I'm looking for an arcane or obscure word to describe a person's daily record.

Words like:

account, agenda, appointment book, chronicle, diary, daily record, daybook, engagement book, journal, log, minutes, notebook, record

work, but are common. Do you have something more obscure?

  • Arcane and obscure seem subjective criteria, to me.
    – apaderno
    Mar 12, 2011 at 0:49
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    If you don't know the meaning of a posted answer, upvote it. The most arcane word will float to the top, and you'll have objective proof of it. ;)
    – rxmnnxfpvg
    Mar 12, 2011 at 0:52
  • I will wait somebody writes an Old English word, then.
    – apaderno
    Mar 12, 2011 at 1:09

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Ephemeris has an obsolete meaning synonymous with this, and it certainly has a solid arcane flavor to it. Also rather lovely is noctuary, which is the opposite of "diary", logging what happens during the night rather than the day.


How about the Latin libellus.

It is used for any "little book", but specifically journals, diaries, logbooks, notebooks.


It's not a very good fit in meaning, but vade mecum springs to mind - literally, it's Latin for "go with me", and it means a little book with useful information that you carry around with you. It can contain a section for daily notes and such, although that is not its primary purpose.


Any of those would be rendered more recondite were you to add the adjective quotidian to them.

quotidian of or occurring every day; daily : the car sped noisily off through the quotidian traffic. • ordinary or everyday, esp. when mundane : his story is an achingly human one, mired in quotidian details.

So you might refer to someone's "quotidian chronicle" if you wanted to be all, like, abstruse & stuff.

  • I could always add modifiers, but I'm looking for a word that has fallen out of favor.
    – rxmnnxfpvg
    Mar 12, 2011 at 0:44

'Grimoire' is more specifically an instruction book, particularly dark, used by alchemists or sorcerers, but could describe a diary or journal of a similarly dark person.

Similarly arcane is 'Book of Shadows', as popularized by Gerald Gardner.

There is also 'apocryphon', which means secret writing. It has a strong tie to the early Christian movement, especially gnosticism.

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