by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2
Writers love the English language. We also hate it. Sometimes we agonize for hours, comb online thesauruses, and reject dozens of choices before we arrive at just the right word to convey our meaning. Other times the words flow faster than money out of our bank accounts.
As crazy and illogical as our language is, it’s also beautiful, poetic, and sometimes downright funny. Today I’ve chosen six words to share with you, courtesy of alphadictionary.com, that are hilarious, either in their spelling, meaning, or pronunciation. I hope they bring you a smile.
6 Silly Words
Definition: To be anencephalous is to be brainless, empty-headed, to have a skull with an echo.
Sample: The current election cycle has proven again that anencephalous humans repeatedly elect other anencephalous humans to high public office.
#2 Formication (Read this one carefully. It’s not what you think.)
Definition: The sense of ants crawling on your skin.
Sample: Seeing one bug climbing the table leg was enough to stir up my proclivity for formication.
Pronunciation: pan-dik-yuh-ley-shuh n
Definition: A full body stretch, usually accompanied by a yawn.
Sample: My dog, Winston, always began his day with leisurely pandiculation.
Definition: Spitting while speaking.
Sample: The sialoquent preacher never understood why his congregants refused to sit on the front row.
|Abibliophobia: the fear of running out of reading material.|
#5 and my personal favorite: Abibliophobia
Definition: The fear of running out of reading material.
Sample: When my Kindle library of new books dwindles, my abibliophobia rears its ugly head.
Musicians will love this final word, but even if you’re not musically inclined, have fun trying to pronounce it. Take it slowly and don’t miss a syllable.
Definition: A musical timing of 1/64.
Sample: My fingers can’t move fast enough to play a selection set in hemidemisemiquaver.
Well, there you have it—six funny words from the English language. Six words will barely skim the foam off the pot, so I invite you to join the conversation by sharing your personal favorite silly word in the comment box below.
Remember, just because the world is filled with serious things doesn’t mean we can’t lighten things up every now and then. I challenge you to incorporate one of these silly words into your conversation or writing today and watch what happens.
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones,” (Prov. 17:22).
Lori Hatcher is the editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine and the author of two devotional books, Hungry for God … Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women and Joy in the Journey – Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms. A blogger, writing instructor, and inspirational speaker, her goal is to help women connect with God in the craziness of life You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time . Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter (@LoriHatcher2), or Pinterest (Hungry for God).