Fun English Words A-Z: Part Two
Here's the second half of my list of fun English words! See my previous hub for fun words starting with letters A through M.
Nutate – To nod the head; to oscillate while rotating (like a planet); to move in a curving fashion (like a plant)
- If the Earth’s nutation changes suddenly, hold on to a tree trunk.
Ochlocracy – Government by mobs.
- Ancient Greek philosophers warned of three "bad" forms of government: ochlocracy, oligarchy and tyranny.
Paedarchy – Government by children.
- Paedarchy would likely grant giant tax subsidies to toy manufacturers and goldfish cracker companies.
Quadragenarian – A person between 40 and 49 years of age.
- When Blanche Devereaux claimed to be a quadragenarian, Sophia said, “You look like hell for your age.”
Ranarium – A place where frogs are kept.
- Freddy’s ranarium featured a small lily pond and a tiny island that we named Frogcatraz.
Sabbatarian – One who strictly keeps the Sabbath.
- Moishe's time as a sabbatarian ended when he joined the traveling circus.
Thelitis – Inflammation of the nipple.
- Marathon runners should use bandages to prevent thelitis.
Uranophobia – Fear of Heaven.
- Pat's uranophobia was traced to her fear of wide open spaces and her distaste for white clothing.
Vuvuzela – A plastic kazoo-like horn made famous by South African soccer fans.
- The incessant droning of vuvuzelas reminded me of an angry beehive.
Wimple – The head covering worn by a nun.
- Sister Mary failed to attract venture capital for her designer wimple company.
Xanthodont – One with yellow teeth.
- The Starbucks barista enjoyed free coffee and slowly became a xanthodont.
Yurt – A portable circular dwelling.
- Inspired by traditional nomadic tribes, the hippies built a community of yurts.
Zho – A male cross between a yak and a cow.
- The young zho sought therapy for his identity crisis.
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