Michael Gilleland at Laudator Temporis Acti has a marvellous post on words ending in â€“fuge. He notes Thomas Hardyâ€™s coinage of dolorifuge in Tess Of The Dâ€™Urbervilles –
â€œThe children … had made use of this idea as a species of dolorifuge after the death of the horse.â€
– and cites a contemporary reviewer of Hardy complaining about his â€œoutlandish wordsâ€ â€“
â€œThink how absolutely out of colour in Arcadia are such words as ‘dolorifuge’, ‘photosphere’, ‘heliolatries’, ‘arborescence’, ‘concatenation’, ‘noctambulist’ – where, indeed, are such in colour? – and Mr. Hardy further uses that horrid verb ‘ecstatisize’.â€
There are many more â€“fuge words to chew over, and I may well make use of some of them in the coming year.