A Few Fun Words to Play With

Snickerdoodles and Chocolate Chips

Snickerdoodles and Chocolate Chips (Photo credit: jeffsmallwood)

In all my reading I often run across some new word that catches me unaware. I used to write the word down and look it up later. Now that I listen to books, instead of reading the hard copy version, it’s trickier to catch the unfamiliar word. It’s not as easy to stop and reread the word, or capture it for later look ups. So I haven’t been picking up new ones as well as I’d like.

I do have a few lists around with words I’ve found over the years. Some of them are “old-fashioned” words that are seldom heard, but ought to be used more. Some are nonsense words like those often created delights hidden in the writings of  Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein or Lewis Carroll.

This short list isn’t so much new words as it’s words I like the sound of. The way they bounce off your tongue, or imitate the thing that they are makes them especially appealing. Sometimes it’s a word I’ve heard often enough but was uncertain of the definition.

They’re easier to appreciate if you say them out loud.

Humdinger –  somebody or something exceptional

Snog – to kiss (doesn’t sound all that wonderful, does it?)

Snickerdoodle – a crisp cookie with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top

Scooch – moving a small amount or distance

Smooch – kiss (this version sounds much more inviting)

Diddle – to cheat, swindle or hoax “hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon, the little dog laughed to see such a sight and the dish ran away with the spoon.”

Dillydally – to waste time by loitering or procrastinating

Chortle – a breathy, gleeful laugh

Scrumptious – splendid and delectable, like a snicker doodle

Bumptious – noisily self-assertive

Do you have any favorite words? How about a new word you’ve heard recently? Please share if you do!

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7 thoughts on “A Few Fun Words to Play With

  1. Leanne

    SHINDIG 😀

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  2. Kettie

    Two that are memorable to me because I was positive they had to be typos:

    eleemosynary – of or pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donations

    irrupt – to manifest violent activity or emotion, as a group of persons

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    • Both great words. I’m going to have to see if I can sneak them into my sentences this week. Could be tricky. We’ll see.

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  3. Abibliophobia – The fear of running out of reading material.
    Smellfungus – A perpetual pessimist
    Pratfall – A fall on one’s rear.

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    • Great words! I’m so glad to know there’s a word for that panicky feeling I get when I’m almost done reading a book and don’t know what I’m going to read next. Abibiliophobia. Trips across your tongue like a virus. Nice! Looking forward to reading your blog. What I saw so far was powerful and compelling.

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      • Thanks so much. The word describes me perfectly especially when I almost finished reading a series, then the last few pages can take me weeks.

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