“You know, Doc, men are suspicious of a man who doesn’t talk their way. You can insult a man pretty badly by using a word he doesn’t understand. Maybe he won’t say anything, but he’ll hate you for it. It’s not the same thing in your case, Doc. You’re supposed to be different. They wouldn’t trust you if you weren’t.’ ” (In Dubious Battle, John Steinbeck, p. 148).
ante-jentacular (adj.) before breakfast.
aprosexia (n.) <a – pr – oh – ss – e – x – ee- ə>: abnormal inability to concentrate one’s attention
ataraxia (n.) <a – t – er – a – x – y>: freedom from disturbance of mind or passion; stoical indifference
battology (n.) <b – a – t – o – l – ə – dj – y>: a needless and tiresome repetition in speech or writing
battologer (n.): one who practices or commits battology
bavardage (n.) <b – a – v – a – r – d – a – zh>: idle talk, prattle, chattering
bel esprit (n.) <b – e – l – e – sp – r – ee>: a clever genius, a brilliant wit
beaux esprits (n.) <boz’ɛspri>– plural form
bellwether (n.): leading sheep of a flock, on whom a bell is hung; figuratively, a chief or leader (mostly contemptuous)
boondoggle (n): a trivial, useless, or unnecessary undertaking; wasteful expenditure; (v.): to engage in trivial or frivolous work
mathom (n.): 1. a precious thing, a treasure, a gift; 2. a trinket, a piece of bric-a-brac
ochlophobia (n.) <a – kl – ə – f – oh – b – ee – ə>: fear or aversion to crowds
word-grubber (n.): a person who uses difficult or obscure words
All definitions excerpted OED Online. March 2013. Oxford University Press.