From Acersecomic (a person whose hair has never been cut) to Zugzwang (a position in which any decision or move will result in problems), Project Twins' A-Z of Unusual Words illustrates the English language's forgotten vocabulary. These words probably won't show up on the SAT, but they're fun to learn nonetheless.

You can buy a postcard book of these prints from the Project Twins shop and see the full esoteric alphabet on their site.

A-Z of Unusual Words [Project Twins via Brain Pickings]

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Acersecomic - A person whose hair has never been cut.


Learn odd and obscure words with this illustrated alphabet Biblioclasm - The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media.
Learn odd and obscure words with this illustrated alphabet Cacodemonomania - The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit.
Learn odd and obscure words with this illustrated alphabet Dactylion - An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger.
Learn odd and obscure words with this illustrated alphabet Enantiodromia - The changing of something into its opposite.
Learn odd and obscure words with this illustrated alphabet Fanfaronade - Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.
Learn odd and obscure words with this illustrated alphabet Gorgonize - To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on: Stupify or Petrify