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wwftd *

wwftd (wift-ed) n., pl. wwftds.

1. obscure, abstruse and/or recondite word, especially one not falling into the following categories: medical terms, foreign monetary units, foreign units of measure, legal terms, or professional jargon of any type.

2. obscure, abstruse and/or recondite word, including such falling into the following categories, if deemed to be appropriately ludicrous: medical terms, foreign monetary units, foreign units of measure, legal terms, or professional jargon of any type.

3. word deemed by the wwftd master (w.m.) to meet definitions 1) or 2) above, and subsequently included in an aperiodic mailing to the minions and lackeys of the wwftd master.

* By definition, the final arbiter on the appositeness (or lack thereof) of any worthless word (ww) in any situation is the w.m. (me). wwftd minions and lackeys (i.e., you) are welcome to submit potential words, as the w.m. does not claim to have first hand knowledge of all medical terms, foreign monetary units, etc. (but don't hold your breath). --w.m.

I will use big words from time to time, the meanings of which I may only vaguely perceive, in hopes such cupidity will send you scampering to your dictionary:  I will call such behavior "public service." - Harlan Ellison


meta-disclaimer - use of the term worthless should be considered to be either smart aleck or ironic, depending on your level of involvement and sophistication.

"I never meta disclaimer I didn't like" - Bob Syeruncle

meta-meta-disclaimer - our intent is not to adjudge these words as irredeemably worthless, or to disworth them, but rather to suggest that some of our most obscure and neglected words may actually be worthy of everyday use; caveat lector.

or, as Arthur Plotnik states in Spunk & Bite, "Anything but worthless."


Do you want to see a list of wwftds?

up at the top of the home page, click on "recently" for all of the words for the current year; click on "archives" for personally selected goodies from past years; all the words with the exception of the last month or so are in the "wwftd dictionary", but you don't see any original entries that way.

Direct your badinage, persiflage and/or potential wwftds to the wwftd master

Return to the wwftd home page.


tsuwm??  the supreme universal wwftd master