As most of us English-speaking individuals are well aware, English is a rather unique language in terms of its grammatical stipulations, spelling, and phonetical pronunciation of certain words. I would go so far as to say that a lot of elements of the English language don’t make much sense, and seeing as I studied English at university, I think I can vouch for this statement.
Considering how perplexing English can be, I thought it might be entertaining to do a little bit of research and determine some of the weirdest and most puzzling words that exist in the English language. Without further adieu, please take a look at the following, conveniently listed in alphabetical order, which comes from voxy.com.
n. – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body
v. – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily
n. – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders
NOT: v. – to sabotage with cabbage and/or Vermont Cabot Cheese
n. – old English word for bagpipe
adj. – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog
Although she won’t know what it means, never, ever tell your date Erin that she is “looking quite erinaceous this evening.”
n. – in Turkey and some other Oriental countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign
n. – a tax on salt
n. – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight
v. – to pawn or mortgage something
NOT: v. – to impregnate a pig
adj. – pertaining to breakfast
n. – fear of failure
This is the last word that someone with kakorrhaphiophobia would want to encounter in a spelling bee.
n. – loudness and clarity of enunciation
adj. – having a good sense of smell
n. – the day before yesterday
NOT: n. – a martian nudist
n. – outdated word meaning “armpit”
NOT: n. – a creature that is half ox, half otter
adj. – uttering few words; brief in speech
If you had to figure out how to use this word in context, you probably wouldn’t say much either.
n. – two dozen sheets of paper
n. – small shoot growing from the root of a plant
NOT: n. – the offspring of interbreeding rats and raccoons
n. – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps
n. – a small quantity of something left over
Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!
adj. – having wooly or crispy hair
First time you’ve heard this word? It’s probably a good indication that you don’t have wooly or crispy hair. Or that you do, and nobody uses this word anymore.
n. – a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health
Think – “the valedictorian of hypochondriacs”
n. – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe
A close second to “tittynope” in the eyebrow-raiser category
v. – to gulp down quickly and greedily
n. – hand of cards containing no card above a nine
n. – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal,” the web page states.