‘Tepefy’ is a verb, which means ‘to make or become tepid or lukewarm’.
And it’s a transitive verb, which means it can’t exist by itself but needs a noun to complete the action, just like ‘kick’ (the ball), ‘paint’ (the portrait) or ‘clean’ (the kitchen – ha!). So you’d ‘tepefy’ the bathwater on a frozen winter’s morning.
And its related noun is ‘tepefaction’. Which makes sense, when you think about it.
We need this word in more regular use in everyday life, don’t we.
Yes? Because the word ‘warm’, which seems to have replaced it, both as the transitive verb and as its related noun, seems too simple. Too quick, too easy.
Any takers? Anyone out there agree with me? Yes? Anyone? Going… going…
Ergo, the disappearance of so many words…
Here’s to your day, dear Reader.