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phantonym (noun) : a word which looks like it means a particular thing but in fact means something different

A simple concern for clarity should lead students of all ages to recognize and avoid phantonyms, lest they look unlettered - and lose SAT points. " —Jack Rosenthal, New York Times, 09-25-2009

Submitted by: Julia Cooper from North Carolina on Mar. 07, 2018 11:33


linguology (noun) : the study of language

Molly took a linguology class so can she travel around the world.

Submitted by: Meriebhel from Indiana on Feb. 28, 2018 15:17


graphephevrist (noun) : the inventor of a writing system

Truly, however, I cannot help but stand in awe at the graphephevrist who devised this tightly integrated writing system. —Robert Bradford Lewis, phaistosdisk.com, 2015

Submitted by: Robert Bradford Lewis from Oregon on Feb. 21, 2018 16:27


birthentine's day (noun) : a birthday that falls on Valentine's Day

Submitted by: Kanika from California on Feb. 15, 2018 00:50


theoidiocy (noun) : the religious belief or practice where one believes that his or her religious beliefs and practices leave no room for the theological beliefs or practices of others

Submitted by: Phillip Jones from Washington on Feb. 13, 2018 14:58


tince (noun) : a small amount of something

Kara had a tince of her coffee left in her cup.

Submitted by: Anonymous on Jan. 24, 2018 21:56


invertidrome (noun) : a word, phrase, or sequence that creates the same or different word when turned upside down

When learning about rotations in math class, Mrs. Varner created an invertidrome with the word 'mom' and created the word 'wow'.

Submitted by: Anonymous on Nov. 30, 2017 13:55


levidrome (noun) : a word that when spelled backwards turns into a different yet valid English word

One classmate offered up "part" and "trap" as a levidrome on Friday. —Jack Knox, www.timescolonist.com, October 15, 2017

Submitted by: Anonymous on Nov. 14, 2017 13:10


chremamorphism (noun) : the attribution of the qualities of an object to a person

Submitted by: Patrick Devine from Connecticut on Nov. 08, 2017 21:59


ignocence (noun) : a sense of wonderment displayed by a person making an unintentionally offensive comment

Submitted by: on Nov. 04, 2017 23:12


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