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25 Funny Words You Won’t Believe Are Actually In The Dictionary

 

They say that to be reasonably fluent in a language you only need to know about 2,000 words. In fact, those 2000 words will account for about 80% of everything you could ever hope to say. About 5,000 words constitute the active vocabulary of native speakers without a higher education and those with a higher education have an active vocabulary of maybe 10,000. In order to fully understand famous novels you’ll probably need a passive vocabulary (be able to recognize) around 20,000 words. The crazy part? English has about a quarter million words! That’s 250,000! To give you an idea of how much that is, those educated native speakers (the ones with an active vocabulary of 10,000 words) have a passive vocabulary of maybe 60,000 to 80,000 words. This means that even the smartest people among us would only recognize maybe one third of all the words in the English language. That means that there are probably several hundred thousand English words that you have never heard of in your entire life. So, whether you are super smart or not, these are 25 funny words that you won’t believe are actually in the dictionary!

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Widdershins

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

This word basically means to move in a counter-clockwise direction.

 

24

Pandiculation

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

You know how you wake up in the morning, stretch, and your muscles temporarily stiffen? Well this is the technical term for that ordeal.

 

23

Wabbit

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Coming from Scottish, to be wabbit is to be tired.

 

22

Quire

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

One quire is 25 sheets of paper (formerly 24).

 

21

Brouhaha

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

A brouhaha is a noisy or overexcited reaction or response to something.

 

20

Donnybrook

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A donnybrook refers to an uprising or a riot. It originates from the name of a suburb of Dublin, Ireland that was known for its annual fair.

 

19

Ratoon

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

Nope, it doesn’t have anything to do with rodents. It’s actually a small shoot that grows off of the roots of a plant.

 

18

Bibble

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

To bibble is to eat or drink noisily.

 

17

Bumbershoot

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

It’s a synonym for umbrella.

 

16

Gubbins

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Gubbins is basically anything that has little or no value, in other words, it’s rubbish.

 

15

Snickersnee

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

It might sound cute but this is actually a large knife.

 

14

Cattywampus

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

Often used in the Midwest and Southern United States, if something is cattywampus then it is not lined up correctly i.e. it is diagonal. You may recognize similar terms like catty-corner.

 

13

Bumfuzzled

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It means to be confused or perplexed and used to be very popular below the Maxon Dixon line in the United States.

 

12

Taradiddle

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

A taradiddle is essentially a lie or a tall tale.

 

11

Flibbertigibbet

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This word refers to someone who is silly and talks a lot. They might be prone to tell taradiddles.

 

10

Sialoquent

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An adjective describing someone who sprays saliva while speaking.

 

9

Nincompoop

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Someone who is silly or foolish.

 

8

Snollygoster

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

A snollygoster is someone (usually referring to politicians) that is only guided by personal gain and not consistent principles.

 

7

Erinaceous

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

Here is another strange adjective. It describes someone who looks like a hedgehog.

 

6

Yarborough

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

A yarborough is a hand of cards that doesn’t contain anything above a 9.

 

5

Comeuppance

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This is a fate or punishment that someone deserves.

 

4

Borborygm

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

A borborygm is when your stomach rumbles because you are hungry.

 

3

Nudiustertian

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

This adjective describes the day before yesterday, as in the nudiustertian episode of a TV show.

 

2

Collywobbles

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

Another word used to describe something related to your stomach, this time it refers to nausea or queasiness.

 

1

Absquatulate

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Source: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

If you leave suddenly, then this is what you are doing.

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