Vocabulary Building – Home Ed Style!

Last week we stumble across the superb “A to Z of Unusual Words” collection by the The Project Twins. The collection is described thus: “Bold graphics and visual wit are used to interpret and represent a collection of strange, unusual and lost words.” and you can see the pictures here. Sadly, we were too late to order one of the limited edition sets of postcards, so we thought we would make our own family A to Z. We have made it to F so far.

I kicked off with the letter A. 

Autotonsorialistone who cuts their own hair:


Waif drew this super-cute bombilating bee:

Bombilateloudly hum or buzz continuously


And Gman plundered food:

Cleptobiosisthe act of plundering food.


The character in Waif’s next illustration is throwing a maths textbook out of the window!

Defenestrateto throw something out of the window


Watch out for Gman’s disapproving audience!:

Exsibilationthe collective hisses of a disapproving audience


And Mama was suspended by a single thread:

Filipenduloussuspended by a singe thread


The words were all taken from this list, if you fancy making your own A to Z!

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11 thoughts on “Vocabulary Building – Home Ed Style!

  1. Motherfunker says:

    Laughing my head off, these are brilliant. Please finish the alphabet so we can see the rest! Barenakedladies do an alternative alphabet song, I’ll dig around online and see if I can find it then send you a link.

  2. What a brilliant idea – the drawings are wonderful!

  3. Renard Moreau says:

    [ Smiles ] Wow! Impressive!

    I really enjoyed your post.

    Now, what are the chances of a person using these words in sentences as part of their everyday conversation?

    I truly look forward to reading your next post.

  4. rossmountney says:

    Brilliant idea! Love it! x

  5. irenejames says:

    hilarious pictures, made me giggle over my morning cuppa! will be trying to work these into conversation all day!

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