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10 Words You Probably Didn’t Know Existed In The English Language

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The English language is truly a funny one. While it is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, it can also be a rather complicated one. And it’s not just the grammar and pronunciation, but also in some cases, the words that can be rather confusing. We would all like to believe that we have a pretty good grasp of the language. But, do we truly know all the words? Here are 10 such words that will put your knowledge to the test.

1. Kerfuffle

The word, which has been around since the 1800s is traced back to Scottish or Celtic roots. It means ‘to create a fuss or a bother that results in there being a lot of noise’.

Sentence: What’s all the yelling for? Why are you making such a kerfuffle?

2. Ragamuffin

At some point, we’ve all heard the word ‘rag’ before, right? This word that traces its origins back to the Middle Ages, is a take on that. The definition of the word ragamuffin is ‘ a person who usually wears dirty or scruffy clothes’. The clothes look exactly like rags. Alternately, it could also be used to define scruffy-looking animals.

Sentence: What happened to you? Why do you look like such a ragamuffin?

3. Whippersnapper

While this term is barely used in the modern day, it’s still a really fun word to use (if you’re into that kinda thing). Over the years the definition of this word has evolved. In the past, it was used to refer to someone who was lazy and had no ambitions. Now, it actually refers to a person who is overconfident and rather cheeky.

Sentence: Well, aren’t you a little whippersnapper!

4. Gobbledygook

We know! Sounds pretty weird right? Believe it or not, this word was actually created from the sound that turkeys make. The word is commonly used to refer to words that don’t make sense. It also refers to people who use too many technical words, which the other person can’t understand.

Sentence: He kept talking about something the whole time. To me, it was a load of gobbledygook!

5. Poppycock

Before you burst out into laughter or set your mind down a dirt road, stop. It doesn’t mean any of that. The word actually finds its origins all the way back to the 1800s and is derived from the Dutch word ‘pappekak‘. It’s used to refer to someone who talks utter nonsense. It’s when a person thinks what they are saying is true but in reality, it’s not true but they still think they are right. Think of it as the older version of bulls**t.

Sentence: You do know that everything you’re saying is just a load of poppycock right?

6. Discombobulate

This word is the exactly what you might be feeling right now, confused? Well, that’s exactly what this word means. The word literally means ‘to confuse’.

Sentence: You look rather discombobulated by all this information. Need a minute?

7. Curmudgeon

This word is commonly used to denote someone who is grumpy or rather bad-tempered. So the next time you come across your grumpy friend, use this word.

Sentence: I really don’t like Steve… he’s a real curmudgeon!

8. Lackadaisical

Looking for a new word that can help you call someone lazy and unenthusiastic? Well, you’ve found just the word! While the origins of the word aren’t clear, it’s been around since the 1700′.

Sentence: You can’t be so lackadaisical about your life. Do something and change it around!

9. Lollygag

Anyone who loves procrastination should familiarise themselves with this word because it’s literally what they do. It means to be idle, lazy or waste time. While you can still hear the word every now and then, it’s something that’s very common.

Sentence: Please could you stop lollygagging and focus?

10. Cacophony

Ever had a moment where you hear the worst possible sounds, all at once? That would be considered a cacophony. It is when a mixture of horrible sounds all come together.

Sentence: Every morning, I’m bombarded with a cacophony of noises! The alarm, the gardener, the maid, everyone unites to spoil my sleep.

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Wouldn’t it be great if we all had the time to read through the entire dictionary? Okay, maybe not for all of us, but there are so many words in the English language that we don’t know about because they’re not used often. We went on a hunt to find some of the most interesting words that aren’t used in everyday speech, but should be!

1. Darkle (v.) – to become clouded or gloomy.

The sky darkled and started to rain making it the perfect day to stay home and read.

2. Interfenestration (n.) – the space between two windows.

I hung up a beautiful portrait of J.K. Rowling on the interfenestration in my apartment.


3. Scintillate (v.) – emitting sparks, or quick flashes that look like sparks.

The new Marlon James book seemed to scintillate on the table, catching my eye.

4. Sparsile (n.) – a star not belonging to any constellation.

An example of a sparsile is our Sun.

5. Jentacular (adj.) – pertaining to breakfast.

I love reading something jentacular while having my morning coffee and some pancakes.

