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9 Funny Words to Improve Your Vocabulary

Before there was "swag" there was "Quagswag," and the world was a better place for it. Learn these nine old-timey funny words and never be labeled a hoddypeak again!

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Twitter-Light


Noun: twilight. Last popular in the 17th century. Also add these uncommon English words that we don’t use—but really should!—into your lexicon.

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Quagswag


Verb: the act of shaking to and fro. An old British word. Does “swag” ring a bell? These funny words were added to the dictionary this decade

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Illecebrous


Adjective: alluring, enticing, or attractive. From a Latin word meaning “to entice.” Love learning new words? Check out these ways you can improve your vocabulary in just one day.

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Hoddypeak


Noun: A fool, simpleton, or blockhead.

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Brannigan


Noun: a drinking bout, spree, or binge. Popular in the 1920s. There’s plenty more where that came from: These 25 words will also make you instantly funnier.

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Perissology


Noun: the use of superfluous verbiage (a.k.a. the act of not shutting up.) Greek. 

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Yemeles


Adjective: careless, heedless, or negligent. Characteristic of one who does not take yeme (care.) Start using these 10 almost-extinct words before they’re gone for good!

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Aglifft


Adjective: frightened or alarmed.

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Widdendream


Noun: a state of mental disturbance or confusion. Scottish. For some more vocabulary boosters, check out these old-fashioned words that make you sound smart.