Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tasted Like Magic Words

Umberto Eco notes terms he encountered in the Nuovissimo Melzi, 1905 edition, that "tasted like magic words":
avolate, baccivorous, benzoin, cacodoxy, cerastes, crubble, dogmatics, glaver, grangerism, inadequation, lordkin, mulct, pasigraphy, postern, pulicious, sparble, speight, vespillo, Adrastus, Allobroges, Assur-Bani-Pal, Dongola, Kafiristan, Philopator, Richerus ...
(The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, p. 111-112)

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