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13 Weird and Wonderful Words You Will Love

Weird words that you probably didn't know before. Wonderful words you will never forget after reading below. All in BrainGain magazine's list of 13. Read on.
BY Skendha Singh |   08-01-2016

Languages are meant for communication. Mostly. Sometimes, however, words get their crazy on. It's either because they've jumped across language queues, or lagged behind in time, and out of memory. Or, just because that's how they are - honking mad! 
BrainGain magazine collected 13 such words that belong in a circus. We think you’ll enjoy flaunting them in front of your family and friends. Or using them in unforgettable sentences. Either way, you’ll have fun and enhance your love of language.
 

  1. Aa – The very first word in the Oxford English Dictionary is not just a sound you make when you're scared. It’s what comes out of volcanoes. According to OED, Aa is -'basaltic lava with a light frothy texture,' which forms rough surfaces. Maybe, when you see aa, you can go “aa”. Badum-tish!

     
  2. Barmecide  A word that has nothing to do with barmaid, suicide, or formaldehyde. The meaning does make it seem like the chemical for depression, however. Barmecide means illusionary, and therefore disappointing. 'Harry’s visions in the Mirror of Erised were often barmecidal.' You can see why Rowling never wrote that.

     
  3. Callipygian – Think Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian. Think of their defining feature. They’re all beautiful poster girls with beautiful posteriors. In other, (weird and wonderful words), they’re callipygian. 

     
  4. Defenestration – Sounds both more terrible and posh than its meaning. Characters in P.G. Wodehouse novels often fantasise about it. As does Veronica’s dad in the Archie comics. Throwing someone out of the window, is what it means. "I know how you feel, but I'd rather you didn't defenestrate so often." Blimey.

     
  5. Eunoia – Think of it as a quieter sibling of euphoria and eureka! The word is of Greek origin, and means “well mind” or healthy mind. It is also the shortest English word which contains all the vowels (a,e,i,o,u). 

     
  6. Futz – If your mum came to you and said, "When will you stop futzing and start studying?" she would still be well within the bounds of decorum. That helps with the meaning, doesn’t it? To futz is "to waste time or busy oneself aimlessly.”

     
  7. Gyppy – Sounds cute but is quite rude.  It can refer to anything from an Egyptian person to a cigarette or the state of one’s stomach.  That said, the word is calligrapher’s delight because all the alphabets, when written in a lowercase, have descenders.

     
  8. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia One thing that this word is – long. Another thing this word is? Ironic. It means fear of long words. Go figure!

     
  9. Illywhacker Sounds like an accented “I’ll-Whack-Yer”. The word is  Aussie slang for confidence trickster. Peter Carey wrote a novel with this title, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1985. 

     
  10. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 58 letter word. 58 letters! Also may be the total number of people in the world who can say it correctly. One of them is Liam Dutton. Watch him give the weather forecast for this little Welsh town. Because, that is what it is. People with hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – take care.

     
  11. Petrichor'  The smell of earth after rain. Don’t you love it? Maybe the new title for a perfume. “Petrichor by Dior” sounds perfect.

     
  12. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Superb. Awesome. Amazing. The meanings fit right in with the word, which is a popular entry on most word lists. You might know it from the song in Mary Poppins. According to the movie, it also means having something to say, when you have nothing to say.

     
  13. TwyndyllyngsThis is an obsolete word for “twins”. But for lovers of language, it might be interesting because this is the longest word without regular vowels. Word nerds got to love.
     
 Can you think of more words that are weird and wonderful? Share them in the comments section.
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