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The Weirdest Words to Learn English Language from A to Z

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Bagpipe: Weirdest Words to Learn English Language

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Anyone wants to embrace funny moments from time to time especially from a very serious and head-cracking job or study. As to the people who learn English language, they would want to “take a break” for a while from the seriousness of learning the language and go for the “funny ones” a moment or two.

That’s why we have here 26 weird—or should we say the weirdest words in English from A to Z. These are not necessarily correct English words as far as dictionaries are concerned. Remember: you only want to have fun here!

Agastopia – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

Bibble – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

Cabotage – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders

Doodle sack – old English word for bagpipe

Erinaceous – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

Firman – in Turkey and some other Oriental countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign

Gabelle – a tax on salt

Halfpace – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight

Impignorate   – to pawn or mortgage something

Jentacular – pertaining to breakfast

Kakorrhaphiophobia – fear of failure

Lamprophony – loudness and clarity of enunciation

Macrosmatic – having a good sense of smell

Nudiustertian – the day before yesterday

Oxter – outdated word meaning “armpit”

Pauciloquent – uttering few words; brief in speech

Quire – two dozen sheets of paper

Ratoon – small shoot growing from the root of a plant

Salopettes – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

Tittynope – a small quantity of something left over

Ulotrichous – having wooly or crispy hair

Valetudinarian- sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health

Winklepicker – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe

Xertz – to gulp down quickly and greedily

Yarborough – hand of cards containing no card above a nine

Zoanthropy – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

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