Friday, April 26, 2013


Meaning: the state of having the desire to touch

Usefulness: 1 ("Textured fabrics induce a terrible tacturiency in me; I find it hard to resist touching velvet." Or a sign in a shop: "Whatever your tacturiency, please resist.")

Logofascination: 1 (Besides being invented by Sir Thomas for one of his more well-known original passages, this lead to an interesting consideration of the difference between a word ending in ence - tacturience - or ency. I think it's that tacturience is the desire to touch, while tacturiency is being in the state of having that desire. As ever, clarification welcome.)

In the wild: Besides appearing in The Horologicon, it turns up in the usual logofascinated corners of the internet, and also as the name of a rather alternative art project. At least, I think it was art.

Degrees: 0

Connections: n/a

Which is used in: Ekskybalauron, as the Admirable Chrichton and his lady pass the time: note its mutuality.
the tacturiency of both, made the attrectation of both consequent to the inspection of either; here was it that passion was active, and action passive, they both being overcome by other, and each the conqueror.
The full passage is at hirquitalliency.

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