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All writers love language. And we especially love fun words, don’t we? Some have funky spellings, tongue-twisting turns, a satisfying “ooh”…and some sound too hilarious to be true! So I’ve put together a list of favorite fun words that I’ll add to periodically. Have fun, lexicon lovers!

  1. adagio
  2. aficionado
  3. akimbo
  4. alfresco
  5. ambrosial
  6. anemone
  7. aplomb
  8. apoplectic
  9. appaloosa
  10. archipelago
  11. avuncular
  12. balderdash
  13. bamboozle
  14. barnstorming
  15. befuddled
  16. berserk
  17. boffo
  18. bombastic
  19. boondoggle
  20. bozo
  21. braggadocio
  22. brouhaha
  23. bucolic
  24. buffoon
  25. bulbous
  26. bumbledom
  27. bungalow
  28. cacophony
  29. cahoots
  30. candelabra
  31. canoodle
  32. cantankerous
  33. caterwaul
  34. catawampus
  35. chichi
  36. chimerical
  37. chimichanga
  38. claptrap
  39. clishmaclaver
  40. clodhopper
  41. cockatoo
  42. codswallop
  43. comeuppance
  44. conundrum
  45. convivial
  46. copacetic
  47. cornucopia
  48. cowabunga
  49. coxcomb
  50. crestfallen
  51. cuckolded
  52. curlicue
  53. demitasse
  54. denouement
  55. diaphanous
  56. digeridoo
  57. dilemma
  58. diphthong
  59. dirigible
  60. discombobulated
  61. dodecahedron
  62. doohickey (this is what I call a library due date card)
  63. doppelganger
  64. ebullient
  65. effervescence
  66. egads
  67. ephemeral
  68. extraterrestrial
  69. finagle
  70. fandango
  71. festooned
  72. fisticuffs
  73. flabbergasted
  74. flapdoodle
  75. flibbertigibbet
  76. flummoxed
  77. foofaraw
  78. fortuitous
  79. fracas
  80. frippery
  81. froufrou
  82. fussbudget
  83. gadzooks
  84. gallimaufry
  85. gewgaw
  86. gibberish
  87. gobbledygook
  88. gobsmacked
  89. gorgonzola
  90. gossamer
  91. grandiloquent
  92. guffaw
  93. haberdashery
  94. harumph
  95. highfalutin
  96. hijinks
  97. hippocampus
  98. hobbledehoy
  99. hodgepodge
  100. hogwash
  101. hooligan
  102. hootenanny
  103. hornswoggle
  104. hubbub
  105. hullabaloo
  106. humbug
  107. humdinger
  108. huzzah
  109. hyperbole
  110. idiosyncrasies
  111. indubitably
  112. interrobang
  113. jabberwocky
  114. jitney
  115. juggernaut
  116. juxtaposition
  117. kaleidoscope
  118. kerfuffle
  119. kerplunk
  120. kismet
  121. knickerbocker
  122. knickknack
  123. kumquat
  124. lackadaisical
  125. lambasted
  126. lampoon
  127. limburger
  128. logjam
  129. logorrhea
  130. lollapalooza
  131. lollygag
  132. lugubrious
  133. magnificent
  134. malapropism
  135. malarkey
  136. mayhem
  137. mellifluous
  138. menagerie
  139. miasma
  140. milquetoast
  141. misanthrope
  142. mishmash
  143. mojo (also a character in THE MONSTORE)
  144. mollycoddle
  145. mulligatawny
  146. nincompoop
  147. nomenclature
  148. onomatopoeia
  149. orotund
  150. oxymoron
  151. pachyderm
  152. palindrome
  153. panache
  154. pandemonium
  155. pantaloons
  156. parallelogram
  157. persimmon
  158. persnickety
  159. pettifogger
  160. phantasmagorical
  161. phylactery
  162. plethora
  163. pollywog
  164. pomposity
  165. poppycock
  166. portmanteau
  167. potpourri
  168. pusillanimous
  169. quixotic
  170. raconteur
  171. ragamuffin
  172. rapscallion
  173. razzmatazz
  174. rejigger
  175. rendezvous
  176. resplendent
  177. ricochet
  178. rigmarole
  179. riposte
  180. ruffian
  181. sabayon
  182. sassafras
  183. scalawag
  184. schadenfreude
  185. schlep
  186. scintillating
  187. scrofulous
  188. scrumdiddlyumptious (Dahlism)
  189. scuttlebutt
  190. serendipity
  191. shenanigans
  192. skedaddle
  193. skullduggery
  194. smorgasbord
  195. sojourn
  196. splendiferous
  197. squeegee
  198. squooshy
  199. staccato
  200. succotash
  201. supercilious
  202. superfluous
  203. Svengali
  204. swashbuckler
  205. swizzlestick
  206. synchronicity
  207. syzygy
  208. talisman
  209. taradiddle
  210. tchotchke
  211. telekinesis
  212. thingamabob
  213. thingamajig
  214. tomfoolery
  215. trapezoid
  216. usurp
  217. uvula
  218. verisimilitude
  219. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  220. vertigo
  221. verve
  222. vivacious
  223. vuvuzela
  224. wanderlust
  225. whippersnapper
  226. wigwam
  227. woebegone
  228. zaftig
  229. zeitgeist
  230. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  231. zephyr
  232. zeppelin
  233. zigzag