25 Funny Words You Won’t Believe Are Actually In The Dictionary

They say that to be reasonably fluent in a language you only need to know about 2,000 words. In fact, those 2000 words will account for about 80% of everything you could ever hope to say. About 5,000 words constitute the active vocabulary of native speakers without a higher education and those with a higher education have an active vocabulary of maybe 10,000. In order to fully understand famous novels you’ll probably need a passive vocabulary (be able to recognize) around 20,000 words. The crazy part? English has about a quarter million words! That’s 250,000! To give you an idea of how much that is, those educated native speakers (the ones with an active vocabulary of 10,000 words) have a passive vocabulary of maybe 60,000 to 80,000 words. This means that even the smartest people among us would only recognize maybe one third of all the words in the English language. That means that there are probably several hundred thousand English words that you have never heard of in your entire life. So, whether you are super smart or not, these are 25 funny words that you won’t believe are actually in the dictionary!

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Widdershins

WiddershinsSource: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

This word basically means to move in a counter-clockwise direction.

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Pandiculation

PandiculationSource: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

You know how you wake up in the morning, stretch, and your muscles temporarily stiffen? Well this is the technical term for that ordeal.


23

Wabbit

WabbitSource: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

Coming from Scottish, to be wabbit is to be tired.

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Quire

QuireSource: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

One quire is 25 sheets of paper (formerly 24).


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Brouhaha

BrouhahaSource: wiktionary, Image: wikipedia

A brouhaha is a noisy or overexcited reaction or response to something.



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