No doubt we’ve all come across a word at some point which has forced us to crack a smile,
either because of the sheer hilarity of the word at hand or the odd meaning that comes with it.
The English language is full of oddly pronounced words,
words that twist your tongue and words with meanings that don’t seem to match their pronunciation.
It truly is a fascinating subject.
That said, here are 30 words which are funny to pronounce but which come with some (almost) serious meanings.
1. Discombobulate: to confuse or frustrate someone.
She was looking a little discombobulated as Jack spoke to her.
2. Logorrhoea: excessive use of words.
Sally’s friends constantly suffered from her logorrhoea.
3. Flibbertigibbet: nonsense.
“Flibbertigibbet! The grass is green, not blue.” Norman exclaimed.
4. Bumbershoot: an umbrella.
“It’s going to rain. Have you seen my bumbershoot?” Roy said.
5. Taradiddle: a small, seemingly meaningless lie.
Telling her she was wearing a nice dress was only a taradiddle.
6. Gonzo: extreme or far-out journalism.
The man had a gonzo approach to journalism.
7. Tatterdemalion: to be raggedly dressed and unkempt.
The woman sighed at her husband’s tatterdemalion appearance.
8. Gobemouche: an extremely gullible person.
“Did you know they’ve taken ‘gullible’ out of the dictionary?”
9. Fatuous: to be unconsciously foolish.
Tom was always fatuous and as a result he talked a lot of flibbertigibbet.
10. Collywobbles: cramps or other intestinal disturbances; also a feeling of nervousness about something.
Linda needed to leave work early because she was having terrible collywobbles.
11. Mumpsimus: an outdated or unreasonable position on an issue.
Susan stood her ground, even though she knew her opinion was mumpsimus.
12. Donnybrook: an argument, fight or heated public dispute.
Kath and Mike had a donnybrook in the middle of the street which drew a lot of attention.
13. Argle-bargle: a loud row or argument.
James could hear an argle-bargle coming from the other room.
14. Nosegay: a small bunch of flowers.
Julia received a nosegay for her birthday.
15. Bespangle: to cover or adorn with spangles.
Lizzy loved to bespangle her possessions.
16. Troglodyte: someone or something that lives in a cave.
The bat is a well known troglodyte.
17. Hornswoggle: to cheat, swindle, or otherwise deceive.
Daniel hornswoggled his way to fame and fortune.
18. Defunct: no longer living; extinct; no longer operative or valid.
The dinosaurs became defunct millions of years ago.
19. Bumfuzzle: confuse, fluster, perplex.
Tim was trying his best to not to bumfuzzle Jake with his explanation of history.
20. Lollygag: to dawdle or spend time aimlessly.
Andy began to lollygag which made Sarah think they were going to be late.
21. Wabbit: to be exhausted, tired, worn out.
Ben was feeling a bit wabbit after his long day at work.
22. Gadzooks: used to exclaim surprise or annoyance, a minor curse.
“Gadzooks! You surprised me!”
23. Smellfungus: a perpetual pessimist.
Josie was a smellfungus is there ever was one.
24. Turophile: a connoisseur or lover of cheese.
Tyler wanted to make a living out of being a turophile.
25. Goombah: an older friend who protects you.
Gandalf was Frodo’s goombah.
26. Fard: face-paint, makeup.
Sammy’s face was covered in fard.
27. Frippery: pretentious, showy.
Richard was a frippery sort of man.
28. Harum-scarum: lacking a sense of responsibility; reckless.
Jackie constantly acted in a harum-scarum manner.
29. Kibitzer: to offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others.
Alice would often kibitzer, something which cause a lot of trouble.
30. Mellifluous: flowing with sweetness; Smooth and sweet.
The music was mellifluous to Mel’s ears.