Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 17, 2010

Fun Words A – G List

I have been collecting words that I think are funny or sound funny to me.  I thought you might have some to add or maybe you will want to save them and use when writing your next story.  There are over 700 in all, so I thought I would break it up.  I’ll post the next batch in another post.Abbadabba-do                                              Dashing
Abracadabra                                                 Dawdle
Adams apple                                                 Dazzling
Airhead                                                        Deadbeat
Albino                                                          Debonair
Apparition                                                     Déjà vu
Artsy-Fartsy                                                 Derriere
Arugula                                                        Devil-may-care
Askew                                                          Diabolical
Ass-wipe                                                      Diddly-Squat
Audacious                                                     Diddle daddle
Backstabber                                                  Dilly-dally
Bada-bing                                                     Dimwitted
Bag-lady                                                       Dinghy
Balderdash                                                    Dingleberry
Ball-breaker                                                   Dingy
Ballsy                                                           Dinky
Baloney                                                        Dippy
Bambino                                                        Dipstick
Banger                                                          Discombobulate
Banshee                                                        Dogeared
Barbarian                                                       Dogfight
Barefaced                                                      Dog tags
Bassackwards                                                 Dongle
Bat out of Hell                                                Donnybrook
Bat snot                                                        Doodad
Battleaxe                                                       Doohickey
Batty                                                            Dopy
Bauble                                                           Dovetail
Beanie                                                           Drench
Bedbug                                                          Drivel
Bedraggled                                                     Dropkick
Beer Belly                                                       Dumbfounded
Beer Garden                                                    Dumbledore
Bellow                                                            Dumpster diver
Berserk                                                           Dunderhead
Besmirched                                                    Dust bunny
Bickering                                                         Dustup
Biddy                                                             Earshot
Bigamous                                                        Ear-splitting
Bigwig                                                            Ebb-tide
Billyclub                                                          Effervescent
Birdbrain                                                         Eagle eye
Bitchslap                                                         Enchilada
Bizarre                                                            Entourage
Blab                                                                Erroneous
Blabbermouth                                               Eavesdropper
Blah                                                                Face-off
Blather                                                            Fallacous
Blatherskite                                                    Farding
Bleeding heart                                               Featherbrain
Bling                                                                Fee-Fie-Faw-Fum
Blood pudding                                              Femi-Nazi
Bloodthirsty                                                   Fess-up
Blood sport                                                    Festoon
Bloodsucker                                                  Fickle
Blooter                                                            Fiddaddle
Bloviate                                                           Fiddle-de-dee
Blowback                                                        Fiddle faddle
Blue-dog                                                         Fiddlesticks
Blunderbuss                                                   Fidgety
Boatswain                                                       Fiendish
Body-snatcher                                              Filibuster
Boggle                                                            Filthy
Bombastic                                                      Finger Licken
Bonehead                                                        Fink
Boobalah                                                         Fishwife Fisticuffs
Boogaloo                                                        Flabberdoddle
Boogie                                                            Flabbergasted
Boogieman                                                     Flakey
Boomerang                                                    Fleckless
Boomshakalaka                                            Fleabag
Bootlicker                                                       Fleaflicker
Bosom                                                             Flibbertigibet
Bouffant                                                          Flimflam
Bouyant                                                           Flambe
Brain freeze                                                    Flamboyant
Brainstorm                                                     Flapper
Britches                                                           Flew the coop
Brouhaha                                                        Flip-flop
Browbeat                                                         Floozy
Buck-up                                                           Flophouse
Buckwheat                                                       Flummox
Bugaboo                                                           Flubadub
Bug-eyed                                                          Foghorn  
Buku                                                                Foppish
Bullheaded                                                      Foolhardy
Bummer                                                            Fooze ball
Bum’s rush                                                      Forked-tongue
Bungee                                                             Fracas
Buzzkill                                                             Fritter
Caboose                                                           Frivolous
Cahoots                                                            Frolic
Camouflage                                                     Frou-frou
Canoodle                                                          Fruitcake
Cantankerous                                                 Fuddy-duddy
Carpetbagger                                                   Fuss
Carrot top                                                        Fuss bucket
Catawampus                                                    Fuzzy math
Cattle call                                                        Gadabout
Chatty Cathy                                                   Gaga
Cheeky                                                            Gallivant
Chicanery                                                         Galoshes
Chickenhearted                                              Gargoyle
Chimney-sweep                                              Gazebo
Chintzy                                                            Ghoul
Chipper                                                            Gibberish
Chit-Chat                                                         Giddy 
Chortle                                                             Giddy-up 
Chuckwagon                                                     Girly-girl 
Chug-a-lug                                                        Glitzy  
Cleavage                                                           Gloat 
Clinker                                                              Glockenspiel 
Clodhopper                                                        Gluteus maximus 
Cobweb                                                            Gobbler 
Cock-a-doodle-doo                                         Gobbledygook 
Cockamamie                                                      Goblin
Cocky                                                              Gobsmacked
Cockeyed                                                          Gold-digger
Codswallop                                                        Goober
Cold feet                                                           Goofus
Cold sweat                                                         Goose
Concoction                                                         Goosebumps
Cool-aid drinker                                               Gossamer
Cooties                                                              Goulash
Coquetting                                                         Graffiti
Corny                                                                Grease Monkey
Crackpot                                                            Greasy Spoon
Cradle cap                                                          Greenhorn
Crapola                                                              Gremlin
Crum-bum                                                           Gridlock
Crummy                                                              Gringo
Cummerbund                                                     Guacamole
Cumquat                                                             Guestimate
Curlicue                                                              Gum up
Curmudgeon                                                       Grubby
Cutie patootie                                                    Guttersnipe

