Let’s dive down even further by looking at examples that will make you say, “There’s a word for that?”
Hypergraphia: a compulsion to write, sometimes uncontrollably.
She was disappointed that her hypergraphia did not yield anything worthy of being published.
Mysophobia: an abnormal fear of dirt.
Don’t let a little mysophobia keep you from enjoying the camping trip.
Lissotrichous: having straight or smooth hair.
Looking in the mirror at the frizzy mass upon her head, she wished to be lissotrichous.
Schadenfreude: pleasure derived from the misfortunes of another person.
Was it Schadenfreude I felt when I heard about his car problems?
Avuncular: having to do with an uncle; characteristic of an uncle.
His avuncular tone undercut the value of his valuable advice.
Penultimate: next to last.
She reached the penultimate check in her checkbook and panicked when she realized she hadn’t ordered more.
Esprit d’escalier: a French term that means a witty remark thought of too late. The literal meaning is “wit of the staircase.”
My esprit d’esalier came to me the next morning.