Gnomonics Yikes - bet you don't know this one! Clue: I'm posting this in November, when we have to "spring forward, fall back."
Non-rhotic Nice one! It's really hard! As a bonus, any idea what a trap-bath split is? Let's dance!
Irrumatio Yup, apologies in advance. Another one of those words, but I bet it's a new one for you!
Aposematic Not wildly interesting, but I'll bet this is one you've never heard before! Here's a quote; see if you can figure its meaning out in context, before hitting the link: "A gigantic bird of prey was descending on him, its claws outstretched. Its aposematic wings were spread wide, as wide as the field itself. Looking up in shock, Hungaman saw how fanciful the wings were, fretted at the edges, iridescent, bright as a butterfly's wings and as gentle. - Aboard the Beatitude, Brian W. Aldiss, 2002" (My thanks to World Wide Words.)
Littoral Yet another new word for me, which I discovered when writing about windmills off the Atlantic seaboard. (<-- hint!)
Aperçus It's been some time since I updated this page, but I just found this delicious word. It's a short synopsis or a clever insight.
Foxymoron Pretty much self-defining, but a word most definitely worthy of inclusion here. "That Sarah Palin - such a foxymoron!"
Autogynephilia (Yeah, I know - more sexual aberrations. What can I say? Maybe I need to get out more often.) For a more interesting explanation, check out the second letter in this column from Dan Savage, an advice columnist with true wisdom and wit, unlike Dear Abby and her wannabes. In fact, you may wanna read the entire column - I'm sure it will make you want to return every week to see what Dan has to say.
Ephebophilia Interestingly, it turns out that what we generally call "pedophilia" really means a sexual attraction to pre-pubescents. This one - ephebophilia - refers to sexual attraction towards 14-19 year-old boys and 16-19 year-old girls. There are even gender-specific terms for ranges of age groups younger than that. Who knew?
Dithyramb A Greek word - it's a song sung by 50 naked men or boys dancing in a circle, in honor of Dionysus.
Rhypophobia Oh dear - more scatological stuff! (That's a clue...)
Manumit This one hit me during one of those excursions on the 'net where you just "let go" and keep clicking through from one site to another, as long as they look interesting. It's amazing how many different topics are covered this way!!! I found an online crossword from a British newspaper, and this was one of the answers (it was their "easy" crossword!).
Note: Since bafflegab is mostly what I speak, I'm officially changing the name of this page!
Mojibake This is a great word, especially if you are of a technical bent!
Klismaphilia - again, mature. Oh who'm I kidding? The rest are all dirty.