I confess, that one thing I love almost as much as running, is a good, interesting word. I remember Molly, a girl in my sixth-grade class, taunting me by asking “Hey Lindsay, been reading the dictionary again?” after I’d used a particularly impressive word (the answer was most likely, yes. Dictionaries are my friend.)
So I was delighted to see this post on Buzzfeed recently, about 27 delightful obsolete words. And as I read it, I thought, ‘Egads! These words are made to be used by runners!.’ We already have our own obscure words (fartlek, Yasso, tempo), so why not add a few more?
In light of that, I am sharing with you Buzzfeed’s words, definitions, and origins, but have changed the usage examples to resound with you, fellow runners. Enjoy!
Meaning: To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them.
IN RUNNING: I hated to groak her, but I was starving after that tempo run.
Meaning: To act in a secretive manner.
IN RUNNING: We talked about training together, but I think I’m too slow for him. He hugger-muggers whenever I ask him about meeting up.
Meaning: To feel ill because of excessive eating/drinking.
IN RUNNING: I always overdo it in the post-race food tent. I go from ravenous to crapulous in no time at all!
Meaning: Sullen. An alternative to grumpy.
IN RUNNING: I haven’t been able to run in two weeks. So yeah, I’m a little grumpish, okay? OKAY?!?
Meaning: Freshly melted snow.
IN RUNNING: Let me just put on my Yaktrax, then I’ll be ready for this 12-miles in the snowbroth.
Meaning: To confuse, bamboozle.
IN RUNNING: When I get jargogled on a run, I know I need a GU to raise my blood sugar, stat.
Meaning: The sun’s warmth on a cold winter’s day.
IN RUNNING: It’s so hard to know how to dress for a winter marathon. The apricity can really get you late in the race.
Meaning: To gossip, or talk idly.
As in: I wish you’d quit twattling and get on with your work.
IN RUNNING: I had to get around the gaggle of women who were doing more twattling than running.
Meaning: Tangled hair, as if matted by elves.
IN RUNNING: Running in the humidity is brutal–plus it always gives me major elflocks.
Meaning: To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on someone.
Origin: Early 17th century
IN RUNNING: The elites are just incredible to watch. I get so gorgonized I can’t even cheer.
Meaning: A little man with a high opinion of himself.
IN RUNNING: Don’t let the mouthy short guy intimidate you. He’s just a cockalorum.
Meaning: A good-looking person.
IN RUNNING: Man, runners are good-looking. Races are just full of snoutfairs.
Meaning: Slang term for a fat person.
IN RUNNING: I’m so glad I found running. It saved me from becoming a complete jollux.
Meaning: The shock one feels upon first plunging into cold water.
Origin: Scots, 1800s
IN RUNNING: Not the ice bath, not the ice bath! The curglaff is worse than the 18 miler.
Meaning: To argue loudly about something inconsequential.
IN RUNNING: Look, I’m not going to talk about the effectiveness of the Hansons method for the recreational runner with you anymore. It always just turns into brabbling.
Meaning: An alternative to twilight.
Origin: Early 1600s
IN RUNNING: The best thing about an overnight relay is hearing your team cheering for you out in the twitter-light.
Meaning: Walking while smoking a pipe.
IN RUNNING: When I was younger, I went lunting at noon. Now, I runch.
Meaning: Stupid, imbecilic.
IN RUNNING: Runners at dusk in all-black are about the most beef-witted people I’ve ever seen.
Meaning: Wonderful and extraordinary.
IN RUNNING: If only people knew how monsterful the runner’s high is, everyone would be lacing up their shoes.
Meaning: Having beautifully shaped buttocks.
IN RUNNING: I’d like to be more callipygian, so I started doing squats and lunges after my easy runs.
Meaning: To make drunk, intoxicate.
IN RUNNING: I know I was pretty fuzzled on endorphins, and what’s wrong with that?
Meaning: A wooden puppet, controlled by strings.
IN RUNNING: I was so sore after that hilly half-marathon; I felt like a quockerwodger for three days.
Meaning: The seemingly malevolent behaviour displayed by inanimate objects.
IN RUNNING: I’ve neglected my training plan so long. I’m pretty sure it’s become resistentialist.
Meaning: The fear of oblivion.
IN RUNNING: Yeah, I’m a little concerned that after I get too old to really race, I’ll just feel like I’m nothing. I think I’m developing athletic lethophobia.
Meaning: A slovenly, slobbering person.
IN RUNNING: I have to get back on my plan. The two-week vacay turned me into a legit slubberdegullion.
Meaning: A low rumbling sound produced by the bowels.
IN RUNNING: I thought laying off the caffeine would help my GI issues, but I wasn’t even a mile in before I could hear the curmuring start.
Meaning: Heavy rain.
Origin: Early 1900s
IN RUNNING: My shoes are soaked! It went from a sprinkle to sheer lumming while I was on my 3-miler.
Delightful, I say! Let me know if you get to incorporate any of these into your vocabulary today. Hey, they already think you’re crazy for running. Why not make them think you’re smart, too?!?