6. Tittynope (n.) – a small quantity of something left over.

There was only a tittynope of books left in my “to read” pile.

7. Absquatulate (v.) – to leave somewhere abruptly.

I was feeling overwhelmed at the party, so I absquatulated to run home and read.

8. Blatherskite (n.) – a person who talks at great length without making much sense.

Jim is such a blatherskite, he does not belong in a quiet library.


9. Peely-wally (adj.) – looking pale or unwell.

Poor Katie, she was looking kind of peely-wally after she heard the Fantastic Beasts spoilers.

10. Colporteur (n.) – a person who sells books, newspapers, and similar literature.

My dream is to quit my job on Wall Street and become a colporteur instead.

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Another 25 Words you Don’t Know

Following on from our first list of words you don’t know, we present another 25. Learn one a day and impress your friends!

Words 25 – 21

25. Girn – To bare your teeth in anger and sadness

24. Yerd – To beat with a stick.

23. Dendrofilous – Loving trees enough to live in them.

22. Wamfle – To walk around with flapping clothes.

21. Ribazuba – Ivory from a walrus.

Words 20 – 16

20. Franch – To eat greedily.

19. Nazzard – A lowly or weak person.

18. Cachinnate – To laugh noisily.

17. Sesamoid – Having the size and shape of a sesame seed.

16. Yerk – To tie with a jerk.

Words 15 – 11

15. Mullion – A vertical dividing piece between window lights or panels.

14. Labrose – Thick-lipped

13. Misodoctakleidist – Someone who dislikes practicing the piano.

12. Hesternal – Having to do with yesterday.

11. Crurophilous – Liking legs.

Words 10 – 6

10. Glabella – The space on your forehead between your eyebrows.

9. Fample – To feed a child.

8. Coprolalomaniac – Someone who compulsively uses foul language.

7. Onychotillomaniac – Someone who constantly picks his or her nails.

6. Glossolalia – Gibberish; babble

Words 5 – 1

5. Gash-gabbit – Having a protruding chin.

4. Sneckdraw – A sneaky or mean person.

3. Hircine – Something that smells like a goat.

2. Wallydrag – A completely useless person.

1. Onygophagist – A person who bites his or her nails.

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There are so many weird and wonderful words in the English Dictionary which are rarely used, and some of them sound like they come straight out of a Roald Dahl book! We promise we didn’t make these up.

How many of these words did you already know?

1. Balter
Definition: Dancing clumsily without any particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment.
Use it: ‘I don’t dance, I balter.’

2. Defenestrate
Definition: Throwing a person or thing out of a window.
Use it: ‘Howard made me so cross, I had to fight the urge to defenestrate him.’

3. Nibling
Definition: The gender-neutral term for nieces or nephews
Use it: ‘How many niblings do you have?’

4. Callipygian
Definition: Having a shapely bottom.
Use it: ‘My new gardener has callipygian features.’

5. Griffonage
Definition: Careless or illegible handwriting.
Use it: ‘I can never read Rupert’s griffonage.’


6. Steatopygic
Definition: Having a large bottom.
Use it: ‘Roger’s new wife has a rather bad case of steatopygia.’

7. Snollygoster
Definition: An unscrupulous, untrustworthy person.
Use it: ‘Ooh I wouldn’t trust that snollygoster further than I could throw him’.

8. Dysania
Definition: The state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
Use it: ‘Sorry I’m late for work, I suffer from Dysania.’

9. Hullabaloo
Definition: A commotion or a fuss/another word for kerfuffle!
Use it: ‘What’s all the hullabaloo about?’


10. Pentapopemptic
Definition: A person who has been divorced five times.
Use it: ‘Did you know that Frank is a pentapopemptic?’

11. Cancatervate
Definition: Heaping things into a pile.
Use it: ‘Please tidy up properly – don’t just cancatervate everything!

12. Paresthesia
Definition: The prickly feeling when your limb ‘falls asleep’ – also known as pins and needles!
Use it: ‘Can you go and get it? I can’t – I have paresthesia.’


13. Whippersnapper
Definition: A young and inexperienced person considered to be overconfident.
Use it: ‘Stop being a whippersnapper young lady!’

Snollygoster and Whippersnapper sound like something straight out of a Roald Dahl Book! Image: Quentin Blake Illustration, Getty.

