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Weird Words Starting With 'T'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'T'

This light-hearted lens is devoted to strange or unusual words to be found in the dictionary.

Given the fact that the English language now has more than a million words under its belt, it's not surprising that there are more than a few words that have gone missing due to lack of usage, or the fact that few folks even know they exist.

Today we are featuring a few harmless if not hilarious words that begin with the letter 'T'.

The best way to honor these weird and wacky words is to find a place to stick them into casual conversation, to create a tantalizing text message, or to whack a foe in a friendly game of "Scrabble".


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talaria n. winged shoes, such as worn by Hermes

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Hermes simply adored wearing his trusty talaria, especially on a mighty important mission to slay a dastardly dragon with fist full of fake flowers or an artful arrangement of nice nuts.


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tallywags n. 18th century term for a pair of male testicles

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The Politically-Correct Parents of Politically-Correct America (PCPOPCA) recently penned a letter to Ben & Jerry's suggesting that they refrain from using "Schweddy Balls" on the outside of their ice-cream carton and instead replace it with the tot-friendly title "Tallywags Treats".


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tea voider n. 18th century colloquial term for a chamber pot

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Princess Piffleberry always had her handy-dandy tea-voider nearby, just in case she couldn't make it to the tinkle pantry in time.


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Note: This piece of pottery is featured in - The 2001 Hong Kong exhibition Huzhi showcased a rather unusual aspect of ceramics - the contemporary chamber pot. Pictured is a pot by King Qing of China.


tibialoconcupiscent adj. having a lascivious interest in watching a women put on stockings

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

What happens when a tibialoconcupiscent treat is unceremoniously interrupted by a dreadful demon hell bent on making life difficult for Curious Cupid's erotic encounter with the engaging yet enigmatic Eloise? ... God only knows.


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timmynoggy n. a device that saves time and labor

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The elves had no idea what they were doing inside the tummy of the timmynoggy -- which was probably just as well since Secret Santa had been designed by an expert from the University of Useless Knowledge using jest-in-time technology.


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titfer n. abbreviated form of the British expression "tit for tat", and rhyming slang for hat

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Burt Berriwillock from Punkeydoodles Corner, Ontario took pride in his ability to turn a half-baked idea a ripsnorting reality -- a tantalizing titfer, for gentlemen who are tired of wearing a thinking man's cap.


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tolutiloquent adj. pertaining to a smooth talker

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

His tolutiloquent tales often left no doubt that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a rather unique ability to talk the ear off a charming dinner table companion at the drop of a hat, but judging from his discombobulated demeanor, this was not one of his best days.


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tormentor of catgut: n. 18th century pejorative term for a fiddler

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Bugsy Malone, known by his friends and foes as Tormentor of Catgut, did not take too kindly to being told that he was still tied to his mother's apron strings.


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tortfeaser n. a wrongdoer

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As Larry Humpledigger, peered through the glass at the police line-up, he had great difficulty picking out the tortfeaser who walked off with his pride and joy, a paint-by-numbers Picasso that until last week at the Christmas party had hung on the wall of the Tally Ho Ho Ho Tavern.


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