12 Most Awesomest Words to Add into Your Daily Vocabulary

12 Most Awesomest Words to Add into Your Daily Vocabulary

As an author, speaker and “hey, look at me”-er, I am always in search of new and interesting words to use to express myself. To spice up my blog posts. To make me sound more sophisticated and junk. And it really works. You would be surprised how a simple shift in one or two words can change how someone sees you or reads your blog.

Unfortunately, a lot of what were once up and coming words have since become so overused they just get glanced over nowadays. But have no fear. There are plenty of words out there, so I have generously dipped into my reserves to share with you the 12 Most Awesomest Words to Add into Your Daily Vocabulary.

Enjoy! Or should I say… luxuriate!

1. Kerfuffle ( kərˈfəfəl )

Originally, I thought a kurfuffle was the machine they use at Build-a-Bear to blow stuffing into the bears but apparently I was wrong. After looking a little deeper, it seems as though it is really defined as a commotion or fuss.

Example: I got into a bit of a kerfuffle with the girl from Build-a-Bear when she insisted that the stuffing machine was not called a kerfuffle.

2. Flibbertigibbet (ˈflibərtēˌjibit )

I’m like 85% sure that flibbertigibbet has two meanings. The more widely used being a frivolous, flighty or excessively talkative person. However, what I feel is the more advanced usage of the term is something Kermit the Frog says after having one too many cocktails.

Example: Oh flibbertigibbet! Miss Piggy is here! Quick, hide in the closet!!!

3. Lollygag (ˈlälēˌgag ]

No. Lollygagging is not what happens when you stick a lollipop into your mouth too quickly. Quite the opposite, kind of. It actually means to dawdle or take your time. Not necessarily with a lollipop. Just in general.

Example: Stop lollygagging and finish reading this post and get back to work!

4. Bloviate (ˈblōvēˌāt )

Sounds like a naughty word, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. Sorry! It is a clean word meaning to talk at length often in an inflated or empty way. Kind of like I am doing in this post.

Example: There he goes again. Boy, does Marc like to bloviate sometimes.

5. Brouhaha (ˈbro͞ohäˌhä )

I think most people know a brouhaha as a noisy or overexcited response. But did you know that there is another form of the word? That’s right. A brouhoho is a noisy or overexcited response due to an over consumption of eggnog.

Example: The brouhaha that broke out on Christmas Eve quickly turned into a brouhoho before someone dipped into Santa’s cookies and the reindeers’ carrots.

6. Absquatulate ( abˈskwäCHəˌlāt )

I could swear this was the act of impersonating Sasquatch but guess again. It actually just means to take off or leave. I’m not quite sure why you wouldn’t just say take off or leave.

Example: I really need to leave but in an effort to make myself sound important I am going to tell everyone that I have to absquatulate and then watch them look at me funny as I walk out the door.

7. Discombobulate (ˌdiskəmˈbäbyəˌlāt )

Discombobulate means to remove ones head while juggling swords. Wait a second… sorry about that. Typo on my part. It actually means to confuse someone.

Example: Sorry about screwing up the definition. I was a bit discombobulated.

8. Cockamamie (ˈkäkəˌmām )

Cockamamie means ridiculous which is quite fitting considering the way the word sounds.

Example: Cockamamie is a cockamamie word.

9. Batrachomyomachy ( bat`ra`cho`my`om´a`chy )

This is one of those words that looks like it has some bizarre meaning like when a balding man has his comb over surgically removed, doesn’t it? Well, it’s even more bizarre than that! It is a battle between frogs and mice. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up.

Example: I’d like to put $500 on the mice to win in today’s batrachomyomachy.

10. Collywobbles ( col•ly•wob•bles )

Apparently the collywobbles are the Little House on the Prairie version of the butterflies you get when you are nervous. I didn’t think you could make “I have the butterflies in my stomach” sound any more lame. Apparently you can.

Example: When I first met you, I had the collywobbles. At least I thought I did until I realized it was food poisoning.

11. Slangwhanger ( slang´-whang`er )

Someone who is a slangwhanger is a person who verbally attacks others. For example, a politician. Hey, if the shoe fits…

Example: I’m sure there will be plenty of slangwhangers leaving comments on this post. To them I say: bring it.

12. Skedaddle ( skiˈdadl )

This is an easy one. It just means to leave quickly. Take off fast. As opposed to skedoodle which means to draw really fast.

Example: This is number 12, so I suppose it is time for me to skedaddle!

Do you ever use any of these awesome words yourself or are there any favorites I left out? Let me know!

Featured image courtesy of colinaut licensed via Creative Commons.


Marc Ensign

http://www.marcensign.com

I should warn you. I am not a Guru, Jedi, Rock Star or a Ninja. I'm just a guy that knows an awful lot about a bunch of stuff and I like to tell stories about it on my blog. I tend to write mostly about social media, Internet Marketing, SEO, blogging, life, business and the fuzzy stuff in between your toes. I think my stuff is really good. You'll like it…trust me. You should really check it out otherwise I might be highly offended.

