Twenty-five of the Funniest Words

What words do you think of as funny?
Here are 25 of the funniest words in the English language
 from a list by linguist, Robert Beard.

Abibliophobia The fear of running out of reading material.

Borborygm A rumbling of the stomach.

Canoodle To hug and kiss.

Codswallop Nonsense, balderdash.

Collop A slice of meat or fold of flab.

Collywobbles Butterflies in the stomach.

“GARDYLOO! Ecdysiast.”

Ecdysiast An exotic dancer, a stripper.

Flibbertigibbet Nonsense, balderdash.

Gaberlunzie A wandering beggar.

Gardyloo! A warning shouted before throwing water from above.

Gongoozle To stare at.

Goombah An older friend who protects you.

Hobbledehoy An awkward or ill-mannered young boy.

Hoosegow A jail or prison.

La-di-da An interjection indicating that something is pretentious.

Lickspittle A servile person, a toady.

Mumpsimus An outdated and unreasonable position on an issue.

Pettifogger A person who tries to befuddle others with his speech.

Slangwhanger A loud abusive speaker or obnoxious writer.

Smellfungus A perpetual pessimist.

Snollygoster A person who can’t be trusted.

Snool A servile person.

Troglodyte Someone or something that lives in a cave.

Wabbit Exhausted, tired, worn out.

And . . . wrapping it up with #25:

@ The “at” sign.

Robert E. Beard is a linguist whose specialty is morphology (the study of words). He owns and writes at under the pseudonym “Dr. Goodword”. Take a look at his site. It’s a writer’s nirvana.


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One response to “Twenty-five of the Funniest Words

  1. What fun! I recognized some of these. My personal favorite: la-di-da with goombah coming in a close second.


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