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