore: lover of words
Epeolatry: the worship of words