Can You Tell If These Funny Words Are Real or Made Up?
All of these words sound pretty silly, but only some of them are genuine, honest-to-goodness components of the English language. Can you figure out which ones?
Is this a real word?
Nope—you won't find "tupacase" in any dictionary.
What about "pronk"?
How about this one?
"Bumfuzzle" is a real word! It's a verb that means to confuse or fluster—similar to the equally funny, but better-known, "bamboozle." This is the reason some words sound funny in the first place.
Is this wacky word real?
"Taradiddle" is not, in fact, taradiddle! That's because this word means nonsense or bogus.
Would you find this one in a dictionary?
Bill Bouldin of the Del Rio News-Herald actually invented this one as a joke-word, a pun of "epiphany" and "not." In a perfect world, this "word" would mean an idea that the person who came up with it thinks is brilliant, or even an epiphany, when it is, in fact, not. Check out the full list of funny made up words we wish were real.