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What's in a Word? Follow DRI to Find Out!

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment dridrive

As we get closer to glossary launch day, be sure to check out our social media sites (FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter) for a fun series of posts on the weird words, odd definitions and strange phrases that make language lively (and sometimes, very confusing)! Some might even be useful in your professional life, like utuqaq.  Read on to find out what it means!


For instance:

Some words fall out of favor over time. But that doesn’t mean wecan’t bring them back! Sprinkle these obscure gems into your daily conversations, maybe they’ll catch on:

Groak – To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them (“I’m trying to enjoy my lunch, but that guy at the next table keeps groaking at me!”)

Crapulous – To feel ill because of excessive eating or drinking (“I had a blast at Marv’s party last night, but boy do I feel crapulous today.”)

Jargogle – To confuse (“I told my son you can park in a driveway and drive on a parkway, and it completely jargogled him!”)


Of course, some words fall out of common use for a good reason. When’s the last time you would have used …

Abicinate – To blind someone using red-hot metal

Batrachophagous – One who eats frogs

Fabiform – In the shape of a bean, or

Mallemaroking – Drinking heavily on a Greenlandic whaling ship that’s stuck in ice?
That’s just English words we don’t use. Inuit speakers, on theother hand, have an overabundance of
frequently-used words —
especially when it comes to snow and ice, such as:

Matsaaruti – wet snow that can be used to ice a sleigh’s runners

Pukak – Crystalline powder snow that looks like salt

Utuqaq – ice that lasts year after year (Those of us hit hard by winter storms this year will surely adopt this one!)

Siguliaksraq – the patchwork layer of crystals that forms as the sea begins to freeze


We’ll have more wordplay for you every day leading up to the launch of the glossary, so follow our FacebookLinkedIn andTwitter feeds!