recrudesce |verb [ no obj. ] formal, break out again; recur. syphilis, until recently thought to be almost under control, is now recrudescing. DERIVATIVES recrudescence noun, recrudescent adjective ORIGIN late 19th cent.: back-formation from recrudescence‘recurrence’, from Latin recrudescere ‘become raw again’, from re- ‘again’ + crudus ‘raw’.
I’ve seen this before but I have never used it. I guess this is what you call dormant vocabulary.
aposiopesis noun (pl.aposiopeses[ mass noun ] Rhetoric: the device of suddenly breaking off in speech. in coping with the unsaid and unsayable, oral history is impelled towards aposiopesis. DERIVATIVES aposiopetic, adjective. ORIGIN late 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek aposiōpēsis, from aposiōpan ‘be silent’.
I really like this one. I can use it. Now,here’s one of my favourite words and i use it a lot but I love to look it up…..
lagniappe noun, N. Amer. something given as a bonus or gratuity. ORIGIN Louisiana French, from Spanish la ñapa .
As I remember it, lagniappe was sort of like a baker’s dozen (aka thirteen), a bonus, but more unexpected and therefore more fun than the baker’s gratuity.
hiragana noun [ mass noun ] the more cursive form of kana (syllabic writing) used in Japanese, primarily used for function words and inflections. Compare with katakana. ORIGIN Japanese, ‘plain kana’.
I didn’t think this one would be in the online dictionary. How can I compare it? I don’t know anything. Btu I learned a lovely Japanese word for a habit of book-owner-readers (and this word is not in the online dictiionary).
tsundaku noun : It’s unread books in an owner’s library. I can’t find the clipping I saved about it but this is what I remember. I’m not the only one who has books in my library that I haven’t read - yet. I intend to, and I do get around to most of them Others send me vibes, though, and I’m glad I have them. I had one friend who used to say that buying and owning the book was almost like reading it. What do you think?