It’s not often I come across a word I don’t know/can’t guess the meaning of. But this morning looking for the first time at the guide to the Paris metro on the station wall while waiting for my train, I saw this puzzling word:
It sounds like a name for a foot fetishist, or possibly a type of dinosaur. But in fact, it is the word used to describe the textured strip which runs along the edge of the metro station platform, which you can feel with your feet. Presumably to stop people who can’t see very well/at all from falling off the edge. So foot fetishist was close: those GCSE Latin lessons with Mr Shaw (where Caecilius was cheating on his wife with the slave girl) did have their uses after all.
So, podotactile is officially word of the week.
I challenge you all to use it in conversation at least twice.