7 Disturbing Things You Had No Idea There Was a Word For

7 Disturbing Things You Had No Idea There Was a Word For

If you can imagine it there’s probably someone out there doing it. If someone’s out there doing it there’s probably someone talking or writing about it. If someone’s talking or writing about it then sooner or later there’s going to be a word for it. From sensations to strange occurrences to accidents and disorders, read on for 7 disturbing things you had no idea there was a word for.


Adelphepothia is derived from the word, adelphe which means sister and pothos which means desire. It’s unclear where the word came from or when it was first used but it is a word and it is a thing and I am disturbed.

If you ask me this word is just a cop-out, a way for surgeons to avoid having to actually utter the words ‘I left a surgical sponge inside your body’. Horrifyingly a study completed by the Irish Journal of Medical Science has cited the frequency of gossypiboma occurring as high as 1 out of every 3000 to 5000 operations.

There are few sensations as creepy as looking up from your coffee, your laptop or your book and seeing somebody leering at you. How long have they been watching you like that? Sometimes it’s not enough to catch the person in the act, they just keep on staring anyway. In my experience the only thing that works is flipping the bird and turning your back.

I hate, hate, hate being tickled and if I had my way tickling someone against their will would be grounds to have them arrested for grievous bodily harm. An English word, the etymology of gargalesthesia is unknown.

Although diabulimia is not generally recognised by medical communities the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary last year.

So far I’ve given you words for disturbing sensations or experiences that, if we’re lucky, we can avoid ever having to deal with but lethologica is something most of us have felt and man, is it disturbing. The word lethologica was coined by Carl Jung from the Ancient Greek words lethe, meaning ‘forgetfulness’ and logos, meaning ‘word’.

Yes, this is a real thing. I’ve been unable to find any etymology for krukolibidinous but let’s take an educated guess and say the French came up with it. They did invent the Cancan after all.



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