Words, Words, Words


Horologicon by Mark Forsyth is done reading and to conclude, it was a fun reading experience! Horologicon is an entire day of man’s life recounted in Old English and non-English words, which are no longer popular in today’s conversation. It is difficult to confirm that the words he introduced are correctly explained. (Even some of the words here are red-underlined. The auto-correct is fail to identify the word or search its substitute, haha!) Forsyth collected the words from Victorian dictionary and even from another language, ergo you may not be able to find the words in modern dictionary. As finding those dictionaries is difficult, Horologicon is the greatest access to some words from Victorian dictionary and any other dictionary that you can enjoy without being confused. For those who want to know more about Mark Forsyth, you should visit his blog which contains interesting posts that offer a lot of facts you might never know: inkyfool.

So these are my favorite words that mostly relate to my own life:


I am proudly announcing that I start to use the word to explain my lack of sleeping due to thoughts that are actively running in my brain, since insomnia is not accurate enough to label my common sleeping habit. It’s a noun. So for example: “I had an Uhtceare last night so I am feeling sleepy now.” It is pronounced as Oot-Key-are.


It is pretty much happening often in my country. This is action that I dislike most: pretending to be busy. You may see often a colleague who look serious in front of the computer that actually they were online shopping. People here tend to create impression as a diligent person in order to be seen by their boss, which relates to next word.

Eye Servant

This defines people who work only when their boss is watching. Almost similar to fudgel, but only eye servant is truly working. Quite annoying situation that a simple task that can be done only in 2 hours become 2 days because they work done only under your watch. You can combine both words to describe your eye servant colleague who likes to fudgel in case you want to report your lazy colleague to HR or your boss.


The eating of filth. Rypophagy is actually a terribly useful word for insulting somebody’s cookery without letting them know what you’re doing it.” Allow me to cite Forsyth explanation about Rypophagy. He has the best description of Indonesian food cooked by Dutch. (Because Dutch likes to fry or boil their chicken meat to cook ‘sate’ instead of grilled them over charcoal fire with french fries as the substitute of lontong with pindakaas that is closer to peanut butter rather than peanut sauce).


This is someone who explains confidently about something they actually know nothing. Pretty much because they got the information based on social media that does not have any credibility but presented in a very convincing way.


It is a condition when a person conceals a fact that he/she is making an effort. For example if you secretly practice cardistry and when you are suddenly being ask to perform cardistry, you showed it off as if you are gifted with cardistry skill.


It is a standard unit to measure pain. Forsyth did not explain how to properly use Dol to rate a pain. I think this is quite useful term for medical purpose. Maybe 1 Dol is only for mosquito bite and 100 Dols is for cancer? I seriously don’t know. I will search more information about this. I need to know what is the plural form of Dol as well.

There are more words that are sophisticated, but I fail to remember. I am definitely going to read it again for the second time, despite the fact that people might not understand the word itself. For those who are a logophile, I highly recommend it! : )


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