I love language. Here are some treasures from Dr. Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, published in London in 1755.
Absinthiated – adj. Imbittered, impregnated with wormwood.
Adder’s-Grass – n. A plant so named because serpents lurk about it.
Adder’s-Wort – n. A herb so named on account of its virtue, real of supposed, or curing the bite of serpents.
Addle – adv. Originally applied to eggs and signifying such as produce nothing, but grow rotten under the hen; thence thransferred to brains that produce nothing. (Hence, addle-pated.)
Admurmuration – n. The act of murmuring or whispering to another.
Afterclap – n. Unepected events happening after an affair is supposed to be at an end.
(Such as might necessitate a trip to the apothecary, I wonder?)
Airling – n. A young light, thoughtless, gay person.
(The precedessor of airhead?)
Amatorculist – n. A little insignificant lover; a pretender to affection.
Asshead – n. One slow of comprehension; a blockhead.
Babblement – n. Senseless prate.
Balbicomate – v. To stammer in speaking.
Baldrick – n. A girdle.
Bedswerver – n. One that is false to the bed; one that ranges or swerves from one bed to another.
Bibacious – adj. Much addicted to drinking.
Blatteration – n. Noise; senseless roar.
Brainsick – adj. Diseased in the understanding; addleheaded; giddy; thoughtless.
Bronmtology – n. A dissertation upon thunder.
Buffleheaded – adj. A man with a large head like a buffalo; dull; stupid; foolish.
Circumgyration – n. The act of running round.
Clapperclaw – v. To tonguebeat, to scold.
Confarreation – n. The solemnization of marriage by eating bread together.
Consopiation – n. The act of laying to sleep.
Crinigerous – adj. Hairy, overgrown with hair.
Cubation – n. The act of lying down.
Cynanthropy – n. A species of madness in which men have the qualities of dogs.
Which is quite enough to digest for one day.