Wednesday, January 16, 2008

20 Weird English Words

1. Erinaceous - Like a hedgehog

2. Lamprophony - Loudness and clarity of voice

3. Depone - To testify under oath

4. Finnimbrun - A trinket or knick-knack

5. Floccinaucinihilipilification - Estimation that something is valueless.

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’)

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 (hello, George W. Bush)

And now for my current favorite word:

Defenestrate - To throw out a window.



  1. My favorite word also happens to be weird: Moist. Love that word.

  2. Ha! Defenstration. I just realized that I don't do quite enough of that.

  3. Dop: Thanks for the vocab lesson. It is definitely beneficial to learn unusual verbiage. CB

  4. This reminds me of playing that word game, Bolderdash. (Yes, I'm a geek.)