Cool Words for Gamers: Nascent – Ossify

Hopefully you don’t see me as a nudnik or one who suffers from oligophrenia!

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)
By William McAusland (Outland Arts)


Last week, I tackled the “M” words. This week, we hurl ourselves into the Ns and Os!:


  • Nascent starting to grow or develop, being born
  • Necrology a list of people recently dead
  • Necromorphous feigning death to deter an aggressor
  • Necrophagous that which eats dead or decaying animal flesh
  • Nefandous unspeakable, unutterable, appalling
  • Nescience lack of knowledge, ignorance
  • Niddering infamous, base or cowardly
  • Nihilism a complete denial of all established authority and institutions
  • Noisome (especially of smells) offensive, harmful or noxious
  • Nubile ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity; sexually attractive
  • Nudnik a person who is a bore or nuisance
  • Nugatory of little value; trifling
  • Numinous divine
  • Nycterent one who hunts by night
  • Nyle fog, mist


  • Objurgate chide, scold, upbraid vehemently
  • Objurgation a harsh rebuke
  • Obnubilate becloud, obscure
  • Occultation bring hidden from view
  • Oenomel a beverage made of wine and honey
  • Oligophrenia feeblemindedness
  • Oneiric of or relating to dreams; dreamy
  • Ongle claw
  • Opalescent having or emitting an iridescence (displaying a spectrum of colours that shimmer and change due to interference and scattering as the observer’s position changes) like that of an opal
  • Oracular resembling an oracle (as in solemnity of delivery); of, relating to, or being an oracle
  • Ordure excrement, dung
  • Oscular of or relating to a mouth-like aperture
  • Ossify to convert or be converted to bone

More Cool Words?

Do you know other cool, but odd, words beginning with the letter “N” or “O”? If you do, share them in the comments below and add to your fellow gamers’ vocabulary!

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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