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What David Foster Wallace Circled in His Dictionary

Posted April 14, 2010 on Slate, with thanks to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin for providing the list.

Ablative absolute

Ablaut

Abulia

Acephalous

ACTH

Adit

Adumbrate

Agrapha

Ailanthus

Aleatory

Alfresco

Algolagnia

Alpestrine

Ament

Anecdotage

Androsterone

Anemone fish

Anneal

Antiphon

Antipode

Apathetic

Apercu

aphagia

Aphotic

Apocarpous

Appoggiatura

Aquavit

Arc-boutant

Archimedean screw

Archine

Arcuate

Argon

Armamentarium

Arrière-ban

Arris

Ascites

Asco-

Aspheric

Astrolabe

Athabasca/Athabaska

Atony

Auscultate

Autolysis

Azygous

BAL

Banderole/banderol

Banquette

Bathyscaph

Benthos

Bespoke

Bialy

Bibulous

Bisque

Bonded warehouse

Bregma

Cachexia

Cachinnate

Cairngorm

Caisson

Calenture

Caliposis

Caparison

Carbinol

Carpophagous

Cartouche/cartouch

Cassis

Catachresis

castellated

Catarrhine

Catastasis

Cecum

Cete

Chalcedony

chatelain

Chatoyant

Chthonic

Citronella

Clastic

Clavate

Climbing irons

Clinometer

Clinquant

Cobnut

Coir

Collective bargaining

Conchoidal

Condonation

Confluence

Contredanse

Corporation

corvée

corvine

coryphaeus

couvad

coxcomb

crasis

cunctation

curettage

deadeye

debouch

decalcomania

decrepitate

deforce

delectation

delft

deliration

delitescence

demotic

demulcent

deracinate

descant

desiderate

desinence

desuetude

diadem

dicast

digitate

dihedral

diopter

dioptometer

dioptric

dioptrics

diriment

dissimulate

distichous

divaricate

domino

double-tongue

durbar

edema

ejecta

Elaine

elan

emulous

entrepôt

enucleate

eparchy

epopee

eruct

eructation

esker

espadrille

espalier

estovers

esurient

etiolate

euhemerism

exergue

facial index

fastigiate

fauces

fazenda

feculent

fibroin

fictile

fiduciary

fisc

flagitious

flense

flitch

fluvial

foamflower

folium

forensic

fornication

fossorial

fourfold

fraktur

fraxinella

fulgurant

gallimaufry

gallinaceous

garniture

gavage

gerent

girasol

glans penis

Glengarry

glycine

gnosis

gnostic

Gnosticism

graminivorous

gravid

guttate

hagiarchy

haik

Havelock

Heliogabalus

hematuria

heterodox

heterogeneous

heteroplasty

horripilation

hyperopia

hyperplasia

hypnagogic

hypocaust

hypocorism

iatric

illation

imbricate

imperforate

inanition

indene

indurate

inextirpable

internecine

intinction

intussuscept

invidious

kakemono

kala-azar

Kallikaks

karabiner

kohl

laciniate

lamia

landau

legatee

leptosome

litotes

logical positivism

longeron

lordosis

lucubrate

lugubrious

luxate

macaronic

mage

Mahabharata

maieutic

mammillate

mansuetude

mantic

mantua

manumit

marcescent

mare clausum

massif

mavourneen

mazurka

meatus

meninx

mercer

meretricious

meristem

mesomorph

metacenter

metagenesis

misericord

misogamy

misology

misoneism

mitzvah

moiré

moke

Molly Maguire

molybdenum

monel metal

monitory

monody

monoplegia

morganatic

motile

mucronate

multipara

mures

murra

nacelle

nappe

narghile

nekton

neroli

névé

nevus

nictitating membrane

niddering

nigrosine

obsequy

ocarina

officinal

omasum

ombudsman

ommatophore

onyx

opalescence

ophidian

ornithosis

orology

orpine

orrery

ort

orthochromatic

orthoepy

orthogonal

oscitancy

Osiris

osmic

osmium

osteophyte

oviform

ovine

paillette

parotitis

parturient

parvenu

peccant

pedalfer

pedicel

pelf

pellicle

penumbra

peplum

pepo

perdition

perfidy

pergola

periodontics

periotic

peripeteia

periphrasis

periphrastic

peripteral

permittivity

pertussis

petroglyph

petrolatum

phlox

photogravure

phylactery

piaffer

pilose

pinchbeck

pinnate

planation

pleach

pleasance

pleonasm

plethoric

plication

plimsoll

plissé

polder

pons asinorum

pons varolii

poplar

portcullis

prebend

preferment

premonition

preterition

pronate

pronephros

proptosis

prosopopeia

puerperal fever

quinate

quondam

raga

ramulose

realgar

rebarbative

rebec

rebus

recrudesce

recruit

rectus

recurvate

recusant

red lead

relaxin

relict

reliction

remarque

replevin

réseau/reseau

rete

revetment

rogation

ruth

salient

saliferous

saprophagous

sarcastic

sarcoptic mange

sassafras

sateen

saturnalia

saturnine

scabrous

scarious

scholium

seborrhea

sedilia

sepsis

serous

shako

shinplaster

sibilate

sibyl

siphonophore

skirl

slime mold

sociometry

socle

Sogdian

soke

solander

sordino

soubrette

spavin

splendent

spline

sprachgefühl

Stabat Mater

stative

stato–

steatopygia

steatorrhea

stipule

stochastic

stoup

strickle

stridulate

suborn

succussion

sudd

sudorific

suint

sumptuary

supernatant

surcingle

sylph

sylphid

symposiarch

syntax

sypher

tabanid

tabes

tabla

taiga

talapoin

talion

tanist

Tantalus

tartuffe

telium

tenesmus

tennis

tepefy

tercel

tertium quid

tetrastichous

thigmotaxis

thymus

timbale

tontine

tr.

trabeated

traduce

traducianism

trepan

trephine

trews

tropophyte

tympanites

Tyr

tyro

urticant

urticate

urushiol

uxorial

uxoricide

uxorious

valgus

vang

varletry

varve

veloce

venule

vernier caliper

versant

versicolor

vinculum

virilism

vitelline

vivandière

viva voce

viviparous

volant

volar

votary

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