14. Discombobulate
Definition: Another word for confuse
Use it: ‘Well, this is all a little discombobulating!’

15. Ailurophile
Definition: A cat lover.
Use it: ‘I don’t trust ailurophiles.’

16. Krukolibidinous
Definition: Looking at someone’s crotch.
Use it: ‘I’ve had to stop going to male ballets, as I just can’t control how krukolibidinous I am.’


17. Pogonotrophy
Definition: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.
Use it: ‘Sue spends a lot of time in Shoreditch as she is such a fan of pogonotrophy.’


18. Cachinnate
Definition: To laugh very, very loudly.
Use it: ‘We had such a great time, we just couldn’t stop cachinnating!’

19. Phosphene
Definition: The stars or dots you see when you rub your eyes.
Use it: ‘I can’t see clearly due to all the phosphenes’


25 Words You Didn’t Know Were in the Dictionary

With perhaps three-quarters of a million words in the English language, it’s fairly reasonable to suggest that you probably won’t get around to learning them all, and that there’ll be plenty of words hiding away in the dictionary that you’ll never need (or want) to know.

In some cases, that’s a real shame: Look closely enough and the dictionary contains dozens of eminently useful words, like euneirophrenia (the pleasant feeling of contentment that comes from waking up after a nice dream), zwodder (a cloudy, befuddled mental state caused by not getting enough sleep), and snollygoster (a disreputable politician). But in other cases—as with the 25 weird and obscure words listed here—not knowing or using them might be totally understandable.



As well as being one of the strangest words in the dictionary, archimime or archmime is also perhaps one of the strangest occupations in history: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, an archimime was “a chief buffoon or jester” whose job involved attending funerals and impersonating the deceased person. (No, really.)



Yes, this slang word for anything particularly awesome was added to the dictionary (or at least the online arm of Oxford Dictionaries) in 2015, along with the likes of fur baby, wine o’clock, manspreading, and mkay.



If you know your classics, you might know this one already: A batrachomyomachy is a petty quarrel or pointless argument. That might sound straightforward enough, but when you find out that it literally means “a battle between frogs and mice,” things take a turn for the unusual. The word batrachomyomachy actually derives from an ancient Greek parody of Homer’s Iliad in which a frog accidentally drowned a mouse that was sitting on its back, sparking a brutal war between the two species.



A buttock (in this context at least) is the next portion of a coalface to be broken up and mined out. A buttocker, according to an early 20th century Glossary of the Mining Industry, is someone who does precisely that.



Derived from the Greek word callos, meaning “beauty” (as in calligraphy or calisthenics), someone described as callipygian has beautifully shaped buttocks. Originally an architectural term from the early 1800s used to describe the figures of classical sculptures and artworks, the word has been in wider use since the late 1900s.



Sages and forecasters have used ever more bizarre methods to tell the future over the centuries, from observing the shapes of the clouds (aeromancy) to the shapes and patterns of the ashes from a fire (tephromancy). Among the strangest of all these fortune-telling practices was cephalomancy—a method of foretelling the future in which a donkey’s head would be boiled or roasted on an open fire, and significance taken from the movements or crackling of its bones. One particular use of this kind of divination was in assessing a guilty party: A list of names would be read aloud while the head was cooked, and if the donkey’s jaw moved or cracked when someone’s name was spoken, they were said to be the guilty party.



Euouae is actually a mnemonic abbreviation used to memorize the sequence of a particular cadence in a certain hymn (and so the jury is out as to whether it actually constitutes a word). Nevertheless, it’s found its way onto the pages of some dictionaries and as such is said to be the longest word in the English language consisting entirely of vowels.



According to the English lexicographer Francis Grose’s aptly-titled Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, feague is a verb meaning “to put ginger up a horse’s fundament.” If that sounds too ridiculous to be true, don’t worry: You can always replace the raw ginger with a live eel. Both methods, Grose explained, were apparently once used “to make him lively and carry his tail well,” thereby earning his owner a better price at market. Etymologically, the word is something of a mystery­, but one theory suggests that feague might once have meant merely “to agitate” or “to enliven,” and the later more specific (and more unpleasant) meaning derived from there.



