TOM TOM LISTS: Dominating Diction

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TOM TOM LISTS: Dominating Diction

It’s not everyday that words such as these are discussed, so bring them back in essays and share their beauty and individuality with all.

  • Jouska- (noun) A hypothetical conversation that one compulsively plays out in his/her head.
  • Vorfreude- (noun) The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures.
  • Palinoia- (noun) The obsessive repetition of an act until it is perfected or mastered.
  • Sturmfrei- (adjective) The freedom of being alone, the ability to do what one wants.
  • Resfeber- (noun) The tangled feelings of excitement before a journey begins.
  • Petrichor- (noun) The pleasant, earthy smell after rain.
  • Cafuné- (verb) Running one’s fingers through his/her lover’s hair

Science teacher Elliot Hoffeditz has ideas on the development of vocabulary revolving around common sense.

“Fewer and fewer people have common sense,” Hoffeditz said. “The only way to get common sense is to do something that doesn’t kill you.”

Senior Anthony Farino agrees and shares his ideas on how to expand his vocabulary.

“I learn new words mostly through reading, especially from AP Language and AP Literature, but also through conversation with those older and through learning another language,” said Farino. “I believe social media has a huge impact on my own vocabulary. Through constant use of Twitter and other social media, I am constantly putting my vocab in flux with new trends and trending hashtags.”

Social networks, like and, from where the inspiration and definitions for these words came, are great ways to keep up with modern phrases as well as discover interesting words. Try out some of these words in hashtags on Twitter next time.