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