Archive for New-to-me words

hypocorism

According to Wikipedia: A hypocorism […] is a diminutive form of a name. Hypocorisms include pet names or calling names[…] The article also includes lists of dozens of hypocorisms from many languages.

Mashrabiya

According to Wikipedia: A mashrabiya […] is a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with carved wood latticework located on the second storey of a building or higher, often lined with stained glass. The mashrabiya is an element of traditional Arabic architecture used since the Middle Ages up to the mid-20th century.

orography

The word orography comes from Greek words meaning hill and to write; hill-writing seems like an evocative image to me. But the word refers to, as Wikipedia describes it, “the study of the topographic relief of mountains.”