The Richness (and absurdity) of the English language

By Sophie Rieckmann


In this post (click on URL above to access) I have complied a small list of 10 unusual English words which have bizarre meanings. The reason? I’m not entirely sure myself, but perhaps it will put a smile on your face 🙂 I hope you enjoy this post!



  1. Richard Jackson

    Re; Mugwump
    I was told at school that because Mugwumps couldn’t make up their minds you could say that they were sitting on the fence with their mugs on one side and their wumps on the other .

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  2. Bob Genower

    A felicitous post. I knew “cachinnate” and “mugwump”, but all ten words are interesting and could be useful. I will certainly use “bloviate” and will try to find where “ylem” could be hiding…You might, incidentally, like a book called “I Never Knew There Was a Word for It”, by Adam Jacot de Boinod. The author is described as “a hunter of perfect and obscure bon mots — a true linguistic bowerbird (a person who collects an astonishing array of sometimes useless objects)”. Many thanks for this article by another true linguistic bowerbird.

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