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Fun English Words A-Z: Part Two

Updated on May 11, 2012

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.

Happy reading!

"Paedarchy"

A paedarchy, or nation run by young'uns, would likely be messy.
A paedarchy, or nation run by young'uns, would likely be messy.

"Quadragenerian"

Blanche Devereaux claimed to be a quadragenarian when she was in her sixties.
Blanche Devereaux claimed to be a quadragenarian when she was in her sixties.

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"

Vuvuzelas, like Chinese water torture, can trigger insanity.
Vuvuzelas, like Chinese water torture, can trigger insanity. | Source

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.

"Yurt"

A woman in front of a yurt in Turkestan, 1913
A woman in front of a yurt in Turkestan, 1913 | Source

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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    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR

      SantaCruz 

      6 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Ooh, thelitis could definitely be distracting. Good luck healing ;-).

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      Woodchip 

      6 years ago

      Wrong hub. Must be from being a quadragenarian with thelitis.

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      Woodchip 

      6 years ago

      I like "effervescent"!

      It sounds like a a lot of work to smell something.

    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR

      SantaCruz 

      6 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Good to hear! Thanks, Wren :).

    • wrenfrost56 profile image

      wrenfrost56 

      6 years ago from U.K.

      Cool hub funny and I feel a little more intelligent now too :)

    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR

      SantaCruz 

      6 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      You nutated your head in approval? Thanks for the note, freelanceauthor :).

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      freelanceauthor 

      6 years ago

      Great tips. More words to add in my dictionary. Voted up.

    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR

      SantaCruz 

      6 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Agreed! That and "nutate." Other than that, I think it's the definitions that are funny. Thanks, Nancy :-).

    • Nancy Owens profile image

      Nancy Owens 

      6 years ago from USA

      I like the sound of the word yurt. For some reason it just tickles my funny bone.

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