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101 Funny Words to Say

Updated on August 23, 2017
Words that sound funny when you say them.
Words that sound funny when you say them.

Words That Will Keep You Entertained!

If you need a good laugh today, here are 101 words that are funny to say. Read them out loud to a friend, coworker, or just enjoy sounding like an idiot all by yourself. Try it, you'll see.

Why are these words so funny? Maybe it's because they make a funny sound (like plop, splat, gobble, or smooch) or because they contain sounds that are uncommon in English (like klutz, schlep, and gesundheit). Dr. Seuss was a wizard at making up words to make us laugh (as in diffendoofer, gootch, bippo-no-bungus, and muddle-puddle-tweetle-poodle-beetle-noodle-bottle-paddle-battle")! For whatever reason, the 101 words I've listed below are funny, and I've included each word's definition to show that its humor does not necessarily depend on its meaning (although sometimes the word's definition adds to the fun!).

At the end of this article, I have also included some fun word games, both online and printable, and games to play when you are bored.

Have fun!

Funny Words A—D (from Acerbate to Docimasy)

1. acerbate: To embitter or exasperate; to make sour or bitter; a bitter person.

2. acidulous: Rather sour or sharp in speech, manner, etc.; acid.

3. Addis Ababa: The capital of Ethiopia which lies on a central plateau 2400 m (8000 ft.) above sea level: founded in 1887; became capital in 1896.

4. axolotl (pronounced ax-o-lottle): Aquatic salamander of the North American genus Ambystoma, esp. A. mexicanum (Mexican axolotl), in which the larval form (including external gills) is retained throughout life under natural conditions.

5. ayahuasca (pronounced ayah-waska): A hallucinogenic brew made from the bark and stems of a tropical South American vine of the genus Banisteriopsis, especiallyB. caapi, which is mixed with other psychotropic plants and used especially in shamanistic rituals by certain Amazonian Indian peoples.

6. ballyhoo: Sensational or clamorous advertising or publicity; noisy shouting or uproar.

7. befuddle: To confuse, muddle, or perplex; to make stupid with drink.

8. bespangle: To cover or adorn with (or as if with) brilliant sparkling or glittering things.

9. bifurcate: To divide or separate into two parts or branches; fork.

10. blip: A spot of light on a radar or sonar screen indicating the position of a detected object, such as an aircraft or a submarine. A high-pitched electronic sound; a bleep.

11. bobolink: An American migratory songbird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), the male of which has black, white, and yellowish plumage.

12. booby: A person regarded as stupid.

Awkward speaking moments.
Awkward speaking moments.

13. boondoggle: An unnecessary or wasteful project or activity; a braided leather cord worn as a decoration (by boy scouts, for example).

14. bunghole: The hole in a cask, keg, or barrel through which liquid is poured in or drained out.

15. casuistry: Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.

16. chintzy: Of, relating to, or decorated with chintz (a kind of multicolored cotton fabric); gaudy; trashy: poorly made merchandise; stingy; miserly.

17. chukka boot: An ankle-high boot made of suede or rubber and worn for playing polo.

18. crupper: A leather strap looped under a horse's tail and attached to a harness or saddle to keep it from slipping forward. The rump of a horse; the croup.

19. cuckold: A man married to an unfaithful wife.

20. defunct: No longer living; dead or extinct; no longer operative or valid.

21. dingus: An article whose name is unknown or forgotten. A person regarded as stupid.

22. dither: A state of indecisive agitation.

23. docimasy: An ancient Greek process whereby candidates for office or citizenship were judicially reviewed.

Like Washington itself: complicated, unfair, and cluttered with gobbledygook.

— Ronald Reagan

Fun Words to Say (E—H); From Echinococcus to Hullabaloo

24. echinococcus: Any of several parasitic tapeworms of the genus Echinococcus, the larvae of which infect mammals and form large, spherical cysts in the liver or lungs, causing serious or fatal disease.

25. erysipelas: An acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a species of hemolytic streptococcus and marked by localized inflammation and fever. Also called Saint Anthony's fire.

26. exculpate: To clear of guilt or blame.

27. flibbertigibbet: a frivolous, flighty person.

29. frippery: Pretentious, showy finery. Snobby elegance; ostentation. Something trivial or nonessential.

30. frou-frou (pronounced froo-froo): The rustling noise made by someone walking in a dress; frills or other ornamentation, particularly of women's clothes.

