Wordsmith – Bizarre English Words

English is a language with a huge vocabulary with many words that the average person is unaware exist. We’ve gathered here a few of the more unusual ones for you to test your wordpower (or ability to give a good guess) against. So see how you do by matching each of the, bizarre but real, words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

Vocabulary Ratings
15-14 correct …………………………… excellent
13-11 correct …………………………… good
10-9 correct …………………………… fair

(1) crambazzled adj A: exhausted after shopping. B: aged by drink. C: full after a big breakfast.

B: prematurely aged by drinking. “Keith Floyd looked crambazzled after a lifetime in the kitchen.” Yorkshire slang, 19th century.

(2) ostrobogulous adj A: bizarre. B:large-mouthed. C: crunchy.

A: bizarre. Derivation unknown.

(3) fornale {four-nali} v A: bake at low heat. B: kiss without enthusiasm. C: spend unearned money.

C: spend money before you’ve earned it “When the ship docked, the sailors fornaled two days before payday.” 15th-century English.

(4) cagg n A: miner' cough. B: climber's penknife. C: vow to stay sober.

C: solemn vow not to get drunk. 19th-century English military slang.

(5) macrology {mack-rol-ojee} n A; tedious and empty talk. B: long view. C: marine science.

A: tedious and empty talk.”The party was rich in macrology.” Greek macros (long) and logos (word).

(6) accidie {acid-ee} n A: stale white wine. B: apathy. C: spiteful gossip.

B: apathy.”His accidie deepened as he waited on Platform 8″ Latin accidia (listlessness).

(7) quidnunc n A: charming scrounger. B: corrupt priest. C: someone desperate for news.

C: someone desperate toknow what’s going on. Latin quid nunc (what now).

(8) dudgeon {dudj-un} n A: damp basement. B: belt buckle. C. resentful anger.

C: resentful anger. “He stormed off the X-Factor set in high dudgeon.” Old English (the wood used to make dagger hilts).

(9) deipnosophist {dayp-noh-sofhst} n A: sleepwalker. B: lightning conductor. C: dining companion.

C: brilliant dining companion. “The deipnosophist made up for the salmon mousse.” Greek dapnon (dinner) and sophos (wise).

(10) cachinnate {kak-in-ate} v A: shake uncontrollably. B: hoard money. C: laugh loudly.

C: laugh loudly. Latin cachinare (laugh loudly).

(11) dundrearies n A: side-whiskers. B: hidden rocks at sea. C: extreme terror.

A: long side-whiskers. Victorian English, from the character Lord Dundreary in the 1858 play Our American Cousin.

(12) godwottery {god-what-eree} n A: old-fashioned language. B: missionary's speech. C: Elizabethan maze.

A: pretentious use of old language. “Stephen Fry likes to mockgodwottery.” From the 19th-century English exclamation.”God wot”

(13) philtrum n A: poisonous powder. B: groove below the nose. C: sail cotton.

B: groove below the nose. “There was a thin moustache nestling on his philtrum. Latin philtrum.

(14) smidsy n A: soap dispenser. B: motorbike accident. C: love song.

B: a motorbike accident. “The greasy road surface led to a boom In smidsies.” 20th-century acronym-Sorry, Mate, I Didn’t See You.

(15) brendice {bren-diss} n A: toasting cup. B: French beer waitress. C: canal boat.

A: cup used to drink to another’s health. “We raised a brendice to absent friends” 17th-century English

Author: Robert

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