Take a live goose. Cover it in grease. Suspend it by its feet from a crossbar. Then ride a horse underneath it and, as you go by, try to pull the goose’s head off. That’s the definition of the sport (if it can be called a sport) of gander-pulling.



Coined in the 1800s, hippanthropy is the mental delusion that you are turning into, or have turned into, a horse. Not quite the word you want? Try boanthropy, the delusion that you’re an ox. Too specific? Try zoanthropy, the delusion that you are turning into an (unspecified) animal.



Derived from a Greek word, hoplon, for a weapon, hoplochrism is an old form of medicine in which the weapon or tool that caused a wound would be treated and anointed in the same way as the wound itself, in the belief that doing so would somehow speed up the healing process. You can decide for yourself whether it ever worked.

12. LANT


As a noun, lant or leint is stale or aged urine, which was once stored and preserved for its chemical and supposed medicinal properties. As a verb, to lant is to mix urine into beer to make it taste stronger. If ever there was a word you might never want to come across, surely it’s this.



First used in English in the 18th century, a pogonology is a treatise on or written description of a beard.



If ever you needed an incentive to drink, owning a ptomatis might be it. Derived via Latin from Ancient Greek, a ptomatis is a cup or similar drinking vessel that needs to be emptied before it can be put down, as it is shaped in such a way that it won’t stand upright open-end up.



Q-words are always a bit on the unusual side, but quomodocunquize is in a field of its own. Derived from a Latin word, quomodocunque, meaning “in whatever way possible,” to quomodocunquize is to make money or earn a living by any possible means.



Thankfully not as unpleasant as it sounds: A running-buttock is the name of a wrestling move dating from the 17th century.



A shive is a tiny splinter or fragment of something. Derived from that—in the sense that a loose thread or tag in a garment might be unpleasantly scratchy—shivviness is the uncomfortable feeling caused by wearing new underwear.



In his A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (1768), the author Laurence Sterne invented a character named Smelfungus (albeit with one L) who was habitually unimpressed with everything he cast his eyes on during his travels. Sterne based the character on fellow travel writer (and chronic nitpicker) Tobias Smollett, and in doing so gave the English language a brilliant word for a dour, pessimistic faultfinder.



As definitions go, that of sooterkin is probably among the strangest of all in the dictionary: It refers to a monstrous part-human creature said to be given birth to by Dutch women who sat on stove tops to keep warm.



According to a quotation in the English Dialect Dictionary, spanghewing was the name of “a cruel custom” that involved “blowing up a frog by inserting a straw under the skin at the anus.” The inflated frog was then bowled across the surface of a pond, and whoever could toss or spanghew their frog the furthest won the game. Thankfully, nobody goes around spanghewing anymore and so the word—on the rare occasion it is used—is typically used to mean “to hurl violently into the air.”



Should you ever need a word for it, the tendency of doctors “to overdiagnose syphilis, or to treat patients for syphilis unnecessarily,” is syphilomania according to the Oxford English Dictionary.



James Joyce invented this word for the sound of someone knocking on a door in his novel Ulysses (1922). As well as being just a particularly strange word, it also has the distinction of being the longest palindrome in the OED.



In addition to being a term from pinball, a thumb-bumper is ‘one who closing his fist firmly but with the thumb sticking out fiercely drives it against the buttocks of another.” Why you would have to do that, and why it happened frequently enough to warrant a definition in the English Dialect Dictionary, is a mystery. And probably best kept that way.



Should you ever need a word specifically to describe being poisoned by cheese, here it is.



To behave like a whippersnapper? That’s to whippersnap.

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1. Cafuné

noun, m, Brazilian Portuguese; Running your fingers through the hair of someone you love

2. Mamihlapinatapai

The word Mamihlapinatapai is derived from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the “most succinct word”, and is considered one of the hardest words to translate.

3. Ichigo Ichie (一期一会)

ichi-go ichi-e is an old Japanese proverb that means “one opportunity, one encounter.” It can also be interpreted as “for this time only,” “never again,” and “one chance in a lifetime.” Rooted in Buddhist philosophy, the term ichigo means “from one’s birth to death.”

4. Habseligkeiten

Noun, pl. It is a German word refers to the paltry belongings of an almost penniless person. It can refer to all the valueless little things yet full of beloved memories.

