Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 24, 2014

Fun – Cool – Interesting Words

Author Tara Lazar posted a list of Fun Words on her blog. I have done a number of Word Lists on this blog, so as not to reinvent the wheel, I copied Tara’s list and deleted some words so you would have to visit her site. To the right of the column, I added some of my own fun words. I’m sure you have a bunch of words you could add. If you do, just leave them in the comments.

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All writers love language. And we especially love fun words, don’t we? Some have funky spellings, tongue-twisting turns, a satisfying “ooh”…and some sound too hilarious to be true! So here is Tara’s list of fun words and words I have added to it. Have fun, lexicon lovers!

  1. aficionado
  2. akimbo
  3. alfresco
  4. ambrosial
  5. anemone
  6. aplomb
  7. apoplectic
  8. appaloosa
  9.                                                  Arietta
  10. avuncular
  11. balderdash
  12. bamboozle
  13. barnstorming
  14. befuddled
  15. berserk                                    Bilge
  16. boffo
  17. bombastic
  18. boondoggle
  19. bozo
  20. braggadocio                            Brewski
  21. brouhaha
  22. bucolic
  23. buffoon                                    Buffoonery
  24. bulbous
  25. bumbledom
  26. bungalow
  27. cacophony                               Caboodle
  28. cahoots
  29. candelabra
  30. canoodle
  31. cantankerous
  32. caterwaul
  33. catawampus                             Chameleon
  34. chichi
  35. chimichanga
  36. claptrap                                    Clairvoyant
  37. clodhopper
  38. cockatoo
  39. codswallop
  40. comeuppance
  41. conundrum
  42. copacetic
  43. cornucopia                                 Coquette
  44. cowabunga
  45. coxcomb
  46. crestfallen
  47. cuckolded
  48. curlicue
  49. demitasse
  50. diaphanous                                 Diatribe
  51. digeridoo
  52. dilemma                                      Dilettante
  53. dirigible
  54. discombobulated
  55.                                                      Donnybrook
  56. doohickey
  57. doppelganger                            Drivel
  58. ebullient
  59. effervescence
  60. egads                                           Enchantress
  61. extraterrestrial
  62. finagle
  63. fandango
  64. festooned
  65. fisticuffs
  66. flabbergasted
  67. flapdoodle                                  Fledgling
  68. flibbertigibbet                           Floozy
  69. flummoxed
  70. fortuitous
  71. fracas
  72. frippery
  73. froufrou
  74. fussbudget
  75. gadzooks
  76. gallimaufry                                   Garantuan
  77.                                                         Giddy
  78. gibberish                                       Ginseng
  79. gobbledygook
  80. gobsmacked
  81. gorgonzola
  82. gossamer
  83. guffaw
  84. haberdashery
  85. harrumph                                     Harlet
  86. highfalutin
  87. hijinks
  88. hippocampus
  89. hobbledehoy                               Hobgoblin
  90. hodgepodge                                Hoedown
  91. hogwash                                      Hooey
  92. hooligan
  93. hootenanny                                Horsefeathers
  94. hornswoggle
  95. hubbub
  96. hullabaloo
  97. humbug
  98. humdinger                                  Huzzy
  99. huzzah
  100. hyperbole
  101. idiosyncrasies
  102. indubitably
  103. jabberwocky                               Jibber
  104. jitney
  105. juggernaut
  106. juxtaposition
  107. kaleidoscope
  108. kerfuffle
  109. kerplunk                                      kibosh
  110.                                                     Killjoy
  111. kismet
  112. knickerbocker
  113. knickknack
  114. kumquat
  115. lackadaisical
  116. lambasted
  117. lampoon
  118. limburger
  119. logjam
  120. logorrhea
  121. lollapalooza
  122. lollygag                                 Ludicrous
  123. lugubrious
  124. magnificent
  125.                                                 Magnum
  126. malarkey
  127. mayhem
  128. mellifluous                           Mealymouthed
  129. menagerie                            Melee
  130. milquetoast                          Mincemeat
  131. misanthrope
  132. mishmash
  133. mojo (character in THE MONSTORE) Motormouth
  134. mollycoddle                          Monkeyshine
  135. mulligatawny                        Niggle
  136. nincompoop                          Nitpicky
  137. nomenclature
  138. onomatopoeia
  139. oxymoron
  140. pachyderm
  141. palindrome                             Palooka
  142. panache
  143. pandemonium
  144. pantaloons
  145. parallelogram
  146. persimmon
  147. persnickety
  148. pettifogger
  149. phantasmagorical
  150. phylactery
  151. plethora
  152. pollywog
  153. pomposity
  154. poppycock
  155. potpourri
  156.                                                      Prattle
  157. quixotic
  158. raconteur
  159. ragamuffin
  160. rapscallion
  161. razzmatazz
  162. rejigger
  163. rendezvous
  164. resplendent
  165. ricochet
  166. rigmarole
  167. riposte                                       Rotund
  168. ruffian                                       Ruckus
  169. sabayon                                     Rumpus
  170. sassafras
  171. scalawag
  172. schadenfreude
  173. schlep
  174. scintillating
  175. scrofulous
  176. scrumdiddlyumptious
  177. scuttlebutt
  178. serendipity
  179. shenanigans                             Shindig
  180. skedaddle
  181. skullduggery
  182. smorgasbord
  183. sojourn                                     Soothsayer
  184. splendiferous
  185. squeegee
  186. squooshy
  187. staccato
  188.                                                     Stiletto
  189. superfluous
  190. Svengali
  191. swashbuckler
  192. swizzlestick
  193. synchronicity
  194. syzygy
  195. talisman
  196. taradiddle                                Teetotaler
  197.                                                    Teenybopper
  198. telekinesis                                Tenderfoot
  199. thingamabob
  200. thingamajig                             Tirade
  201. tomfoolery                               Tootsie
  202. trapezoid                                  Twadle
  203. usurp
  204. uvula
  205. verisimilitude
  206. vermicious
  207. vertigo
  208. verve
  209. vivacious                                      Voodoo
  210. vuvuzela
  211. wanderlust
  212. whippersnapper
  213. wigwam
  214. woebegone
  215. zaftig                                              Yakkity
  216. zeitgeist
  217. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  218. zephyr
  219. zeppelin
  220. zigzag                                             Zombie

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. When I first saw this on Tara’s blog, I immediately printed it out and put it in my “tools” pile. Excellent one to post about, Kathy😀

  2. As someone who also loves words, wouldn’t it make a great “story starter” to choose three or four words at random and incorporate them into a story? Just sayin’

  3. Nice list! I photocopied the words list from a GRE study guide for the same reason…just to have beautiful words to look through every so often.🙂

  4. I like the word “diffident” and have to stop every once in a while and see if I still remember it because I’m one of those people who look up the same words over and over in a dictionary and rarely remember them. The writers I read all seem to have such greater vocabularies than I.

    I’m impressed with the maker of this list!

    • Peter, just so you know—I, too, do the same thing. My faulty recall has me forgetting even common words we use all the time, so you are NOT alone! I feel the same way. Still…we HAVE dictionaries and thesauruses to help—thank God!😀

  5. Acrid. I was fascinated seeing the word used in a lot of prose and poetry. And, it was one I didn’t have in my working list of words. Great word that is almost an anemonapeia. Did I spell that correctly? Tee Hee.

  6. how is kibosh not on this list!

    Great list!


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