Defenestrate is one of my favorite words. There is just something about it that sounds…cool. I first became acquainted with it when I was in my ninth grade English class. Since that time I have had moments in which I proudly engaged in acts of defenestration.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it here is an easy definition.

de·fen·es·trate (dē-fĕnĭ-strāt) pronunciation
tr.v., -trat·ed, -trat·ing, -trates.

To throw out of a window.

In case you are wondering what made me think of sharing this with you I attribute it to Meryl’s post here.

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  1. Anonymous January 25, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    I assume this is linguistically related to the Yiddish word פענסטער?

  2. Jack's Shack January 12, 2007 at 6:07 am

    I enjoy finding obscure words.

  3. Rhea January 11, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    I like this word, too. Funny, that they made up a word for this semi-rare occurrence.

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