5. Sonder

Noun, German; The realization that everyone around you has a life outside of yours, complete with their own thoughts, feelings, and emotions. You could potentially be just a passing figure on the street to them.

6. Kaukokaipuu

Noun, Finnish;
The feeling of unshakable longing for a place we’ve never been to is often an indescribable force.

How is it possible to miss or pine for a place you’ve never travelled to you ask? Kaukokaipuu has also been described as a specific form of wanderlust – a craving for a distant land or a deep feeling of ‘homesickness’ for a place you’ve never seen. The Finnish recognise that this emotion is very real and so named it kaukokaipuu.

7 Gezelligheid

Gezelligheid is a Dutch word which, depending on context, can be translated as ‘conviviality’, ‘coziness’, ‘fun’.

It is often used to describe a social and relaxed situation. It can also indicate belonging, time spent with loved ones, catching up with an old friend or just the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling.

8. Awumbuk

Awumbuk means the feeling of heaviness and sorrow you feel after your guests have departed. It’s a word from the Baining people who live in the mountains in Papua New Guinea.

9. Entre Chien Et Loup

Entre Chien Et Loup is a French expression, it means at dusk/twilight/gloaming, but its literal translation is “between a dog and a wolf”.
It is because the limited light prevents you from knowing whether you’re looking at a dog or a wolf.

Is this a wolf? I can’t tell.

10. Tiam

Noun, Farsi; The twinkle in your eye when you first meet someone

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The English language is, quite possibly, one of the strangest languages out there.

Contradicting rules, incredibly unique words, and confusing idioms are just a few reasons why.

Do you suffer from abibliophobia?

Do you bloviate and carry a bumbershoot with you while you lollygag?

Let’s find out in today’s blog that explores some of the craziest words in our living language.

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34 of the Zaniest, Craziest Words in the Dictionary (Anything Missing? Add It In the Comments!)

Shakespeare is known for creating some “crazy” words, but most of those words are now so common that we don’t notice. These words range from “hurry” to “zany” and in the 1400s they were quite strange.

Today, we are going to delve into some of the craziest words, many of which have been around about as long as some of Shakespeare’s “gibberish” and some from the early 1940s and 1950s. Some of these words are used regularly in many places around the English-speaking world, whereas other places haven’t even heard of them.

Let’s see which of these craziest words you already know and which ones are new to you:

1. Bumfuzzle. This is a simple term that refers to being confused, perplexed, or flustered or to cause confusion. You’ve probably heard your grandma or grandpa use this phrase, especially if they are from the East Coast or below the Mason-Dixon Line. This word is derived from the Old English dumfoozle.

2. Cattywampus. This is a term that you will find in the Midland and Southern United States. It is referring to something that is in disarray, that is askew, or something that isn’t directly across from something. For example, a post office might be cattywampus from the library. You might actually know this word by the terms catty-corner, kitty-corner, or catawampus.

3. Gardyloo. This is actually a Scottish term, but it sounds really nifty! The definition is a funny and gross one; this is what people living in Edinburgh shouted out their windows as a warning before dumping their slop buckets out of their windows. At least they gave a little bit of a warning to those below!

4. Taradiddle. This word references someone or something that is filled with pretentious nonsense or something that is a lie. A great example of this is that classic fisherman’s tale of how big the fish he caught was. Usually the fisherman is lying or at least exaggerating about the fish, especially if he (or she) didn’t keep the fish.

5. Snickersnee. While this word sounds like something funny or possibly cute, it is actually referring to a long, dangerous knife. It was first used in reference to cut-and-thrust fighting in the 1700s and is still occasionally used when referencing the knife, though it is becoming more and more obsolete.

6. Widdershins. This is another way to say something is moving counter-clockwise or something is moving in the wrong direction. It is a much more fun way to say counter-clockwise and is most likely something you heard one of your grandparents or great-grandparents say. Many people do still use it in many poems and newly published books.

7. Collywobbles. This refers to a weird feeling in your stomach or an overall bellyache. It is derived from the Latin phrase cholera morbus, meaning it came from the disease we all know as cholera. This is a word many people still use especially older individuals, and the background is quite dark! Many don’t realize the dark background much like many being unaware of the origins of “Ring around the Rosie.”

