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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. jargogle
  115. jitney
  116. juggernaut
  117. juxtaposition
  118. kaleidoscope
  119. kerfuffle
  120. kerplunk
  121. kismet
  122. knickerbocker
  123. knickknack
  124. kumquat
  125. lackadaisical
  126. lambasted
  127. lampoon
  128. limburger
  129. logjam
  130. logorrhea
  131. lollapalooza
  132. lollygag
  133. lugubrious
  134. magnificent
  135. malapropism
  136. malarkey
  137. mayhem
  138. mellifluous
  139. menagerie
  140. miasma
  141. milquetoast
  142. misanthrope
  143. mishmash
  144. mojo (also a character in THE MONSTORE)
  145. mollycoddle
  146. mulligatawny
  147. nincompoop
  148. nomenclature
  149. onomatopoeia
  150. orotund
  151. oxymoron
  152. pachyderm
  153. palindrome
  154. panache
  155. pandemonium
  156. pantaloons
  157. parallelogram
  158. persimmon
  159. persnickety
  160. pettifogger
  161. phantasmagorical
  162. phylactery
  163. plethora
  164. pollywog
  165. pomposity
  166. poppycock
  167. portmanteau
  168. potpourri
  169. pusillanimous
  170. quixotic
  171. raconteur
  172. ragamuffin
  173. rapscallion
  174. razzmatazz
  175. rejigger
  176. rendezvous
  177. resplendent
  178. ricochet
  179. rigmarole
  180. riposte
  181. ruffian
  182. sabayon
  183. sassafras
  184. scalawag
  185. schadenfreude
  186. schlep
  187. scintillating
  188. scrofulous
  189. scrumdiddlyumptious (Dahlism)
  190. scuttlebutt
  191. serendipity
  192. shenanigans
  193. skedaddle
  194. skullduggery
  195. smorgasbord
  196. sojourn
  197. splendiferous
  198. squeegee
  199. squooshy
  200. staccato
  201. succotash
  202. supercilious
  203. superfluous
  204. Svengali
  205. swashbuckler
  206. swizzlestick
  207. synchronicity
  208. syzygy
  209. talisman
  210. taradiddle
  211. tchotchke
  212. telekinesis
  213. thingamabob
  214. thingamajig
  215. tomfoolery
  216. trapezoid
  217. usurp
  218. uvula
  219. verisimilitude
  220. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  221. vertigo
  222. verve
  223. vivacious
  224. vuvuzela
  225. wanderlust
  226. whippersnapper
  227. wigwam
  228. woebegone
  229. zaftig
  230. zeitgeist
  231. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  232. zephyr
  233. zeppelin
  234. zigzag