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