46 Spunky Words to Spice up Your Speech

Whether you're an abecedarian just developing your logophilia or a longtime sesquipedalian, the English language is a vast vocabulous* sea of endless surprises. I think it's high time you expanded your lexicon! So as not to frustrate you, I must provide a warning: the images below are not GIFs, despite the "play" symbol. So click as much as you want, but nothing's gonna move. Now, without further ado, I present to you the 46 quirkiest words I could find on the internet in two hours!

agastopia: admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

argle-bargle: copious but meaningless talk or writing

barn burner: a very exciting or dramatic event, especially a sports contest

bibble: to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

blatherskite: a person who talks at great length without making much sense

cacoethes: an irresistible urge to do something inadvisable

callipygian: having shapely buttocks

deipnosophist: a person skilled in the art of dining and dinner-table conversation

eucatastrophe: a happy ending to a story

gabelle: a tax on salt

hinky: dishonest, suspect, or unreliable

hypnopompic: of or relating to the semiconscious state prior to complete wakefulness

jentacular: pertaining to breakfast

kerfuffle: a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views

lackadaisical: without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic

macrosmatic: having a good sense of smell

mimsy: rather feeble and prim or over-restrained, (coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass)

mouse potato: a person who spends large amounts of their leisure or working time on a computer

oneiric: of, relating to, or suggestive of dreams

persnickety: overparticular; fussy

pausiloquent: uttering few words; brief in speech

quire: two dozen sheets of paper

rawky: foggy, damp, and cold

slangwanger: a loud abusive speaker or obnoxious writer [i.e., Trump?]

tittynope: a small quantity of something left over

toplofty: haughty and arrogant

tellurian: of or inhabiting the earth, or an inhabitant of the earth

ulotrichous: having wooly or crispy hair

umbriferous: shady

velleity: a wish or inclination which is not strong enough to lead one to take action [a.k.a. the desire to get good grades]

widdershins: in a direction contrary to the sun's course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise

wittol: a man who knows of and tolerates his wife's infidelity

xertz: to gulp down quickly and greedily

Although after memorizing these words, you may be perceived as toplofty, your speech may very well contain less argle-bargle. Hopefully no one accuses you of being a slangwanger or a blatherskite! Either way, now you'll sound a little more erudite (if you overcome your misanthropy and actually talk to people), and Davidson will get an even better rep. Thanks to Oxford Dictionaries, @lovelywords on Twitter, and Voxy Blog, my velleity to search through the dictionary did not inhibit me from curating this list. 

*NOTE: Not an actual word. I made it up! In my defense, Shakespeare did it tooover 1,700 times! I'm in good company.

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