Sunday, 15 July 2012

List of Interesting Words in English

I found this amazing article while browsing the internet searching for teaching materials.

As the cliché goes, 'English is a funny language' because of its inscrutable structure. The very funny English language has eccentricities that seem incomprehensible at times. Solving a puzzle from the New York Times sometimes makes you wonder about 'abstruse glut of antediluvian perorations, if the newspaper's profligacy of neologisms and shibboleths ever set off apoplectic paroxysms in you, if it all seems a bit recondite, here's a reason to be sanguine'; the English language has an insurmountable data of interesting words for its readers. Here's a list of interesting words in English that will help to improve your puzzle-solving techniques, vocabulary and so you can have productive things to do at home.

Interesting Words List

Agrestic: Someone who is rude, uncouth and uncultured.
Ubiquitous: Which seems everywhere or omnipresent.
Ecdysiast: A striptease artist.
Bailiwick: An area of interest, activity or authority.
Insinuation: A malicious implication.
Animadversion: A harsh critical remark.
Epistemology: Related to philosophy, which studies the science of how we know things.
Banal: Boring, rudimentary, something that is not original.
Godspeed: Success or fortune.
Schadenfreude: Sadistic pleasure derived from someone's misfortune.
Porphyrophobia: Fear of the color purple.
Senescence: Growing old or aging.
Euphony: Bearable or agreeable sound.
Quixotic: Extremely romantic and chivalrous.
Jocularity:Funny or joking speech; joking behavior
Mendacity: A pretense; a false appearance.
Obloquy: An oral or verbal abuse towards a person.
Ribaldry: Behavior inclining towards indelicacy.
Heebie-Jeebies: Nervous jitters.
Corpulent: Extremely fat.
Ennui: Boredom or joblessness.
Callipygian: Well toned buttocks.
Penultimate: Next to last.
Kakistocracy: Government chosen by the worst class of citizens.
Uxorious: Extremely submissive to one's wife.
Ichthyophagous: One that feeds on fish.
Hebetudinous: One who lacks mental stimulation, dull-minded, very lethargic.
Mammiferous: Having mammary glands.
Tatterdemalion: A shabbily dressed person.
Jejune: Nothing interesting; rudimentary.
Solipsism: It is a philosophical belief that only the self exists.
Hedonism: A belief that happiness is the only good thing in life.
Hiatus: A break; a pause.
Hispid: Coarse bristle like hair, especially of animals or plants.
Perspicacious: To have a very good judgment.
Condign: A well deserved punishment.
Deipnosophist: A person with excellent dinner table conversation skills.
Eleemosynary: Pertaining to charity.
Pareidolia: A psychological phenomenon, wherein a person has the notion of seeing faces of people in clouds, hearing hidden messages and other such unusual feelings.
Pleonasm: Use of redundant words.
Syzygy: Linear alignment of 3 celestial bodies (the sun, the moon and the earth).
Tmesis: Separating parts of a word by using another word.
Pilgarlic: A bald head.
Sesquipedalian: Using long words.
Sciolism: Superficial and pseudo knowledge.
Stegophilist: A person who climbs buildings for the sake of fun.

Lost Interesting Words

Acrasial: Short tempered or ill tempered.
Adimpleate: To fill up; to make something full.
Aeipathy: Continued love or passion for something or someone.
Bajulate: To take the burden of; bear the burden.
Boscaresque: A scenic woodland; picturesque.
Buccellation: The art of making small morsels.
Coakatively: Artificially.
Ecstasiate: To enter an ecstatic level.
Exipotic: A purgatorial process.
Fallaciloquence: A pretentious speech.
Foppotee: A simpleton.
Gnathonize: To flatter someone.
Graviloquence: A sad or grave speech.
Homerkin: An outdated measure for beer.
Ictuate: To put stress on; to emphasize.
Jobler: Someone who does petty jobs.
Kexy: Dry and brittle.
Lignicide: An ancient word for woodcutter.
Misqueme: To offend or displease.
Nepheliad: A sky nymph.
Obstrigillate: To resist; refuse; protest.
Phalerate: Decorated; made beautiful.
Quadrimular: A phenomenon lasting for four years.
Rhodologist: A person who studies and classifies roses.
Sacricolist: A devoted worshiper.
Tecnolatry: Act of idolizing children.
Vacivity: Hollow or emptiness.

Funny Interesting Words

How could a funny language not have a list of some interesting words. Here are some amusingly funny words.

Conundrum: A difficult problem or a situation.
Oxymoron: Contradictory terms.
Hubris: Overbearing pride.
Caveat: A warning; notice.
Kvetch: Complain constantly.
Capricious: Acting on whims; impulsive.
Facetious: Humorous; jocular.
Loquacious: Talkative; trivial conversation.
Anomaly: Abnormal; irregular.
Sycophant: A person who tries to gain an advantage by pleasing someone.

Why 'Y' Makes Interesting Words

The letter 'Y' is regarded as both a consonant and as vowel, depending on the pronunciation of the word. Here's a list of words wherein the letter plays the role of only a vowel. It is the interchangeable role of the letter that makes these words interesting.

By: Means of; with the help of; used while specifying dimensions.
Dry: The act of removing moisture.
Fly: Travel or move through air.
Fry: Cook in a hot pan with oil.
Gypsy: A nomad living the tribal way.
Hymn: A song of praise for the Lord.
Lymph: A bodily fluid.
Lynch: To kill or hurt without legal sanction.
Lynx: A wild cat with a short tail.
Myth: A baseless story.
My: Possessive pronoun used to show belonging of an object.
Ply: Give the desired or needed.
Pygmy: A small (height) person.
Pyx: A chest in which coins are kept.
Rhythm: A musical beat with regular intervals.
Shy: Short of; lacking confidence.
Sky: The outer space, appears blue in color when viewed from the earth's surface.
Spry: Moving swiftly.
Spy: To watch secretly.
Sylph: A graceful and slender young woman.
Try: Attempt.
Tryst: Date with opposite gender.
Wry: Sarcastic in a humorous way.

Longest Interesting Words

The English language has a list of longest words that make them a part of this list. A list of interesting especially the longest interesting words.

Floccinaucinihilipilification: To describe something worthless.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis: According to Oxford English Dictionary, a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs.'
Honorificabilitudinitatibus: This long word was coined by Shakespeare which means 'the state of being able to achieve honors'.
Antidisestablishmentarianism: This is the longest non-coined and non-technical English word which was found in 19th to oppose the 'disestablishment of the Church of England as the state church of England'.

Hope this article has helped you quench your thirst for interesting words. Every word in English language is interesting if it is used according to the rules of English grammar. Thus, making a list of interesting words would mean writing amusing words in the dictionary. Learn the above listed words one day at a time and try to use it in your day-to-day routine. Sure, this can be one of the most fun thing to do with friends when you are bored.



  1. What a great refresher. hahaha~~
    Thankfully, I know a few words in the lists. =)


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