15 Wonderful Words for Delightful Experiences

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ThinkStock/Erin McCarthy

Some situations are just too perfect for words, but these bits of lovely lingo will shorten that list ever so slightly.

1. Petrichor

The scent of rain on dry ground. The word was coined in the 1960s by mineralogists studying the chemical composition of that scent. Petr- is the Greek root for stone, and ichor was the word for the blood-like substance in the veins of the Greek gods. So petrichor would be the divine essence of stone. Breathe it in!

2. Eyesome

Easy on the eyes. Attractive. Said of maidens and majestic views.

3. Toothsome

Delicious. There’s nothing better than a meal that is both toothsome and eyesome.

4. Jucundity

Merry enjoyment, delight. Also commonly spelled “jocundity,” but those repeated u’s are so merry and delightful. 

5. Salubrious

Good for the health. Temperate, comfortable, agreeable. A popular word in old-time tourist brochures, like “Salubrious Southampton,” “Salubrious Singapore,” and “Salubrious Stonehaven: The Sunniest Resort on the Sunny Side of Scotland.” 

6. Voluptuate

To take luxurious pleasure in something. Voluptuate in this list of salubrious words. 

7. Dulciloquent

Having a gentle, sweet way of speaking. From the Latin dulcis, for sweet. If it’s true what they say about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar, dulciloquence will get you far.

8. Snuggery

A cozy little room—exactly the place you want to be in cold weather!

9. Suaviloquence

Soothing, agreeable speech. Ahhh.

10. Euphony

The quality of sounding good or pleasing to the ear. Usually used for words or sentences. Dulciloquent, suaviloquent, euphony might be too much good sounding stuff for anyone to bear. 

11. Viscerotonic

Having a comfort-loving, easygoing, social personality. Coined in the 1950s by a psychologist attempting to correlate body type with personality type. People who were viscerotonic, from “viscera” or internal organs, supposedly had over-developed digestive systems. All the better to voluptuate in a toothsome meal. 

12. Adlubescence

Pleasure, enjoyment. From the Latin allubescere, to gratify. Using this word should bring great adlubescence to those who hear it.

13. Oblectament

A source of delight. In Latin, oblectamentum, plural oblectamenta. It’s important to have some oblectamenta in your life.

14. Pulchritudinous

Beautiful. From the Latin for beauty. Many have complained that the related noun pulchritude (beauty) is, ironically, an ugly word. But pulchritudinous is positively euphonious

15. Philocalist

A lover of beautiful things. If you are a philocalist, you must love all these pulchritudinous words.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Why Do We Say ‘Spill the Beans’?

This is a Greek tragedy.
This is a Greek tragedy.
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Though superfans of The Office may claim otherwise, the phrase spill the beans did not originate when Kevin Malone dropped a massive bucket of chili at work during episode 26 of season five. In fact, people supposedly started talking about spilling the beans more than 2000 years ago.

According to Bloomsbury International, one voting method in ancient Greece involved (uncooked) beans. If you were voting yes on a certain matter, you’d place a white bean in the jar; if you were voting no, you’d use your black bean. The jar wasn’t transparent, and since the votes were meant to be kept secret until the final tally, someone who accidentally knocked it over mid-vote was literally spilling the beans—and figuratively spilling the beans about the results.

While we don’t know for sure that the phrase spill the beans really does date all the way back to ancient times, we do know that people have used the word spill to mean “divulge” at least since the 16th century. The Oxford English Dictionary’s earliest known reference of it is from a letter written by Spanish chronicler Antonio de Guevara sometime before his death in 1545 (the word spill appears in Edward Hellowes’s 1577 translation of the letter).

Writers started to pair spill with beans during the 20th century. The first known mention is from Thomas K. Holmes’s 1919 novel The Man From Tall Timber: “‘Mother certainly has spilled the beans!’ thought Stafford in vast amusement.”

In short, it’s still a mystery why people decided that beans were an ideal food to describe spilling secrets. As for whether you’re imagining hard, raw beans like the Greeks used or the tender, seasoned beans from Kevin Malone’s ill-fated chili, we’ll leave that up to you.

[h/t Bloomsbury International]