What in the word?

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

doodle sack

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n. – outdated word meaning “armpit”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.

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