31. fuddy duddy: A fussy, critical, or old-fashioned person.

32. gadzooks: Used as a mild or ironic oath.

33. geebung: Any of various trees and shrubs of the genus Persoonia of Australia having an edible but tasteless fruit.

34. gibbous: Having a rounded, protuberant appearance, as in a pregnant woman or an almost-full moon.

28. filch: To take something, especially something of little value, in a furtive manner; steal.

35. gobbledygook: Unclear, wordy jargon.

36. guayule: A shrub (Parthenium argentatum) of the southwest United States and Mexico whose sap was a source of natural rubber during World War II.

37. harum-scarum: Lacking a sense of responsibility; reckless or careless.

38. hob nob: To associate familiarly or "rub shoulders" with, especially with those of higher social status.

39. hootenanny: An informal performance by folk singers, typically with participation of the audience, sometimes involving dance.

40. hubbub: Loud noise; confusion; tumult.

41. hullabaloo: Great noise or excitement; uproar.

There's no angry way to say "bubbles."
There's no angry way to say "bubbles."

Funny Words I—M: From Ichthyoid to Molly Coddle

42. ichthyoid: A fish or fishlike vertebrate.

43. ignominious: Marked by shame or disgrace.

44. iproniazid: A compound used as an antidepressant and formerly used to treat tuberculosis.

45. itty-bitty: Very small.

46. jabberwocky: Nonsensical speech or writing; invented or meaningless language; nonsense.

47. jackanapes: A conceited or impudent person; a mischievous child; an impertinent person; a tame monkey.

48. jinglingly: In a jingly manner.

49. kakapo: A flightless New Zealand parrot with greenish plumage.

50. kibitzer: One who looks on and offers unwanted, usually meddlesome, advice. (A "back seat driver.")

51. libelluloid: Like or pertaining to dragonflies.

52. lollygag: To waste time in aimless activity.

53. mazurka: A Polish dance resembling the polka, performed in triple time.

54. mellifluous: Flowing with sweetness or honey; smooth and sweet.

55. molly coddle: A man or boy used to being coddled; to pamper.

"Marshmallows" is a funny word, no matter how you say it.
"Marshmallows" is a funny word, no matter how you say it.

Funny Words N—R: From Namby-Pamby to Rugger Bugger

56. namby-pamby: Weak, insipid, indecisive; a feeble person.

57. nibblingly: In a nibbling manner.

58. nidifugous: Leaving the nest a short time after hatching.

59. niggle: To be preoccupied with trifles or petty details; to cause slight but persistent annoyance, discomfort, or anxiety; to find fault constantly and trivially.

60. obloquy: Abusively detractive language or utterance. The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of this abuse or vilification.

61. perspicacious: Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.

62. phantasmagoria: A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery, as seen in dreams or fever. A constantly changing scene composed of numerous fantastic elements.

63. piffle: Nonsense. To talk or act feebly or futilely.

64. popinjay: A vain, talkative person.

65. quagmire: Land with a soft muddy surface. A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.

66. quaggy: Resembling a marsh; soggy; soft and flabby.

67. ragamuffin: A dirty and shabbily clothed child.

68. rubaboo: A soup or stew made by boiling pemmican (meat paste) with flour and vegetables.

69. rugger bugger: A male follower of rugby culture; an aggressively masculine young man who is devoted to sport.

Kids say the funniest things.
Kids say the funniest things.

Funny Words S—U: From Scalawag to Umpteen

70. scalawag: A reprobate; a rascal. A white Southerner working for or supporting the federal government during Reconstruction.

71. shenanigan: A playful or mischievous act; a prank. Usually used in plural: Mischief; prankishness.

72. spicule: A small needlelike structure or part that is typically present in large numbers, such as a fine particle of ice.

73. spumoni: An Italian ice cream having layers of different colors or flavors and often containing fruits and nuts.

74. sputum: Matter coughed up and usually ejected from the mouth, including saliva, foreign material, and substances such as mucus or phlegm from the respiratory tract.

75. staphylococcus: A bacterium of a genus that includes many pathogenic kinds that cause pus formation, especially in the skin and mucous membranes.

76. swashbuckler: A blustering, swaggering fighting man.

77. teeny bopper: A faddish young teenager.

78. teetotaler: One who practices total abstinence from alcoholic liquor.

79. tintinnabulation: The ringing sound of bells.

