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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. abecedarian
  2. abracadabra
  3. adagio
  4. aficionado
  5. agita
  6. agog
  7. akimbo
  8. alfresco
  9. aloof
  10. ambrosial
  11. amok
  12. ampersand
  13. anemone
  14. antimacassar
  15. aplomb
  16. apoplectic
  17. appaloosa
  18. archipelago
  19. atingle
  20. avuncular
  21. azure
  22. balderdash
  23. bafflegab
  24. bamboozle
  25. bandwagon
  26. barnstorming
  27. beanpole
  28. bedlam
  29. befuddled
  30. berserk
  31. bigmouth
  32. bippy
  33. blabbermouth
  34. blatherskite
  35. blob
  36. blockhead
  37. blowhard
  38. blubbering
  39. bluestockings
  40. blowback
  41. boing
  42. boffo
  43. bombastic
  44. bonanza
  45. bonkers
  46. boondocks
  47. boondoggle
  48. bozo
  49. braggadocio
  50. brannigan
  51. breakneck
  52. brouhaha
  53. bucolic
  54. buffoon
  55. bulbous
  56. bumbledom
  57. bumfuzzle
  58. bumpkin
  59. bungalow
  60. bunkum
  61. bupkis
  62. busybody
  63. cacophony
  64. cahoots
  65. calliope
  66. candelabra
  67. canoodle
  68. cantankerous
  69. catamaran
  70. catawampus
  71. caterwaul
  72. chatterbox
  73. chichi
  74. chimerical
  75. chimichanga
  76. chitchat
  77. claptrap
  78. clishmaclaver
  79. clodhopper
  80. cockamamie
  81. cockatoo
  82. codswallop
  83. collywobbles
  84. colossus
  85. comeuppance
  86. concoction
  87. conundrum
  88. convivial
  89. copacetic
  90. cornucopia
  91. cowabunga
  92. coxcomb
  93. crackerjack
  94. crescendo
  95. crestfallen
  96. cuckoo
  97. curlicue
  98. curmudgeon
  99. demitasse
  100. denouement
  101. desperado
  102. diaphanous
  103. diddly-squat
  104. digeridoo
  105. dilemma
  106. dillydally
  107. dimwit
  108. diphthong
  109. dirigible
  110. discombobulated
  111. dodecahedron
  112. donnybrook
  113. doodad
  114. doohickey (this is what I call a library due date card)
  115. doppelganger
  116. dumbfounded
  117. dumbwaiter
  118. earwig
  119. ebullient
  120. effervescence
  121. egads
  122. eggcorn
  123. egghead
  124. ephemeral
  125. extraterrestrial
  126. finagle
  127. fandango
  128. festooned
  129. fez
  130. fiasco
  131. fiddle-footed
  132. fiddlesticks
  133. finicky
  134. firebrand
  135. fishwife
  136. fisticuffs
  137. flabbergasted
  138. flapdoodle
  139. flibbertigibbet
  140. flimflam
  141. flophouse
  142. flotsam
  143. flummery
  144. flummoxed
  145. flyaway
  146. flyspeck
  147. foofaraw
  148. foolhardy
  149. foolscap
  150. footloose
  151. fopdoodle
  152. fortuitous
  153. fracas
  154. frangipani
  155. freewheeling
  156. fricassee
  157. frippery
  158. frogman
  159. froufrou
  160. fussbudget
  161. futz
  162. gadfly
  163. gadzooks
  164. gallimaufry
  165. gangplank
  166. gangway
  167. gargoyle
  168. gasbag
  169. gazebo
  170. gazpacho
  171. gewgaw
  172. genteel
  173. ghostwriter
  174. gibberish
  175. gimcrack
  176. glabella
  177. globetrotter
  178. gobbledygook
  179. gobsmacked
  180. goosebump
  181. gooseflesh
  182. gorgonzola
  183. gossamer
  184. grandiloquent
  185. greenhorn
  186. guffaw
  187. gumshoe
  188. guru
  189. gussied
  190. guttersnipe
  191. haberdashery
  192. haboob
  193. hairpin
  194. halcyon
  195. halfwit
  196. hambone
  197. hangdog
  198. haphazard
  199. harebrained
  200. harumph
  201. harum-scarum
  202. headlong
  203. heartstrings
  204. heebie-jeebie
  205. heirloom
  206. helter-skelter
  207. hemidemisemiquaver
  208. heyday
  209. higgledy-piggledy
  210. highfalutin
  211. hijinks
  212. hillbilly
  213. hippocampus
  214. hobbledehoy
  215. hobnobbed
  216. hocus-pocus
  217. hodgepodge
  218. hogwash
  219. hokum
  220. hoodwink
  221. hooey
  222. hooligan
  223. hoopla
  224. hootenanny
  225. hornswoggle
  226. horsefeathers
  227. hotbed
  228. hotfoot
  229. hothead
  230. hubbub
  231. hullabaloo
  232. humbug
  233. humdinger
  234. humdrum
  235. hunky-dory
  236. hushpuppy
  237. huzzah
  238. hyperbole
  239. idiosyncrasies
  240. igloo
  241. indubitably
  242. interrobang
  243. ironclad
  244. jabberwocky
  245. jacuzzi
  246. jalopy
  247. jamboree
  248. jargogle
  249. jawbreaker
  250. jetsam
  251. jibber-jabber
  252. jitney
  253. jubilee
  254. juggernaut
  255. jujubes
  256. juxtaposition
  257. kaleidoscope
