Top 20 Strange English Words 5

Here are 20 strange English words which are used once in a blue moon. following words are know as the top 20 English strange words because of both difficult spelling and usage.

(Thanks to the Listverse.com)

1. Erinaceous

Like a hedgehog

2. Lamprophony

Loudness and clarity of voice

3. Depone

To testify under oath

4. Finnimbrun

A trinket or knick-knack

5. floccinaucinihilipilification

Estimation that something is valueless. Proper pronunciation based on Latin roots: flockə-nowsə-nəkələ-pələ-fək-ation

6. Inaniloquent

Pertaining to idle talk

7. Limerance

An attempt at a scientific study into the nature of romantic love.

8. Mesonoxian

Pertaining to midnight

9. Mungo

A dumpster diver – one who extracts valuable things from trash

10. Nihilarian

A person who deals with things lacking importance (pronounce the ‘h’ like a ‘k’).

11. Nudiustertian

The day before yesterday

12. Phenakism

Deception or trickery

13. Pronk

A weak or foolish person

14. Pulveratricious

Covered with dust

15. Rastaquouere

A social climber

16. Scopperloit

Rude or rough play

17. Selcouth

Unfamiliar, rare, strange, marvelous, wonderful. For example: The List Universe is such a selcouth website!

18. Tyrotoxism

To be poisoned by cheese

19. Widdiful

Someone who deserves to be hanged

20. Zabernism

The abuse of military power or authority. I wonder how long it will take for this one to show up in the comments.

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5 thoughts on “Top 20 Strange English Words

  1. Juan C May 15,2009 4:00 pm

    most of those word definitions are compicated than the own word, but coolll

  2. Lucas Dec 16,2009 11:13 am

    Nice job ripping off listverse. Why don’t you give due credit.

  3. Joan Mar 28,2010 2:01 am

    17. Selcouth

    Unfamiliar, rare, strange, marvelous, wonderful. For example: The List Universe is such a selcouth website!

    Nice ripoff

  4. John Bano May 16,2013 1:17 pm

    do the strange words apply for writing and speaking in formal and informal one?
    wish to learn!

    kind regards

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