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