WORDSPosted: September 5, 2012
Here are a list of some words you can amuse people (yourself) with! Or, if they don’t amuse you, they’ll certainly teach you something!
Funny or Cool. (Some will overlap, but I’ll just put them in “cool.”)
According to legend, a laugh increases your life by 5 seconds, so unless you’ll get weird looks, feel free to laugh!!
- Batrachophagous: one who eats frogs
- Borborygmus: the rumbling of gas in your intestines
- Vigesimation: the act of killing every twentieth person.
- Misodoctakleidist: someone who hates practicing the piano
- Zenzizenzizenzic: It’s a mathematical term that means “a number to the power of eight.”
- Abibliophobia: the fear of running out of reading material (I have this)
- Ultracrepidarianism: used to describe a person who pretends to know all about a subject of which he really knows nothing at all.
- Spifflicate: 1. (jocular) to destroy; 2. to beat (in a fight etc).
- Defenestrate: Push something (or someone) out of a window.
- Formicate: The feeling that ants are crawling all over your body. (Like the Formics in Ender’s Game; “formic” is Latin for “ant.”)
- Anatidaephobia: The fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.
- The hardest words to translate into English
- Mamihlapinatapai: a word in Yaghan (a language from Tierra del Fuego) for a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other would initiate something that they both desire but which neither wants to begin.
- The Japanese “wabi” means “a flawed detail that creates an elegant whole,” or “an imperfection without which there is no true beauty.”
- Jayus is an Indonesian word that conveys the awkward humor behind a joke delivered so badly that you can’t help but laugh; in English we say sarcastically, “That’s so funny I forgot to laugh.”
- Tartle is a Scottish word for the hesitation felt when introducing people but having forgotten someone’s name.
- Cafune is a Brazilian Portuguese verb for running your fingers through someone’s hair tenderly.
- Some words that aren’t obscure, but are great!
- Alate = winged
- Sibilant = characterized by a hissing sound (s, z, etc.)
- Volant = moving lightly; nimble or engaged in or having the power of flight. “Volant piece” is a piece of armor that reinforces a helmet’s brow.
- Nubilous = cloudy or foggy
- Paligic = of or pertaining to the ocean
- Belletristic = literature considered as a fine art
- Viridescent = greenish, beginning to turn green
- Flibbertigibbet = flighty, light-headed person
- Sardanapalian = excessively luxurious
- Aliquant = Contained in a number or quantity, but not dividing it evenly: An aliquant part of 16 is 5.
- Puissant = having great power or influence.
- Scherzando = playful