8. Gubbins. This is an object that has little or no value and is also referring to a gadget or device. It can also refer to odds and ends or rubbish and, oddly enough, can be used to describe a silly person. We don’t know about you, but it seems a little strange that a word describing something with little to no value also refers to someone who is silly.

9. Abibliophobia. Now this is a word that perfectly describes many people and you may be one! This refers to someone who is afraid of running out of things to read. We’re guessing that you are probably going to start using this word to describe yourself as you head out the door to the nearest Barnes and Noble or local bookshop.

10. Bumbershoot. Here is a fun word that most people know. This is referring to an umbrella and is something we have heard in many a Disney film or in many different books. It is quite fun to grab your umbrella and say in a fun voice, “I think I need my bumbershoot today!”

11. Lollygag. The origin of this word is unknown, but it first surfaced around 1868. The definition of “lollygag” is someone who is messing around or wasting time. It also refers to someone who is doing something that isn’t serious or useful. This could be a good word to use when procrastinating, “I’m just lollygagging.” Are you a lollygagger?

12. Flibbertigibbet. This is another fun word! This refers to someone who is silly and who talks incessantly. The first known usage of this word is the 15th century and used to be spelled flepergebet. This word also refers to a person who is flighty.

13. Malarkey. This refers to words that are insincere and talk that is particularly foolish. This is a word that we can thank the 1920s and 19030s for and it is still used by many people. It is a fun word to say, as well.

14. Pandiculation. This is what happens when you wake up in the morning and stretch. As you stretch, your muscles might go rigid for a short time, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. It also describes that wonderful, or terrible, combination of being extremely sleepy, stretching and yawning at the same time. Now, when this happens to you, you’ll know what to call it!

15. Sialoquent. Do you remember being the eager student in high school or college who sat on the front row? Do you remember how much the professor spit while talking? Well, this is what that action is called. This is such an eloquent word for such an uncomfortable front row sensation.

16. Wabbit. No, this isn’t referring to a wascally wabbit. It is a Scottish term for being exhausted. Next time you’re tired, try saying, “I’m pretty wabbit at the moment” and see just how many people look at you strange.

17. Snollygoster. This is something many people already call many politicians, but it happens to be a nicer sounding term. This refers to a politician who does or says things for their own personal advancement instead of following their own principles. Try saying this in your next political discussion and see people’s reaction.

18. Erinaceous. This is a strange one; it refers to something or someone who resembles a hedgehog. If someone ever says that you are looking quite erinaceous today, you know now to give them a penetrating, evil glare.

19. Bibble. You know those people in your favorite restaurant who drink and/or eat noisily? What they are doing is referred to as bibble.

20. Impignorate. How about using this word when you want to say that you’re pawning something? It is a much fancier term and quite a fun one at that. This phrase doesn’t only mean to pawn but also to mortgage something.

21. Nudiustertian. Have you ever wished that you had a word for the day before yesterday? This is that word! It might be a little bit more convoluted to say, but it sure is an interesting sounding word. This word is sure to confuse, and eventually astound, people. Now that you know this word, try teaching it to your friends!

22. Quire. You can always say “two dozen sheets of paper” or you can say “quire.” It means the same thing! Interesting, huh? There are quite a few single words for many phrases.

23. Ratoon. Don’t worry, this isn’t referring to a raccoon and rat mix breed or an ROUS (rodents of unusual size), it is, in fact, referring to that small shoot or growth that comes from the root of a plant. You will see a lot of these in the spring and summer as things are growing.

24. Yarborough. This refers to when you are playing a game of cards and the dealer deals a hand without any numbers above nine. This can really be unfortunate or great, depending on which game you are playing.

25. Xertz. You’re outside in the summer heat moving heavy furniture or other items, making you super thirsty. As soon as you’re able, you grab a tall glass of water, lemonade, or iced tea and gulp it down quickly and/or greedily, helping to quench your thirst and cool yourself down. When you do this, it is called xertz. This also refers to eating food quickly and/or greedily.

26. Zoanthropy. This is an interesting term! It refers to a person who has delusions that they are a form of animal or that they have changed into an animal.

27. Pauciloquent. If you are a person of few words, then this is the term for you. It refers to someone who doesn’t say much or who, when giving a speech, gives a very short one. This is a great way for you to tell people you are a person of few words, without having to say that whole long statement. Give this a try next time and see what happens.

