An A-to-Z Guide of the Best Words in the English Dictionary
There are hundreds of thousands of words in the English Dictionary. Many are dull and some are just plain disastrous (somehow, ‘LOL’ got in there). But in between the rubbish are diamonds in the rough. Pick up a dictionary and flick through the pages (yes, the paper kind, they smell better). We promise you’ll find something interesting.
Just in case you burned your copy of the dictionary last winter when you ran out of firewood, here is a Word Salad approved A-to-Z guide of the best words in the English Dictionary.
A Ailurophile: a cat-lover.
B Borborygm: a rumbling or gurgling noise produced by wind in the bowels.
C Cantankerous: bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative.
D Doodlesack: an old English term for the bagpipe.
E Erinaceous: of, relating to, or resembling hedgehogs.
F Fernweh: literally, “farsickness”; an ache for the distance; wanderlust.
G Google: a trademark used for an Internet search engine, originating from a misspelling of the word “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros.
H Hemidemisemiquaver: a musical timing of one sixty-fourth.
I Itch: an uncomfortable sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch.
J Jiffy: a short space of time; a moment.
K Kerfuffle: disorder; agitation.
L Lickerish: greedy or desirous.
M Mellifluous: sweet sounding.
N Nebulize: to convert (a liquid) into a fine spray.
O Onomatopoeia: a word that sounds like its meaning.
P Pandiculated: to fully stretch the torso and upper limbs, typically accompanied by yawning.
Q Quackle: to suffocate or choke.
R Rambunctious: boisterous and disorderly.
S Steatopygia: having fat or prominent buttocks.
T Tittynope: a small quantity of something left over.
U Ultracrepidarianism: the habit of giving opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.
V Verbose: abounding in words, containing more words than necessary; long winded.
W Wanderlust: a strong impulse or longing to travel.
X Xertz: to gulp a beverage enthusiastically and quickly.
Y Yolk: the yellow, usually spherical portion of an egg of a bird or reptile that serves as nutriment for the developing young.
Z Zoanthropy: a mental disorder in which one believes oneself to be an animal.