Just looking at this word makes me laugh. But it is a real word, at least according to Merriam-Webster, the American Heritage Dictionary, and a few other sources. And not only is this word legit–it’s been used since 1766!
Now here’s one you don’t hear often–or do you? First off, the meaning:
If you’ve seen the movie Ex Machina, this term will make a lot more sense to you (can Oscar Isaac dance, or what?!). Of course, it will probably also make sense to you if you took a lot of English lit classes in college. It’s one of those adopted words, like “denouement,” that requires above-average pronunciation skills to avoid humiliation or befuddled looks.
This little gem has been around since 1935, but, had it not been for Dan Savage and his “Savage Love” column, I don’t think I ever would have known it existed.
Here’s what Merriam-Webster has to say about this nifty noun: