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