Useless Words from Kelsey’s Collection

tricoteuse: one of a number of women who sat and knitted while attending public executions during the French Revolution

osculation: the act of kissing; a kiss

soucouyant: a witch believed to shed her skin by night and suck victims’ blood

ratiocination: the process of logical reasoning

trichotillomania: a compulsion to pull out one’s hair and often to ingest it

weltanschauung: world view; a framework through which to interpret the world

imbricate: having overlapping edges; to arrange so that the edges overlap

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