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43 comments
MarcEnsign
MarcEnsign

@PaulBiedermann Thanks for the share Pauly B!

dbvickery
dbvickery

Definitely heard plenty references to lollygag, discombobulate and skedaddle while growing up. I've loved brouhaha since I first heard it as a junior in high school.

Oh, guess I've heard cockamamie a few times while growing up, too!

viragshah4
viragshah4

@PegFitzpatrick Vocabulary must require to make effective communication ..

coffeeconfidant
coffeeconfidant

@nightlitemedia @OdacremCoffee How come he didn't add this useful word: gynotikolobomassophile? :) :)

SandeepGhaey
SandeepGhaey

Batrachomyomachy translates from greek as a battle between frogs and mice and the eponymous poem, is an allegory of frogs and mice fighting.  The word actually means "a fight over nothing."

Like how katzenjammer in german translates as "wailing cat", but in english means having a hangover.

jbarkemeyer
jbarkemeyer

@taramzurlo What does it say about me if half of those are already in my everyday use? It was missing shamblastered however.

Karen Skidmore
Karen Skidmore

Love these words - I use skedaddle a lot but didn't realise it was a "proper" word :)

I've also been know to use "Fandabbydosey" ... but perhaps I shouldn't admit that here!

grahameh
grahameh

A word I particularly enjoy is "masticate", which means to chew food, or grind into a pulp. The possibilities are endless.

AbsoluteAlicia
AbsoluteAlicia

@SEOjunkie thanks for the Rt. does it help you with keyword research?!

homeplaceblogger
homeplaceblogger

Love this! And I use #3, #5, #7, #8, and #12 quite often!

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

man, these are hard to spell! Flibbertigibbet -- okay, I feel better now. 

RachelintheOC
RachelintheOC

Any fan of 'Joe vs. The Volcano' knows about flibbertigibbit -- one of my fav movies ever. My other fav line from that movie is 'I have no response to that,' which is how I felt reading some of these words. 

Great job, Man. 

heatherdaygilbert
heatherdaygilbert

I always thought it was "kerfLuffle," so I'll have to change that one up. And, another word that should be clarified is "lackadaisical." It's not spelled/pronounced "lackSadaisical." Hubby and I argued over this one till we looked it up and discovered I was right all along...

susansilver
susansilver

Defenestration is a good one to use when you are a frustrated. It means to throw something (or someone) out a window. In college my friend used to say that he wanted to try self-defenestration. That always got him some odd looks. 

doomzTO
doomzTO

@jebbing9 @MarcEnsign Batrachomyomachy is now my most favourite word. EVER.

RalphH_VO
RalphH_VO

@12Most @MarcEnsign Looks like I can only use #4 for Scrabble:) cc: @bekiweki

_bekiweki
_bekiweki

I have used half of these. However, I concur with the assessment of "collywobbles." That word is utterly stupid. 

MarcEnsign
MarcEnsign

@PegFitzpatrick Bring on the trolls :)

nightlitemedia
nightlitemedia

@coffeeconfidant We was wondering same thing lol

taramzurlo
taramzurlo

@jbarkemeyer it says ur a gentleman & scholar!! Besides a day w/o at least one good brouhaha is not a day worth living!!

SEOjunkie
SEOjunkie

@absolutealicia No problem Alicia, can't say I'll ever use any of those words in #SEO! :)

phhonline
phhonline

@heatherdaygilbert But if you get lackadaisical about pronunciation, you will tend to pronounce it lacksadaisical... 

jebbing9
jebbing9

@doomzTO Real solid word! @marcensign

bekiweki
bekiweki

@RalphH_VO @12Most @MarcEnsign Psh. I've used #4 in a sentence before. You just have to be confident about it.

LucyIguana
LucyIguana

@_bekiweki Ohhh I don't know I am loving collywobbles - I might have to try and use it tomorrow.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

@MarcEnsign Only the awesomest ones! Hope your day is going swimmingly.

RalphH_VO
RalphH_VO

@bekiweki @12Most @MarcEnsign Bloviate is the #voiceover word of the day! Bloviate is "to talk at length often in an inflated or empty way"

MarcEnsign
MarcEnsign

@PegFitzpatrick It's going awesomely!

bekiweki
bekiweki

@RalphH_VO @12Most @MarcEnsign Or political. :) We'll be seeing some bloviation tonight, I'd imagine.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

@MarcEnsign Ever ever? I think National Geographic has has some ah-mazing ones. But it fit your post spendidly.

MarcEnsign
MarcEnsign

@PegFitzpatrick Greatest. Photo. Ever.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

@MarcEnsign Did you like the photo on your post with the "awesome!!" key?

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