#EngTrivia: 10 funny-sounding and interesting English words

Hello, hello, fellas. How are you guys doing? By the way, today I would like to share 10 funny-sounding and interesting English words, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

  1. Bumfuzzle. Meaning: confuse; perplex; fluster.
    • Example:
      • “The team has successfully bumfuzzled its opponent.”
  2. Cattywampus. Meaning: askew, awry, kitty-corner.
    • Example:
      • “Everything goes cattywampus since the incident.”
  3. Gardyloo. Meaning: used in Edinburgh as a warning cry when it was customary to throw slops from the windows into the streets.
  4. Taradiddle. Meaning:
    1. a fib
    2. pretentious nonsense.
      • Example;
        • “Stop the taradiddles. Let’s get to work!”
  5. Billingsgate. Meaning: coarsely abusive language.
    • Example:
      • “Ssh! No billingsgate allowed in this room!”
  6. Snickersnee. Meaning:
    1. (archaic) to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting with knives;
    2. a large knife.
      • Example:
        • “I drew my snickersnee.”
  7. Widdershins. Meaning: in a left-handed or contrary direction; counterclockwise.
    • Example:
      • “The wind moves widdershins as the sky grows dark.”
  8. Collywobbles. Meaning: pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach; a bellyache.
    • Example:
      • “‘Mommy, I got collywobbles,’ cried the kid.”
  9. Gubbins. Meaning:
    1. dialect (Britain): fish parings or refuse;
    2. broadly: any bits and pieces.
      • Example:
        • “Collect all your gubbins and go.”
  10. Diphthong. Meaning: 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 Thursday, August 15, 2014.


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