  258. kaput
  259. kerfuffle
  260. kerplunk
  261. kibosh
  262. killjoy
  263. kismet
  264. knickerbocker
  265. knickknack
  266. kowtow
  267. kumquat
  268. kvetch
  269. lackadaisical
  270. lagoon
  271. lambasted
  272. lampoon
  273. landlubber
  274. laughingstock
  275. limburger
  276. lingo
  277. loco
  278. loggerhead
  279. logjam
  280. logophile
  281. logorrhea
  282. lollapalooza
  283. lollygag
  284. loofah
  285. loony
  286. loophole
  287. lugubrious
  288. lummox
  289. machinations
  290. madcap
  291. maelstrom
  292. magnificent
  293. majordomo
  294. malapropism
  295. malarkey
  296. manifesto
  297. mastermind
  298. mayhem
  299. mealymouthed
  300. mellifluous
  301. menagerie
  302. miasma
  303. milquetoast
  304. misanthrope
  305. mishmash
  306. moocher
  307. mojo (also a character in THE MONSTORE)
  308. mollycoddle
  309. mondegreen
  310. moniker
  311. monkeyshines
  312. monsoon
  313. mnemonic
  314. moonstruck
  315. muckety-muck
  316. mudpuppy
  317. mudslinger
  318. muffuletta
  319. mufti
  320. mulligatawny
  321. mumbo-jumbo
  322. murmuration
  323. muumuu
  324. nincompoop
  325. nitwit
  326. nomenclature
  327. noodge
  328. nudnik
  329. numbskull
  330. onomatopoeia
  331. oomph
  332. orotund
  333. outfox
  334. outlandish
  335. oxymoron
  336. pachyderm
  337. pagoda
  338. palindrome
  339. palomino
  340. panache
  341. pandemonium
  342. pantaloons
  343. papyrus
  344. parabola
  345. parallelogram
  346. parapet
  347. pedagogue
  348. peewee
  349. pell-mell
  350. persimmon
  351. persnickety
  352. pettifogger
  353. phalanx
  354. phantasmagorical
  355. phylactery
  356. piffle
  357. pizzazz
  358. plethora
  359. pogo
  360. pogonip
  361. pollex
  362. pollywog
  363. poltroon
  364. pomposity
  365. poppycock
  366. portmanteau
  367. potpourri
  368. pseudonym
  369. pulchritudinous
  370. pusillanimous
  371. pussyfoot
  372. quibble
  373. quicksilver
  374. quicksticks
  375. quiddle
  376. quinzee
  377. quirky
  378. quixotic
  379. quizzity
  380. rabble-rouser
  381. raconteur
  382. rainmaker
  383. ragamuffin
  384. ragtag
  385. ransack
  386. rapscallion
  387. razzmatazz
  388. rejigger
  389. rendezvous
  390. resplendent
  391. rickrack
  392. ricochet
  393. rigmarole
  394. riposte
  395. roundabout
  396. roustabout
  397. ruckus
  398. ruffian
  399. rumpus
  400. sabayon
  401. sashay
  402. sassafras
  403. scalawag (also scallywag)
  404. scatterbrain
  405. schadenfreude
  406. schlep
  407. schluffy
  408. schmooze
  409. schmutz
  410. scintillating
  411. scrofulous
  412. scrumdiddlyumptious (Dahlism)
  413. scuttlebutt
  414. serendipity
  415. sesquipedalian
  416. shabang
  417. shenanigans
  418. skedaddle
  419. skullduggery
  420. slapdash
  421. slapstick
  422. slipshod
  423. smithereens
  424. smorgasbord
  425. sobriquet
  426. sojourn
  427. spellbind
  428. splendiferous
  429. squeegee
  430. squooshy
  431. staccato
  432. stupefaction
  433. succotash
  434. supercilious
  435. superfluous
  436. Svengali
  437. swashbuckler
  438. swizzlestick
  439. synchronicity
  440. syzygy
  441. talisman
  442. taradiddle
  443. tchotchke
  444. teepee
  445. telekinesis
  446. thingamabob
  447. thingamajig
  448. thunderstruck
  449. tidbit
  450. tintinnabulation
  451. toadstool
  452. toady
  453. tomfoolery
  454. tommyrot
  455. topsy-turvy
  456. trapezoid
  457. tub-thumper
  458. tumultuous
  459. typhoon
  460. ululation
  461. umlaut
  462. umpteen
  463. usurp
  464. uvula
  465. vamoose
  466. verisimilitude
  467. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  468. vertigo
  469. verve
  470. vivacious
  471. vuvuzela
  472. wallflower
  473. wanderlust
  474. whatchamacallit
  475. whatsis
  476. whippersnapper
  477. whirligig
  478. whirlybird
  479. whodunit
  480. whoop
  481. widget
  482. wigout
  483. wigwam
  484. willy-nilly
  485. windbag
  486. wiseacre
  487. wisecrack
  488. wisenheimer
  489. wishy-washy
  490. woebegone
  491. wonky
  492. woozy
  493. wuthering
  494. xylophone
  495. yahoo
  496. yellow-belly
  497. yokel
  498. yo-yo
  499. zaftig
  500. zeitgeist
  501. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  502. zephyr
  503. zeppelin
  504. ziggurat
  505. zigzag
  506. zoom
  507. zydeco