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Happy National Dictionary Day and a very happy birthday to Noah Webster himself! Born on October 16, 1758, unfortunately, Webster has long since passed. But, his wonderful dictionary still lives on today. As an English major and future language arts teacher, I am geeking for National Dictionary Day. To celebrate this day, here is a list of 20 words you should definitely add to your vocabulary.  


1. Ser·en·dip·i·ty /ˌserənˈdipədē/ noun

the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.


2. Eu·pho·ri·a /yo͞oˈfôrēə/


a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.


3. Mel·lif·lu·ous /məˈliflo͞oəs/


(of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear.


4. In·ef·fa·ble /inˈefəb(ə)l/


too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.


5. ai·lur·o·phile



a cat lover.


(This should just be changed to my name!) 


6. phos·phene



a ring or spot of light produced by pressure on the eyeball or direct stimulation of the visual system other than by light.


(This is what happens when you rub your eyes too hard and see stars, there’s an actual word for it and it’s beautiful and amazing.)


7. ef·fer·ves·cence


noun bubbles in a liquid; fizz.


8. mel·an·chol·y



a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.


(One of my personal favorites!) 


9. wan·der·lust



a strong desire to travel.


10. no·men·cla·ture



the devising or choosing of names for things, especially in a science or other discipline.


11. spe·lunk·ing



the exploration of caves, especially as a hobby.


12. ec·sta·sy


noun an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement.


13. lu·gu·bri·ous



looking or sounding sad and dismal


14. e·bul·lient



cheerful and full of energy.


15. De·noue·ment /ˌdāno͞oˈmäN/


the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.


(The English major nerd in me loves this word to a whole new level!)


16. ce·les·tial



positioned in or relating to the sky, or outer space as observed in astronomy.


17. foi·ble



a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone’s character.


18. so·lil·o·quy



an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.


19. quix·ot·ic



exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.


20. E·the·re·al


adjective extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.


While these may not be Noah Webster’s idea of dictionary-worthy words during the 1800s, they are indeed words that deserve their own special spot in the dictionary today. Words can have so much power and can perfectly describe a moment, feeling, situation or thought that no string of words could ever do. Never stop looking for new words to expand your vocabulary and to celebrate and appreciate the beautiful language we speak every day! 


I love adventures in my canoe, reading, painting, running and exploring! 
My name is Hannah Hippensteel, and I like to say I'm a Chicago city-slicker, but I'm actually from the 'burbs. I'm currently a senior at Winona State with a major in mass communication-journalism and a minor in sociology. Catch me enjoying all Winona has to offer: the bluffs, the incomparable Bloedow's Bakery, and not to mention, Minnesota boys. With a goal of working at Teen Vogue, Seventeen or Glamour magazine, I'm soaking up every opportunity to keep my finger on the pulse and share my personal voice!