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12/28/14: hylophobia (n/a), n.

1. fear of forests.


IN A SENTENCE: Darrick's hylophobia prevents him from fulfilling his fantasy of mating with an elk.




12/26/14: bellicose (bel i kohs), adj.

1. inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile, pugnacious.


IN A SENTENCE: Every time he passes the yoga center, Sam grows edgy and bellicose since his hand is broken.

12/16/14: supercilious (soo-per-sil-ee-uh s), adj.

1. haughtily disdainful or, contemptuous, as a person or facial expression

IN A SENTENCE: Hannah walks around all supercilious just because she's never accidentally gone to work with gum in her hair.

12/13/14: tocophobia (n/a), n.

1. fear of pregnancy or childbirth.

IN A SENTENCE: Ted combats his tocophobia by running away whenever a girl likes him.

12/9/14: vassal (vas-uh l), n.

1. a subordinate; slave.

IN A SENTENCE: Lance hired his own personal vassal to clean up after he number twos.

12/7/14: chionophobia (n/a), n.

1. fear of snow.

IN A SENTENCE: Johnny's chlonophobia cost him $100, as his friends dared him to poke a snowman's butt.

12/3/14: indolent (in-dl-uh nt), adj.

1. lazy, indifferent.

IN A SENTENCE: Kerry had planned to clean her house, but indolence won out and she scratched her pits instead.

11/29/14: brontophobia (n/a), n.

1. fear of thunder and lightning.

IN A SENTENCE: Regina's date with brontophobic Hal ended when a drop of rain landed on his shoe and he screamed.

11/25/14: epoch (ep-uh k), n.

1. a particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events, etc.

IN A SENTENCE: Marty's 21st birthday kicked off an epoch of booze, sweating, diarrhea and puking.

11/21/14: obviate (ob-vee-eyt), v.

1. to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary.


IN A SENTENCE: Ernie obviated his company's no-working-during-lunch policy by bringing three lunches.


11/18/14: compunction (kuh m-puhngk-shuh), n.

1.  a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain.

2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action.


IN A SENTENCE: Courtney battled guilt and great compunction over stealing Daryl's used underwear and showing it to his colleagues.

11/14/14: atelophobia (n/a), v.

1.  a fear of imperfection, defects.

IN A SENTENCE: Jamie suffered from atelophobia for years, until he invested in a competent hype man..

11/10/14: exsanguinate (eks-sang-gwuh-neyt), v.

1.  to drain of blood; make bloodless.

IN A SENTENCE: Damon wants to exsanguinate a vampire just to see what would happen.

11/7/14: cacography (kuh-kog-ruh-fee), n.

1.  poor penmanship; bad handwriting.

IN A SENTENCE: Because of the sloppy cacography in Darren's note, his crush called—and brought pizza to—the wrong guy.

11/3/14: ineffable (in-ef-uh-buhl), adj.

1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible.

IN A SENTENCE: After an hour with ugly, hairy girls, Doug felt ineffable relief upon barfing on the floor..

11/1/14: coulrophobia (kool-ruh-foh-bee-uh), noun.

1. a fear of clowns.

IN A SENTENCE: From age five on, Janet suffered intense coulrophobia. It's because her mom accidentally set two clowns on fire once

10/28/14: cloying (kloi-ing), adj.

4. causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess.

IN A SENTENCE: Sean showers his wife with cloying attention whenever he's on a mission for fresh cupcakes.

10/22/14: phalanx (fey-langks, fal-angks), n.

4. a compact or closely massed body of persons, animals, or things.

IN A SENTENCE: Though it took awhile, Amber managed to escape the entire phalanx of kooks who thought she was Beyonce.

10/18/14: inure (in-yoo r), v.

1. to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden.

IN A SENTENCE: Roger has inured himself to his partner's disturbing, violent nightmares.

10/13/14: assiduously (uh-sij-oo-uh s), adv.

1. constant, unremitting.  2. working diligently.

IN A SENTENCE: Though Toby assiduously worked to unlock the door, Sheila grew impatient and used an ax instead.

10/8/14: recalcitrant (ri-kal-si-truh nt), adj.

1. resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory.

2. hard to deal with, manage, or operate.   3. (n) a recalcitrant person.

IN A SENTENCE: Shannon demanded 30 minutes of smooches from Scott, but being a fierce recalcitrant he only gave 10.

10/6/14: buoyant (boi-uh nt, boo-yuh nt), adj.

2. cheerful or invigorating.

IN A SENTENCE: Edith has been exceptionally buoyant ever since her husband bought her a PlayStation.

10/5/14: enmity (en-mi-tee), n.

1. a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.

IN A SENTENCE: Howard developed enmity for his brother upon learning he used Howard's credit card to buy gas for strangers in hopes of getting on the news.

9/25/14: capricious (kuh-prish-uh s), adj. 

2. subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic.

IN A SENTENCE: Jan is known to be unpredictable, like when she capriciously rubbed a guy's shoulders right before pepper-spraying him.

9/23/14: feckless (fek-lis), adj. 

2. indifferent, lazy, no sense of responsibility.

IN A SENTENCE: Because of Darren's feckless approach to relationships, he now has to settle for lazy, broke women.

9/21/14: capitulate (kuh-pich-uh-leyt), v. 

1. To surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.

IN A SENTENCE: After months of not letting her boyfriend use her bathroom, Tracy finally capitulated.

9/19/14: vacuity (va-kyoo-i-tee), n.

2. absence of thought or intelligence; inanity; blankness.

IN A SENTENCE: Tim liked Shannon not just for her willingness to pay for everything, but also for her vacuity.

9/16/14: ostentatious (os-ten-tey-shuh s), adj.

1. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others.

IN A SENTENCE: Teri and Ivan were having a nice time. Then she ostentatiously whipped out her imported French sponge collection, expecting him to be impressed.

9/14/14: rotary (roh-tuh-ree), n. 

3. a part of a machine that rotates about an axis.

4. a roundabout (for traffic).

IN A SENTENCE: Jimmy and Mark got caught tickling each other in the middle of the rotary.

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