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