A ventifact is an intriguing, marvellous, and magnificent thing:
White Desert, Egypt. Photo by Christine Schultz.
but because the word ventifact sounds so much like a piece of information repeated loudly again and again by someone very angry, it is sadly unusable on nearly all occasions.
Sunday Rest: ventifact. A ventifact is a pebble or rock that's been shaped by wind-blown sand or ice crystals. The Latin word ventus means wind, and the other Latin word facere means to make.