28. Bloviate. This is the opposite of pauciloquent and refers to people who talk for a long period of time or who inflate their story to make themselves sound better. This also refers to someone whose words are empty and have no meaning.

29. Borborygm. You know that rumbling you sometimes get in your stomach? Well, this is one term for that sensation! It might be a little bit more difficult to say than saying, “I’m hungry,” though.

30. Brouhaha. This is a word we are sure many people have heard and it is still used a lot today. This refers to an uproar or big event. We guess you could say the latest sports team to win at something sure did cause a brouhaha!

31. Absquatulate. This refers to yourself or someone else leaving suddenly. It can also mean that someone has absconded with something, as well. It is more a form of slang, but it isn’t something you hear every day!

32. Comeuppance. This is definitely a word you probably heard your grandparents use at some point and it is used in many films set in the 1920s to the 1950s or 60s. This is a fun word and it should be used more than it is. It means that someone will get what they deserve or will “get their just desserts.”

33. Donnybrook. This is a fun little word for an uprising, a melee, or a riot. It can also refer to an argument. If you search Google for this particular term, you will not only find the definition but also learn that it is a place called Donnybrook, which is part of Dublin, Ireland. Very interesting!

34. Nincompoop. This is another word that we are sure you have heard at some point and you probably know the definition. This refers to someone who is silly, foolish, or just downright stupid. It was used regularly in the 1950s and 60s but is still quite a fun word to say!

In the End…

Isn’t the English language unique and interesting?

Many of these words are still in use but are used in different parts all across America. We have different terms and phrases for different things and it is pretty awesome to learn more about our language. It is also fun to learn how much it differs between Missouri and New York or California and Texas.

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20 Weird English Words

English is a wonderful language with some of the strangest pronunciation rules and words that come from many other languages. This is a list of 20 weird English words.

1. Erinaceous

Like a hedgehog

2. Lamprophony

Loudness and clarity of voice

3. Depone

To testify under oath

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4. Finnimbrun

A trinket or knick-knack

5. floccinaucinihilipilification

Estimation that something is valueless. Proper pronunciation based on Latin roots: flock?-nows?-n?k?l?-p?l?-f?k-ation.

6. Inaniloquent

Pertaining to idle talk

7. Limerance

An attempt at a scientific study into the nature of romantic love.

8. Mesonoxian

Pertaining to midnight

9. Mungo

A dumpster diver – one who extracts valuable things from trash

10. Nihilarian

A person who deals with things lacking importance (pronounce the ‘h’ like a ‘k’).

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11. Nudiustertian

The day before yesterday

12. Phenakism

Deception or trickery

13. Pronk

A weak or foolish person

14. Pulveratricious

Covered with dust

15. Rastaquouere

A social climber

16. Scopperloit

Rude or rough play

17. Selcouth

Unfamiliar, rare, strange, marvelous, wonderful. For example: The List Universe is such a selcouth website!

18. Tyrotoxism

To be poisoned by cheese

19. Widdiful

Someone who deserves to be hanged

20. Zabernism

The abuse of military power or authority. I wonder how long it will take for this one to show up in the comments.

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Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities. He is fascinated with all things historic, creepy, and bizarre.

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The most difficult words to pronounce in the English language revealed – as well as the world’s favourite English tongue-twisters

“Worcestershire”. “Choir”. “Sixth”. For some, these words may seem relatively normal and everyday – but to others, they represent an unrivalled linguistic challenge.

For almost two weeks, users of the online social platform reddit have been submitting what they consider to be “the hardest English word to pronounce”.

After more than 5,000 submissions, the message thread has become a fount of difficult vocabulary, with users from across the world sharing their favourites and personal experiences.

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There are references to popular culture, some very creative tongue-twisters – and because of reddit’s points system, a rough consensus has emerged as to which are the hardest.

Here are the top 10:

10 – Rural

Submitted by user ‘mattythedog’, rural appears to cause problem particularly when repeated or put next a word with similar “r” sounds.

One user says: “I cannot say Rural Juror – comes out rurrrerr jerrrerr and sounds like I’m growling.”

A self-confessed Australian user says: “An aussie would pronounce it ‘ruhral jurah.”

“This one is entirely impossible for me as a German,” says another. “’Squirrel’ I can manage, but ‘rural’ can f*** right off.”

