Twelve Funny Words

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 7, 2009



The preceeding post about beautiful words had a couple of links. One was for beautiful words # 11-110. The other was for the 100 funniest words in english.

As you may have noticed, the list posted yesterday was not the ten most beautiful words in english. It was merely the first ten, in alphabetical order. The fact that number one rhymes with Detroit is a clue.

The second list….the 100 funniest words…. is also an a-z affair. The reality is that the last word is yahoo, and no z words made the cut.

PG decided to edit the list for the convenience of the reader. It occurred to him that perhaps this said more about PG than about the list…what words did he choose, and why?

Here is the list:

9 bloviate To speak pompously or brag.
23 crapulence Discomfort from eating or drinking too much.
24 crudivore An eater of raw food.
31 fatuous Unconsciously foolish.
32 fenestration Putting in windows.
39 fuddy-duddy An old-fashioned, mild-mannered person.
57 klutz An awkward, stupid person.
59 la-di-da A saying indicating that something is pretentious.
61 logorrhea Loquaciousness, talkativeness.
73 osculate To kiss.
83 rhinorrhea A runny nose. .
92 troglodyte Someone or something that lives in a cave.

This was going to be a bakers dozen, until a last minute review decided to pull “formication…The sense of ants crawling on your skin.” PG was slack about laundering some gym clothes once, and found out the literal meaning of “ants in your pants”. There was nothing funny about it.

Fenestration is better known to mystery fans as defenestration, or tossing a person out a window. A office worker who helps the boss throw someone out the window is a defenestrative assistant.

It seems to PG that comedy/funny prose is a matter of context, rather than individual funny words. Humor is also a matter of taste. Not being a female comedian, PG does not understand why it is so funny that men do not ask for directions.

If Don Rickels produced this list, hockey puck would be on it.

Spell check suggestions for this feature:
bloviate- obviate, alleviate, abbreviate, novitiate, deviated
crapulence- corpulence, opulence, fraudulence. truculence
crudivore- carnivore, divorcee, divorce, herbivore
fuddy duddy- ruddy, muddy, buddy, daddy
logorrhea- gonorrhea, pyorrhea, amenorrhea,seborrhea
rhinorrhea- gonorrhea, pyorrhea, amenorrhea,seborrhea



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  1. Handist And Offensive | Chamblee54 said, on February 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

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