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Oocephalous

Definition: Someone with an egg-like head; a brainy/nerdy person.

Pronunciation:  OH-OH-seff-faa-luss

Origin:

Greek and Latin–

From Greek’s “oion” (“egg”) and “kephale” (“head”), and a Latin suffix.

Why this word?

I’ve always thought “egg-head” was a pretty unpleasant term; not necessarily regarding the type of person it’s used for, but mostly regarding how it sounds in my ear. (This might stem from the fact that I’m really not fond of eggs to begin with.)

Similar sounding words, like “hydrocephalus”, have always sounded better to me, too. I think it might be the “ceph” and polysyllabic nature of the terms.

How to use the word oocephalous in a sentence?

Example: “The first thing the little man did was pass the Oocephalous Act, which forbade schoolyard bullies from taunting their bookish peers under pain of extreme embarrassment.”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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