New Words for 2012

Another year, more new words… (and the authors who led me to them)

12/31, Callovian, phyletic, stishovite, David M. Raup
12/29, thixotrophic, Jim Hightower
12/25, comprador, Liel Leibovitz and Mathew Miller
12/25, vedette, David F. Riggs
12/21, coachwhip, coombe, indurate, kipuka, ophiolitic, rudistid, John McPhee
12/20, grazier, Nevil Shute
12/10, cabochon, galingale (also galangal), mignonette, Husain Haddawy
12/10, bertha (on a dress), grosgrain, importunate, norate, Eudora Welty
12/9, impitoyable, in the dictionary
12/3, corniche, kushari, Wael Ghonim
12/1, armigerous, Terry Pratchett
11/30, biltong, Roger Ebert
11/17, cnemial, hoatzin, kunkar, loxommatid, olecranon, pisiform, quadrate (noun), taphonomy, Robert T. Bakker
11/13, compossibility, wakizashi, Neal Stephenson
11/12, furan, histone, obesogen, Sandra Steingraber
11/12, eiron, Joseph J. Romm
11/11, siderodromophobia, found online
11/8, animalcule, chinchona, diener, glomeruli, immortelle, kymograph, opsonin, phlebarteriectasia, siderodromophobia, skiagraph, Sinclair Lewis
11/3, girandole, Truman Capote
11/3, paresis, John O’Hara
11/2, precuneus, Jonah Lehrer
11/2, heptarchy, Walter Russell Mead
10/31, rooibos, found online
10/27, banoffee pie, echt, pleached, Ian Sansom
10/25, autotomize, cheliped, crypsis, pleopod, Richard J. King
10/20, aboral, commensal, enteropneust, holothurian, phyletic, polyclad, pulmonate, thigmotropism, verrucose, John Steinbeck
10/15, accouchement, brume, impuissant, rollmop, John Cheever
10/13, copperas, flews, phthisic, plew, A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
10/4, ilmenite, rutiel, Jerry Mander
10/4, imposthume, Stephen Greenblatt
10/3, scuppernong, tarlatan, Carson McCullers
9/28, porringer, John P. Marquand
9/22, aculeate, altricial, carnassial, catarrhine, clade, gindara, habiline, Edward O. Wilson
9/21, brails, ci-devant, corposant, Otaheitan, sinnet, Richard Henry Dana
9/13, majolica, Alison Bechdel
9/13, Athanasian, guerdon, Stephen Leacock
9/10, Rioja, Lizz Winstead
9/3, dysprosium, James Howard Kunstler
8/28, nadi, tulku, Sara Gran
8/26, dirham, Rachel Maddow
8/23, Kurgan, Shekinah, Urizenic, zetetic, David Jay Brown & Rebecca McClen Novick
8/20, apophyses, brandling, charlock, pashmina, Peter Carey
8/16, inspan, Mousterian, Agatha Christie
8/16, peristyle, Edith Wharton
8/9, cressets, deal (fir or pine wood), drolling, drugget, groundsel, holus-bolus, lappet, megrims, minim, verjuice, Wilkie Collins
8/5, hypocorism, found online
7/29 polynya, found online
7/26, acersecomic, ktenology, quockerwodger, ultracrepidarian, online from The Project Twins
7/26, cassiterite, coltan, punnet, Matt Potter
7/24, sacalait, James Lee Burke
7/21, komatik, Mark Kurlansky
7/21, creatinine, hemoptysis, Kaaba, Christopher Buckley
7/19, tritoma, Agatha Christie
7/18, enantiodromia, John Perry Barlow
7/11, fuliginous, lenitive, midinette, mucopus, pion, plexus, strapontin, veridical, Henry Miller
7/8, debouch, Ralph Peters
7/6, marocain, Philip Kerr
7/3, barathea, pickelhaube, Philip Kerr
6/30, eulachon, found in a reference book
6/30, fleuron, Simon Garfield
6/26, velleity, Michael Frayn
6/23, fusiform, found online
6/22, asyndeton, copula, epideictic, foveolate, globish, jussive, kakemono, monosemic, Franck Frommer
6/19, pellicle, smilax, stirp, Henry David Thoreau
6/16, baize, Agatha Christie
6/8, interoception, ipseity, Daniel Siegel
6/5, musquash, Agatha Christie
5/30, fanfaronade, word puzzle
5/27, octothorp, pilcrow, word puzzle
5/25, calamanco, gratulation, Matthew Pearl
5/23, bergamot, carphologia, vulsellum, John Irving
5/21, kistvaen, tazza, Agatha Christie
5/19, scrimshanker, Agatha Christie
5/9, forcemeat, koruna, narrishkeit, parbuckle, putto, proustite, ruelle, ullage, Michael Chabon
5/3, carcanet, eyot, fosse, spinney, thrawn, whin, J.R.R. Tolkien
5/2, Nabatean, terai, Agatha Christie
4/28, demurrage, Gwendolyn Hallsmith and Bernard Lietaer
4/27, myriapod, protoctist, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins
4/19, battledore, bluchers, groundsel, prad, saveloy, Charles Dickens
4/16, cadastral, chaffering, corvee, dunnage, eyass, khanda, levanted, markhor, orpiment, punkah, serow, shaitan, shraddha, tiercel, vakil, vihara, yarak, Rudyard Kipling
4/14, bibimbap, Eli Pariser
4/13, pythoness, Anna Katherine Green
4/9, conventicle, heirophany, soteriological, Robert M. Geraci
4/5, potheen, Willa Cather
3/31, abigail, attainder, congé, defalcation, devoirs, Esculapian, gallowglass, gudgeon, intendant, jabot, lansquenet, mercer, rouleau, shagreen, spadassin, William Thackeray
3/23, cedrat, cynegetical, fane, marabout, nopal, spahi, Alphonse Daudet
3/22, benignant, bourdon, fouette, glaive, hylozoism, lucubrations, mignonette, pinchbeck, Frank Norris
3/18, Beothuk, bight, caliginous, hangashore, jabot, komatik, pelm, ruvid, sadiron, strigil, E. Annie Proulx
3/14, challis, lability, santolina, Joan Didion
3/11, kavass, Agatha Christie
3/9, evert, William Gibson
3/7, liriope, Jeanne Darst
3/5, ansatz, Michael E. Mann
2/29, sidereally, swivet, Richard Ford
2/28, invigilate, ligature, meiosis, P. D. James
2/26, epagomenal, faience, Fergus Fleming
2/17, peloton, Austin Troy
2/16, stifle (on a horse), Lian Hearn
2/10, palingenetic, Michelle Goldberg
2/10, pycnocline, Seamus McGraw
2/5, aigrette, chayote, costive, creatine, emunctory, esculent, frugiverous, grallatorial, percutient, pollinosis, prurigo, scolex, viduity, T. Coraghessan Boyle
2/2, kinnow, found online
2/1, guimpe, perdurable, Don DeLillo
1/23, insufflator, macrocarpa, Agatha Christie
1/21, arroba (Sp.), canaille, defalcation, Ernest Hemingway
1/18, pozzolan, Earl Swift
1/16, marocain, tisane, Agatha Christie
1/15, sesquiplane, Richard Bak
1/15, citharode, kylix, Tony Allan and Piers Vitebsky
1/5, champerty, dolma, Greg Palast

To see Words I Just Learned from other years.

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