1. Debonairity: Old French had debonaireté and English took it to make debonairity. Why we ever lost this one, I cannot say.
2. Earnesty: used a bit in the 16th century for earnestness.
3. Enviousty: The OED gives only one example from the 14th century. It might have done better as enviosity.
4. Fewty: An obsolete Scottish term for just what it says “the condition of being few.”
5. Fiercety: First citation 1382, and while fierceness had an edge from the beginning, fiercety continued to show up occasionally in examples like “The Northyn wynde blewe with suche fyerste” (1513).
6. Graciosity: From the French gracieuseté. Graciousness is nice, but graciosity is nicer.
7. Heavity: We’ve got levity, so why not heavity? Chaucer liked it.
8. Nervosity: It certainly sounds more nervous than nervousness. This one was used more in the sense of neuroticism. In the words of psychologist Willam James (1890), “There is no real evidence that physical refinement and nervosity tend to accumulate from generation to generation in aristocratic or intellectual families.”
9. Outrageousty: So much more outrageous than outrageousness. Too bad it fell out of use after the 15th century.
10. Rigorosity: Is your English department known for its rigorosity? Then they should be familiar with this word.
11. Rudity: All the better to rhyme with crudity. Use this one to poetify your rants.
12. Seemlity: You already sound a bit fancy if you use the word seemliness. Just imagine how much fancier you’ll sound if you use seemlity instead.
13. Seriosity: You can use this one in all seriosity … but people might laugh.
14. Terribility: Terribleness is a pretty bad quality to have, but terribility? That’s terrifying.
1) “A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.” (1970)
2) “A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.”(1972)
3) “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
4) “On my 70th birthday I was going to get a tramp stamp.” (2011)
5) “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after”
6) “When I was hosting the Today show, I had a little fat removed from above my eyes so I didn’t look like Mao Zedong and I could wear my contacts. It looked worse afterward.” (2011)
7) “So what would happen if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not?…Street guys would invent slang (“He’s a three-pad man”) and “give fives” on the corner with some exchange like, “Man you lookin’ good!” “Yeah, man, I’m on the rag!” — If Men Could Menstruate, 1978
8) Her most famous quote is “women need men like fish need a bicycle,” but Gloria is a great lady, and great ladies give credit where credit is due. So she corrected us in 2000 when we misattributed this famous quote to her, when in fact Australian Irina Dunn came up with it. Steinem wrote a letter to Time in 2000,
“You credit me with the witticism “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” In fact, Irina Dunn, a distinguished Australian educator, journalist and politician, coined the phrase back in 1970 when she was a student at the University of Sydney. She paraphrased the philosopher who said, “Man needs God like a fish needs a bicycle.” Dunn deserves credit for creating such a popular and durable spoof of the old idea that women need men more than vice versa.”