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unusually weird words

Updated on June 18, 2009

Weird photo from plane

While flying home from Nevada to Texas.
While flying home from Nevada to Texas.

I saw a word the other day, it seemed strange to me. I can't remember the word now but I looked it up then. I found it listed in Wiktionary word of the day. After looking at a few of the other words I decided to make this little project. I looked up a word from A-Z and the meaning. It was just something that seemed fun and I decided to share. Most of these word's you wouldn't hear or use. However I did find a few I have heard. And some I really thought I made up myself. I think it quite amusing the funny things we hear, see or say we later read on the internet. 

Weird and unusual A-Z

Aah- Means
An Indication of Amazement, Surprise or Enthusiasm

Dentists would always instruct, say aah!

Bawdily - Means
In a Bawdy Manner; Lewdly or Obscenely

But, Lord! to hear how W. Symons do commend and look sadly and then talk bawdily and merrily, though his wife was dead but the other day, would make a dog laugh.

Cachinnator- Means
One Who Laughs Too Often or Too Loud

The villian began to cachinnate and twirl his moustache

Discombobulate- Means
To Throw Into a State of Confusion

A 19th-century US coinage, probably based on discompose, discomfit, etc.

Egregious- Means
Outstandingly Bad

The student has made egregious errors on the examination.

Flabbergasted - Means
Being Appalled, Amazed, or Stunned

He was flabbergasted at how much weight he had gained.

Gauche - Means
Awkward or Lacking in Social Graces; Bumbling

"Seeking by vulgar pomp and gauche display" — Samuel Griswold (1793-1860)

Hornswoggle- Means
To Deceive

Don't let them hornswoggle you into buying anything you don't need.

Impugn- Means

To Assault or Attack

When he revives he will return to his quarters with a fine tale of his bravery and there will be none to impugn his boasts.

Jocular- Means
Humorous or Amusing

He was in a jocular mood all day.

Kindle- Means
To Start or Light (a Fire)

Please kindle a fire in the barbecue

Lackadaisical- Means
Without Enthusiasm

the lackadaisical look on his face

Maunder- Means
To Speak in a Disorganized or Desultory Manner

Don’t bring up politics around him; it will only cause him to maunder incessantly.

Nefarious- Means
Infamous for Being Wicked

The nefarious wizard was known for burning people alive for his secret rituals.

Obstreperous- Means
Noisily and Stubbornly Defiant

The obstreperous mirth swiftly turned into yells of dismay.

Plethora- Means
Excessive Abundance

The menu offers a plethora of cuisines from around the world.

Quaquaversal- Means
Going off in All Directions at Once

She had a long look at him, and after having just spent hours with Frenesi’s face, found it easier now to make out, past the quaquaversal beard and smudged eyeglass lenses, as clearly as she ever would in Zoyd her own not-yet-come-to-terms-with face.

Reconnoiter- Means
To Survey Something

Our scout will reconnoiter the path ahead of our troops.

Sesquicentennial- Means

Occurring Every 150 Years

The city celebrated it's sesquicentennial last year.

Tachygraphy- Means
The Art and Practice of Rapid Writing

Stenography or shorthand as done in ancient and mediæval times.

Ululate- Means
To Howl Loudly or Prolongedly in Lamentation or Joy

to produce a rapid and prolonged series of sharp noises with one's voice.

Vex- Means
To Annoy

Billy's professor was vexed by his continued failure to improve his grades

Wroth- Means
Full of Anger; Wrathful

But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Xenial- Means

Pertaining to Hospitality, or Relations With Friendly Visitors

Of the relation between a host and guest; friendly

Yashmak- Means
Veil of Muslim Women

Explains itself

Zygodactylous- Means

Having Two Toes Pointing Forward, and Two Toes Pointing Backward

Explains itself


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    • lindap profile image

      lindap 7 years ago

      my grand daughter and I like to look up words also ! I write a word down and she looks it up, but this is much more interesting seeing the unusual words ! Thanks !

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      SunShineSnow 8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by to read mcacreate I really wish I could be able to Tachygraphy. And I think most people really are cachinnators, that may be a good thing means more people are happy right.

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      mcacreate 8 years ago

      Interesting hub about an interesting subject - the English language. I know a few cachinnators - I would be one one of them. Didn't know there was actually a name for it. And Tachygraphy is something I need to be doing.

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      SunShineSnow 8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks KCC I will have to read that hub.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Great set of weird words.....I recently wrote a hub about Lackadaisical!

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      Queen of the Lint 8 years ago from The Laundry Room

      Love the words! My cousin and I used to just read the dictionary because we loved words so much!