A list, from the man who read the Oxford English Dictionary, of his favorites.

An example, he says, is “petracore,” a word for the scent that rises from pavement after rain has begun to fall. “It’s a beautiful smell,” Shea said. “I’ve always loved that smell, when it first starts raining.”

I also liked debag – to strip the pants from a person.

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  1. Breyonce
    Breyonce says:

    As nerdy (werdy?) as I am, I loved this article. However, I can’t imagine anyone having the stamina and financial resources to be able to read the OED for 8-10 hours a day. Trust fund, maybe?

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