This blog post is the result of sleep deprivation… so without further ado, here are my favourite odd words of the English language:
NB: I also threw in a few words of different origin just because they’re purely brilliant.
Rhotacism: excessive use of the letter “R”.
This is actually my worst nightmare considering I struggle to pronounce the letter “R”.
Whipjack: a beggar, though specifically one that is pretending to have been shipwrecked.
This is just so oddly specific. I’m amazed it’s an actual word and I aspire to use it everyday.
Epalpebrate: someone who is lacking in the eyebrow department.
I actually use this word regularly just because it’s so brilliant. You’d be surprised how many situations require this word.
Cornobble: to smack someone with a fish.
Who thinks that smacking someone with a fish is a great idea? And why am I getting the urge to now slap someone with a fish? No, surely this is animal abuse?
Argle-bargle: copious but meaningful talk or writing.
My wedding vows will be argle-bargle if I am ever to get married.
Blatherskite: someone who talks a lot but doesn’t make much sense.
This is the definition of myself.
Badmash: [Indian origin] a hooligan.
You’re badmash, you are! What an insult! If a customer ever complains about “bad mash” at work, I’ll now be able to react with the appropriate response.
Gabelle: [French origin] A tax on salt.
A tax on salt? So surely, a tax on anything ever eaten? Maybe with the exception of fruit and vegetables.
Bingle: [Australian origin] a collision.
Hiya boss, sorry I’m late for work. I was involved in a bingle… It just doesn’t have the same effect, does it?
Boffola: [North American origin] a joke that gets a loud or hearty laugh.
Whenever you hear a hearty laugh, just assume I told a cracking boffola.
Callipygian: Having shapely buttocks.
Isn’t this a bodily feature we all aspire for?
Humdudgeon: An imaginary illness.
Whenever a situation arises that I’m desperate to get out of, I have found myself a new excuse…
Tittynope: A small quantity of something leftover.
Next time a customer asks me if I can put their leftover food into a takeaway container at work, I will casually drop this word into our interaction purely to see their reaction.
If you have any quirky, bizarre words you use on the daily, please share them with me. I am so beyond amused right now, it’s actually a little bit alarming.