80. titter: To laugh in a half-suppressed way; snicker.

81. tomfoolery: Foolish behavior; silliness.

82. tutelage: Guardianship; care; protection; instruction.

83. umiak: Large open Inuit or Eskimo boat made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, usually propelled by paddles.

84. umpteen: Relatively large amount, but unspecified in number.

Into this Universe and why not knowing, not whence, like water willy-nilly flowing.

— Omar Khayyam

Funny Words to Say V—Z: From Vamoose to Zedonk

85. vamoose: To leave hurriedly.

86. vichyssoise: A thick, creamy potato soup flavored with leeks and onions, usually served cold.

87. vicissitudes: Changes or variations. A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant; alternation between opposite or contrasting things.

89. viviparous: Gestating offspring within the mother's body. (Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous.)

90. wampum: Small cylindrical beads made from polished shells, formerly used by certain Native American peoples as currency and jewelry or for ceremonial exchanges between groups.

91. whammy: A supernatural spell for subduing an adversary; a hex; serious or devastating setback.

92. wheedle: To persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile.

93. whippersnapper: A person regarded as young, inexperienced, and overconfident.

94. whirligig: Any of various spinning toys. A carousel; a merry-go-round.

95. williwaw: A violent gust of cold wind blowing seaward from a mountainous coast, especially in the Straits of Magellan.

96. willy-nilly: Whether one likes it or not; without direction or planning; haphazardly.

97. xiphophyllous: Having sword-shaped leaves.

98. yeoman: An attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household.

99. yitten: Frightened.

100: yuppify: To make (an urban area, for example) attractive to young affluent residents or consumers.

101. zedonk: The offspring of a zebra and a donkey.

It's hard to say "nutella" with a straight face.
It's hard to say "nutella" with a straight face.

Have you ever said "swashbuckler"?

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Note: Definitions on this list came from Webster's New World Dictionary and thefreedictionary.com. The man's voice on the free dictionary website is hilarious!

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      Lshdb boss 3 months ago

      Flabbergasted

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      MR 4 months ago

      I love to say kumkaut and cumberbund

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      Lily 4 months ago

      this is a weird website

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      SABRINA 9 months ago

      I like school

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      Airda6 10 months ago

      I liked the words at the beginning of the article like splat and blob.

      More funny words: pogo stick, hula hoop, belly button, igloo, goggles, poofy, scribbles, popsicle stick, swanky, Swaziland, poncho, coconut, moo, umbrella, porcupine, tuba, juggles, boink

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      Adria sorensen 21 months ago

      Doodle, chuckle, coconutso, psychoocoo, spooky, kooky, blabberings, blob, twill, twould, a dash of this and a smchmidgen of that for a wee bit of these and a dab if those in a pinch. Wowsers trowsers,

      Wad, clonk, clomp, gaffle, gawk, shuffling, gulp, zoom, huffy puffy, prance,

      Snazzly dazzly dooks and a twirlahoop of poopindales scales of snazzly dooks of swchyities...boopety boopety boops . Boob flakes...boop.

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      fernanda 2 years ago

      yogurt

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      Trudy Cooper 2 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      I haven't got a favorite word but my favorite saying at the moment is shut that door! when someone says something unbelievable! I enjoyed your hub.

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      Rebecca 2 years ago

      Love the little jokes

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      Carla 2 years ago

      Hi people

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      The duddy lovr 2 years ago

      DINGLINGLY

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      stopwatch 2 years ago

      mellifluous

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      im not telling you 2 years ago

      mellifluous

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      jack 2 years ago

      kakapo

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      BodieBFF 3 years ago

      like fart nugget or dingus berry and dumbnut haha

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      BodieBFF 3 years ago

      hob nob! or dingus, but i like calling people other stuff that's really funny!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Here's a great one...... FANTESTICLE complete gibberish. I just had an itch to say testicle!!!!!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      What a great list! I love boondoggle!

