Tuesday, April 9, 2013

h is for...

...bizarre words that begin with the letter H

I could go on about one particular word, but there are so many cool (and unusual) words that begin with the letter H!

Here are a few that caught my fancy, struck my eye!

The Century Plant

hapaxanthous flowering only once

 hebetic of, like or pertaining to puberty& hebetude stupidity  I think this is PERFECT for teenagers!

heyday expression of elation or wonder

hippocras medieval hot spiced wine

hippodamist horse-tamer

hircismus stinky armpits

Scottish New Year Cakes

hogmanay gift or cake made on New Year's Eve

homichlophobia fear of fog  Not good if you live in the Pacific Northwest!

honorificabilitudinity honourableness (Just so cool looking!)
hoyden tomboy

huggery the action of hugging Everyone needs more huggery in their lives!
hustle lively disco dance derived from swing elements with a plus-like pattern Is it considered a flash mob if it's performed by inmates?!?

hwyl emotional state capable of arousing intense eloquence

hyetal rainy; of, like or pertaining to rainfall

hygeiolatry excessive devotion to health

hygrophilous preferring or living where there is an abundance of moisture

hylogenesis the origin of matter

The Pantheon, Rome

hypaethral roofless; open to the sky

hypergamy marriage of a man to a woman of lower status

hyperhidrosis excessive sweating

hypnoetic of, like or pertaining to unconscious logical thought

hypnomogia insomnia

hypobulic weak-willed; lacking willpower

hypophrenia weakness of mental facilities

hypotrichosis hairlessness

And, for my dear daughter, who sometimes struggles with her heavy-framed glasses!

What is a Hipster?
 Which is your favorite H word listed here?  Wanna write a sentence?!?

A to Z Challenge 2013!  Check out my other entries here!


  1. OMG, so many words to incorporate into my vocabulary! Best to work myself into a hwyl - which I don't believe will lead to hircismus - to make sense of them all. ;-)

  2. LOL - very amusing and have fun working these in to your vocabulary!

  3. I like your blog, Kate! Are you originally from the Pacific Northwest? We should become Goodreads friends. The first conversation I had with my husband was about Jane Austen!

    1. Yes I am and I have no homichlophobia! I actual miss foggy mornings on the beach, where it burns off and you have beautiful views of the ocean!

  4. I can't wait to share the word hebetude with my 17yo son. Such a fun word to use.

    I also really liked hwyl. Unusual and a neat meaning.

    What process did you go through to discover these words .... Or do you just have a hella vocabulary??

    1. NO, I am more hypophrenia than verbose! It was fun, and I definitely thought of our three teenagers with hebetude! They had it is spades!

  5. Well that's quite a list of unusual words. I've heard some of them, but not all.

    Dropping by from the A to Z


    1. I put in my favorites, even though they may not be all that unusual. The hoyden brought the hogmanay to celebrate the heyday of the new year! (How's that? Those are the ones I already knew.)

  6. If I weren't suffering from hypophrenia, I could come up with a sentence using some of these words.

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    1. LOL! I understand that one perfectly...that's why I made a list of words today.

  7. You left out hypoglycemia! (And hyperglycemia, too, for that matter.)

    1. True, but I was going for unusual ones. Those are good words, and something many people struggle with.

  8. Lot's of good H words. I like Hipster.

  9. LOL those are great. Hadn't heard of a number of them. I think I like hebetude the most :)

    herding cats & burning soup

  10. Wow- I thought i had a decent vocabulary until I stumbled upon your blog. Brings me back to high school SAT prep :)

  11. Great words!! Enjoyed, but I think most teenagers are not stupid. They are brilliant young people that just need to be believed in!! www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

  12. I love hipsterdom! It's such a retro word, but retro is hip again... apparently. ;-)

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