Best tongue-twister: “I want to be a juror on a rural brewery robbery case.”

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9 – Otorhinolaryngologist

One user, going for a word largely on the basis of its length, suggests this medical term for an ear-, nose- and throat-doctor.

But, as another points out, “that one looks like a beast, but once you break it down, it’s pretty easy to say”.

User THLycanthrope says: “Once you know what it is, it’s much easier. “oto-rhino-laryng-ologist” is literally “ear-nose-throat-scientist”.

8 – Colonel

Submitted by a user who explains: “If you know that it’s pronounced “kernel”, it’s easy to pronounce. But if you were new to the English language and didn’t know that, you would never pronounce it correctly.”

Another offers the “fun fact” that: “We took the French spelling (spelled and pronounced with r) and the Italian pronunciation (also spelled with an l).”

7 – Penguin

An overt reference to Benedict Cumberbatch, one user offered this popular submission presumably as an excuse to re-watch this video of the actor voicing a BBC documentary on the South Pacific.

Other users, presumably sticking up for penguin-kind, then try to pronounce Cumberbatch’s name: “Barelyspeaks Cantpronounce”, “Bumpercar Clutchisburnt” and “Buffalo Custardbath” are among the offerings.

6 – Sixth

Coincidentally sixth in our list, this word is rather explicitly criticised as: “What kind of word is that with an S and xth sound? F*** that noise.”

Best tongue-twister: “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

One user responds: “English is my only language but f*** you this is impossible.”

Another says: “Imagine what ‘eighth’ is like to a non-English speaker. Not one letter is pronounced the way it should be.”

5 – Isthmus

Submitted presumably due to the difficulty of the “s” and “th” sounds together, it means a narrow strip of land with sea on either side that connects two larger landmasses.

“Ithmuth,” is one reddit user’s attempt.

4 – Anemone

Entered for consideration by one user who couldn’t even spell it, writing: “Annemm… amennome… annemmoneme… f***.”

Best tongue-twister: “In me, many an enemy anemone enema.”

Helpful advice provided by one user suggested: “I’d break it down like ‘Uh – Nem – Uh – Knee’.”

3 – Squirrel

One user says that: “From a foreign perspective, ‘Squirrel’ messes with German exchange students like you wouldn’t believe. To be fair though I can’t pronounce their word for it either.”

User ‘Torvaun’ provides the interesting (unverified) fact that during the Second World War, both sides apparently used each-other’s word for this small rodent as a test for spies.

“Interestingly,” Torvaun says, “in WWII ‘squirrel’ was used as a shibboleth by the English to detect Germans, and ‘Eichhörnchen’, the German word for squirrel, was used as a shibboleth to detect non-Germans.”

2 – Choir

User Kaktu submits: “As a foreign speaker: Choir. Seriously. Why?

Someone suggests helpfully that “it’s like ‘enquire’ but without the ‘en’”.

And bright spark ‘Gnat27’ says, to much popular acclaim: “I read that as ‘Enrique’ and was confused for a solid 5 minutes.”

1 – Worcestershire

The top submission, as one user puts it, “To the USA, anyway”.

“I’ve heard a few funny pronunciations,” says user ‘hornytoad69’. “Wor-kester-shire. Whats-dis-here. Wooster-shire”

One user suggests: “It’s that ‘-cest-’ in the middle that messes people up. If you break it up like worce-ster-shire, the pronunciation makes sense.”

Others suggest similar British place names that aren’t pronounced as they are written, developing a theme, with “Leicester/Leicestershire”, “Edinburgh” and “Derby” all getting a mention.

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2 syllables:
cisted, cysted, cystid, distad, fisted, listed, misted, nsted, trysted, twisted, vistaed, wristed
3 syllables:
assisted, backlisted, blacklisted, consisted, delisted, desisted, encysted, enlisted, incysted, insisted, persisted, resisted, subsisted, tightfisted, unlisted, untwisted
4 syllables:
coexisted, preexisted, unassisted, unresisted

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3 syllables:
addicted, ballistic, committed, conflicted, consistent, convicted, depicted, evicted, existence, existent, existing, explicit, inflicted, omitted, persistence, persistent, predicted, restricted, sadistic, statistic, statistics
4 syllables:
benefited, ecosystem, futuristic, realistic
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