I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she told me to change one of the widgets on my profile. That’s when it hit me: I love that word. It’s just so freckin’ funny! (I love the word ‘freckin’ too, btw…‘freckin…rhymes with ‘lickin’ in case you didn’t know) There are just some words that make me happy. I can be having an ‘Oh So Crappy Day’ but when these words pop up, especially in casual conversation, my day gets instantly better!
Since I’m always on the look out for things I can tuck away for those rainy days when I just need to smile, I thought to myself, “Self, wouldn’t it make a freckin’ cool blog (there’s that word again)if I took the funniest words I could think of and have it on one convenient list?”
So, I made some notes. I went to Starbucks and eavesdropped on casual conversations, jotting down funny words as they came up until a manager kicked me out. I got my hair cut twice in one day just so I could sit and listen to woman prattle on about nothing. (I love the word prattle, as well) I got some great words there!
I’ve already given you three: Widget, Freckin & Prattle. See, don’t you just feel happier?
My stylist used the word “Jiggle” twice as she was leaning over me to cut my sideburns. That went to the top of the list, but it’s probably the male part of my brain adding innuendos to words where none was intended. Kinda like Bosoms. Just find a way to use bosoms in casual conversation and I promise I will feel better.
Speaking of sex, I learned something while preparing for this blog and it became one of my favorite words: Roger. Yep, that’s right, Roger. Evidently it’s an English word for sex. (Or so this website said) Anyway, this made me really laugh when I thought of my Cartoon Sexual Fantasy: Jessica Rabbit. Now, everyone knows that the word Rabbit is stuffed with double meanings and innuendos. (so is stuffed, come to think of it) But, if Roger truly means sexual intercourse, than I’ll never be able to watch my favorite cartoon, Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the same way again.
Now, I write fantasy which is rooted in mythology and Medieval history. You can’t read much medieval literature before you will run across a peculiar word: Cuirass. What’s so funny about that, I hear you asking? Well, honestly I didn’t find it very funny myself until I heard it pronounced. You see, there are some words you can read a 100 times, and say it to yourself in a modest, morally upstanding way, like “Kur-ess.” Yep, that is a word I would use with my mother in the room. Evidently I was wrong, though. It’s pronounced “Queer-ass”
And that is just funny on so many levels, it starts to become disturbing.
Which brings me to words like Nosegay, Diphthong, and Scuttlebutt. All very gay words, but oh so funny!
My mom used to use words like Persnickety and Flabbergasted a lot, which always made me snicker. I remember one time she was telling me how “Flabbergasted she was at my awful behavior” and it took all the self control my 13 year old mind could muster up not to laugh with visions of my mom’s uncontrollable flatulence. Yep…flabbergasted is a doozy.
I like Quid Pro Quo too, but I’ve already talked about sex.
Pirates and little old Jewish ladies from Brooklyn have great words! Like Tookus. I’m glad my grandma wasn’t 4’8″ and wore spectacles on the end of her nose, talking about beating my tookus. As for pirates, I suppose it is a good thing I don’t live in 1723 of the coast of North Carolina either. I’d be walking the plank for sure as soon as Captain Dread told me that he didn’t care for my skullduggery.
“Ay, Captain, lets blast those scallywags to Smithereens!”
Yeah, I’d be locked up in the brig for disrespect for laughing at the captain for sure.
So, just to recap, save this date, March 9, 2011. When you are feeling pissed off at life, go to my blog, dig up this article out of the archives and say the following words out loud:
“Widget, Freckin, Prattle, Jiggle, Bosoms, Roger, Stuffed, Cuirass, Nosegay, Diphthong, Scuttlebutt, Persnickety, Flabbergasted, Snicker, Flatulence, Doozy, Quid Pro Que, Tookus, Skullduggery, Scallywags and Smithereens.”
See, don’t you feel better?
Now, it’s your turn. Help me add to my list!
UPDATE # 1
I already have a few additions my readers have given. Here are YOUR favorite words. Keep them coming! Flippin, Fiddlesticks, Gosh Dang It, Yonder, Gibberish, Heebie Jeebies, Paroxysm, Flaxen, Whirl, Evocative, Shimmy, Etherial, Twilight, Gloaming, “Little fog feet”, Wispy, Tawdry, Whoosh, Wiggins, Giggle-snort, Shiny, Thing-A-Ma-Bob, Squick, Humdinger, Doppelganger, Flibberdijibet, Gnosh, Gnome, Ineffable, Sassafrass and one who even likes Gobsmacked from my title.
I think I have confirmation that “Roger” is an old English word for sex as well as a few golden nuggets of vocabulary humor from my friends across the Big Pond: Yonks, Yanking, Buffing, Pootle, Chuffed, Toodle-pip, Toodle-oo, Tickety-tock, and Cheerio
UPDATE # 3
And two more international additions from my new friend ALIGEORGE: Twangling and Spurtle