English is an awesome, complex, infuriating, wonderful language. Many an English-speaking writer has held a long love affair with words, with their many nuances and combinations capable of evoking so much. It's said that a writer's toolbox should contain a multitude of words in order to paint the most perfect picture possible (without, yanno, actual pictures).
However, there are some wacky and wonderful words you just won't ever find in a book, unless the author is a) unbelievably pretentious, b) completely clueless, or c) going for that rush-for-the-dictionary reaction, because there is just no other word.
Here are just a few of the words you'll never see in one of my novels - despite my most fervent desire to use them:
Erinaceous: Like a hedgehog
Denefestration: The act of throwing someone or something out a window
Sturm and drang: Storm and stress (root: German)
Mesonoxian: Pertaining to midnight
Floccinaucinihilipilification: An estimation that something is valueless (go ahead and try to pronounce that one :-)
Nihilarian: A person who deals with things that lack importance (e.g., your boss)
Mungo: A dumpster diver (person who extracts valuable things from the trash)
Soodle: To walk or stroll leisurely
Groak: To watch people eating, and hope they'll ask you to join them
Blinkard: A person with bad eyes; or one who is dull and stupid
Artuate: To tear limb from limb
Tyrotoxism: To be poisoned by cheese
Ananym: A pseudonym devised by spelling one's name backwards
Widdiful: A person who deserves to be hanged
Nudiustertian: The day before yesterday
Pulveratricious: Covered with dust
Wamble: To stagger
Aren't these fun? I'd love to work some of them into my fiction. If only I had a character that was like a hedgehog; I'd use erinaceous in a heartbeat. Feel free to add your own weird words, or borrow some of mine. :-)
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to artuate a Nihilarian . . .