#EngTrivia: 10 funny-sounding and interesting English words

Hello, hello, fellas. How are you guys doing? :)

Anyway, today I would like to share 10 funny-sounding and interesting English words, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. :)

  1. Bumfuzzle: confuse; perplex; fluster. “The team has successfully bumfuzzled its opponent.”
  2. Cattywampus: askew, awry, kitty-corner. “Everything goes cattywampus since the incident.”
  3. Gardyloo: used in Edinburgh as a warning cry when it was customary to throw slops from the windows into the streets.
  4. Taradiddle: a. a fib; b. pretentious nonsense. “Stop the taradiddles. Let’s get to work!”
  5. Billingsgate: coarsely abusive language. “Ssh! No billingsgate allowed in this room!”
  6. Snickersnee: a. (archaic) to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting with knives; b. a large knife. “I drew my snickersnee.”
  7. Widdershins: in a left-handed or contrary direction; counterclockwise. “The wind moves widdershins as the sky grows dark.”
  8. Collywobbles: pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach; a bellyache. “Mommy, I got collywobbles,” cried the kid.
  9. Gubbins: a. dialect (Britain): fish parings or refuse; b. broadly: any bits and pieces. “Collect all your gubbins and go.”
  10. Diphthong: 2 vowel sounds joined in one syllable to form one speech sound, e.g. the sounds of “ou” in out and of “oy” in boy.

Source: Funny-Sounding and Interesting Words

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on August 15, 2014


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