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Gobbledygook. I use it all the time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      boondoggle:

      An unnecessary or wasteful project or activity; A braided leather cord worn as a decoration especially by Boy Scouts

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      uh idk

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      uh idk

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hahaha you guys are killing meeee! :p

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      Rickcpl 4 years ago

      Flibber tigibet

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Gobbledygook

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Flibber tigibet

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      I definitely can't replicate it without scrolling back:) Thanks for the laughs. I didn't think it's possible today:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ignominiousness

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Frou-frou lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      dingus

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Kakapo =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Flibber Tigibet

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Flibber Tigibet

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      acidulous.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      defunct

      wordsofbirds.wordpress .com

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      These are very interesting words.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: its the pot calling the kette black. you have no life for being on this site. go give gaming a try if you think its so bad and you will see why we love it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: true sad :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      kids this day no life all they have is there games and they fight

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      no u noob why did u tell me wat site to go

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wastllandkiller (Roblox) has no life and is a little girl

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      xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

      Hubbub is cute. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ima visiter

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: my name is gurglebob

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: my name is gurglebob with a spanish dicionary fothole

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: whaaaaaaaazup

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      these arent on here but oodles, nougat, and vis a vis! :D

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      lollygag and fuddy duddy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      boondoggle

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Jinglingly!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hootenanny

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      um... definitely frou-frou. it souds yummy! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      BLASPHAMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like the word Zimbabwe..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      bunghole

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      gobbledygook

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Rubaboo

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Itty-Bitty.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to smile!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my favorite word is hootenanny

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      yayas 5 years ago

      I've gotta' say my favorite word, so far, is jinglingly. That jus' sounds like more fun than a whole mouthful of jingles, don'tcha' think?

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Funny list.Wish I knew how to pronounce some of these!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      You are right, this is a funny list, could be used on several occasions to break some ice. all the best from Fuddy duddy:)

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I like the word, mellifluous, but it would be nice to know if I'm pronouncing it right.

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      AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm in a dither over the choice of my favorite funny word. I hate to sound like either a jackanapes or possibly someone just spewing jabberwocky, but I absolutely love them all! Words are so cool. I tend to kibitzer, but I prefer to be mellifluous.

      Great lens!

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      Lee Williams 6 years ago from North Carolina

      too cute!

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      promotional-coupons-codes 6 years ago

      Loved your lens. I loved some of the words

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      SallyKitties 6 years ago

      A ballyhoo is also a term used in theatrical lighting-- it means that the followspots are to make a figure eight motion with the lights, usually to lead up to a big reveal.

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      Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

      dither - It describes me very well!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Mellifluous, describes my voice to a "tee", :-) just kidding, I would like a speaking voice like honey but that is a topic for a self help book, maybe "How to be mellifluous in 30 days or less!". It's wordy so far but a great lens!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Flippin' is a word I use quite often! I love this word collection lens of yours!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Bifurcate - love that word!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      I like dingus and lollygag, although I often say 'dingy.' When that movie was playing in theatres, 'Lord of the Rings,' I used to call myself, 'Queen of the Dings.'

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      lollygag

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I like lollygag. It's a great old fashioned word which I love to say:)

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @mariaamoroso: Addis Ababa is my fave too...my brother and his family live there. Can I go, please?

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      @mariaamoroso: I would love to visit and say Addis Ababa all the time!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Addis Ababa! I have been there and it is a lovely town

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      hootenanny is a solid classic :)

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      @GrowWear: I like that! Great substitute for a cuss word

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      very entertaining lens, i enjoyed reading it.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      For sure, these are some funny words. ...I have re-arranged flibbertigibbet into the replacement "cuss" word: flibbertygibberty!" So, I guess of all these, I'll go with flibbertigibbet as my favorite. :)

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      This lens makes me smile every time I read it. Some of these words sound so funny.

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Fine list, learnt quite a few new ones. Thanks for visiting my lenses and leaving a comment :).

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      A RovingReporter 6 years ago

      Great list. Many of the words are alien to me. Thanks for sharing.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      ichthyoid

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      jolou 6 years ago

      fuddy duddy

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      mellifluous because this lens is

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes definitely funny when read aloud.Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes definitely funny when read aloud.Thanks.

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      That's very cool! Loved it :)

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      greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      good lens thanks for sharing with us

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      I love this one: ignominiousness

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Oh this is cute...I think I have two favorites ... Dingus and Acidulous. I just have to figure out how I can use them in a conversation...

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Personally, I have fun just saying Managua, Nicaragua, but many medical related words are fun too. (Prosopagnosia comes to mind)

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      really funny. i enjoyed this lens.

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      dawnperkins 6 years ago

      hello,nice lens,i lensrolled to one of mine :)

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I make up words all the time at work, but we tend to throw around "coface" and "domtar" most often.

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      libysquid lm 6 years ago

      very creative....love it tiffie

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Gadzooks Batman!