Sorry for the wiggly second column, but it is impossible to line-up.  If you are coming to the New Jersey SCBWI Conference or thinking about coming, I have put up more information tonight. http://www.newjerseyscbwi.com/events/100604%20conference.shtml

Look at the Detailed Conference Information.   Thanks,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Wow! Love this post 🙂

    I could simply get lost in all these words for days!

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    • Wendy,

      I love collecting words. I bet you don’t know what farding is without looking it up. You’ll enjoy it when you do.

      Kathy

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  2. Grabbed nine of them!
    Thanks!
    Best,
    Mimi

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    • Mimi,

      I think my favorite is fleaflicker. Do you know what that is?

      Kathy

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  3. Great, great fun. Some of my favorites are here–curmudgeon, guttersnipe, codswallop, discombobulate. 🙂

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  4. Yousei,

    I love them, too. Do you know what farding and fleaflicker mean, without looking them up?

    Kathy

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  5. Awesome list of words! Thanks!

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    • Hey,

      There you are. Did you see that Carolyn Yoder listed her book in her blurb about her Intensive workshop she is doing at our conference?

      There are so many fun sounding words. I like Fleaflicker. Do you know what that means? You might know that one if you are a sports fan, but do you know what farding is without looking it up? I have to find a place for it in one of my books.

      Kathy

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  6. OH, how I LOVE the English language! I am genuinely attached to dictionaries and thesauruses! lol I had started making a list of verbs, but never finished it. This is great stuff, Kathy. Thanks 🙂
    Donna

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    • Donna,

      Thanks! I just put up the second part tonight. We had a First Page Session tonight with Chris Richmond from Upstart Crow Literary and Rebecca Frazer from Source Books. Have you ever come out to a Frist Page Session?

      Kathy

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      • Yep, Kathy, got the second list tonight and looking forward to the third! 🙂

        I can’t tell you how I salivate when you send the notices about all that’s going on in the chapter. There’s that part of me that wants to consider it, but the drive is long, my car is old and I’m broke, sooooo…. I have to be selective as to what I can and can’t do. I am absolutely POsitive all this stuff is great, and I’m assuming you get to enjoy all of them (seeing as you ARRANGE all of them, I sure hope you do! lol).
        Donna

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      • Donna,

        How far away do you live?

        Kathy

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  7. Kathy, it’s typically a good hour and 20 min., depending on traffic; it could be more and if things go REALLY smoothly, a few minutes less.
    Donna

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    • Donna,

      That’s not so bad. It take me around the same amount of time to get there. Maybe we could look for someone to car pool with, so you don’t have to drive. Just trying to think of a way to get you there.

      Kathy

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      • Kathy, you’re so sweet 🙂

        It’s not just the actual driving (’cause I can typically handle that length of drive by myself), but I can’t drive as a passenger (I get car sick immediately), and it’s rare I can be in someone else’s car ’cause there’s always some sort of fragrance or chemical I can’t deal with, whether it’s new car smell (tons of chemicals!), air freshener, smoke, cleaners, etc. It’s such a nuisance. I have to drive myself and it’s the round trip that makes it far for me in one day, for health reasons (too lengthy to explain in here), one of which is dealing with all kinds of exposures during the event itself (perfumes, etc.) and having to drive back home. If it were closer, it wouldn’t be as hard for me to deal with. I REALLY wish I could come more often and I love that you care that I could! Thank you!
        Donna

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