Monday, April 18, 2011 | By: Karen Bishop

Expand Your Vocabulary - Unusual O Words

B and O 2, andrewatla,

I don't feel very motivated today and couldn't think of a Motivated Monday posting, so I decided to stick with the letter of the day in the A to Z Challenge. The letter today is O. Instead of the same old thing, I thought it would be fun to check out some O words you may or may not have heard of. I'm probably a bit odd, but I love to toss out words that have people scratching their heads. With some new words at hand, maybe you can work one or two in somewhere and have fun too.

A lot of people may have their fair share of obduracy. It means stubborn, persistant and can also mean not easily moved by feelings or supplication; hardhearted. I have more than my share of stubborness and persistance, but I'm definitely hardhearted, though I have known people who are. How often do you exercise your obduracy?

Have you ever wondered how old an obeliscolychny is, then imagined what it might be like to live in one? What's that? Oh, you don't know what an obeliscolychny is, never mind living in it. Well, quite simply it's a lighthouse. I love lighthouses and have imagined what it might be like to live in one. The word itself is a mouthful, but it's sure to impress and befuddle the most learned person.

I had four kids and they were extremely obstreperous some days. This word means noise, unruly. Though I love them to death they could fill the house with enough noise and unruliness to make it seem as though there was a small classroom inside, not just the four of them. I like my quiet household now there's only my youngest at home, who turned 17 not long ago. Some days I miss the chaos of having youngin's in the house, but most days, I'm so glad those days are behind me.

Now you know a few more words than you did yesterday. Hope it amused you a little and educated you a lot. I know it did me. For more unusual O words, visit, The Phrontistery.


Langley said...

Yes, I did learn something. We used the same image and both wrote about unusual O words. Great minds...

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Derek Odom said...

Okay, keeping this tab open until I have time to reference a dictionary. COOL idea!

PK said...

I love a good 'word lesson.' Thanks for teaching me something today. :)

Marie Anne said...

Oburacy probably has my picture next to it in the dictionary.

Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:
Write, Wrong or Indifferent
Marie Anne’s Missives
In the Garden With Sow-n-Sow
Every Day Crochet

Anonymous said...

^^^ LOL @ Marie Anne. :O) ^^^

My “O” post:

Theresa Wiza said...

I couldn't even pronounce obeliscolychny let alone use it in a sentence. And my grandchildren are definitely obstreperous! I watch them every day – different families – same noise ;) My latest A-Z Challenge blog is here:

Sylvia Colette Branch said...

I can read odd words...just don't ask me to say them out loud! I stumble over the basics.
Now, in honor of the letter get a Prize! yay!!!!!

Monica said...

I love unusual word and these "O' words fit the bill!! Found you from the A-Z Challenge, I’m now following you on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Those are some really great O words. I think my favorite is obstreperous, though I can't quite figure out why. Thanks for sharing, and it's a pleasure to meet you via the A-Z Challenge!

nutschell said...

i love learning new words. thanks for sharing obduracy!