Real Words I Like
(Or, how to impress the uninitiated)

There are a bunch of words in the English language that I really like for many reasons, but particularly that they simply sound neat.  I have started this list for your enjoyment.  Please feel free to send me your favorite words by clicking here.  Please enclose the definition of such terms as you submit.   Please limit them to REAL words and not made up ones no matter how cool.  (I may do a page of the later sometime.)  Thanks to the members of the Gunsite Alumni Group, API@, and especially Jeff Tappan for suggesting many of these words.


Absquatulate - To flee.
Accouterments - accessories
Acerebal - without a brain.
Acnestis - the part of your body you can't reach to scratch.
Acrimonious - resentful and angry; full of or displaying anger and resentment.
Adulation - extravagant praise
Anomaly - irregularity; something that deviates from the norm or from expectations; peculiarity; something strange or difficult to identify or classify
Anosognosia -   The total unawareness of one's own disease, disability or defect.  (The mental condition of socialists?)
Arcane - secret or hidden
Asinine - failing to exercise intelligence or judgment; ridiculously below average rationality; Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of donkeys (or politicians?)
Autochthonous - indigenous, native to a place
Avaricious - characterized by greed
Beelzebub - the devil

Boondoggle - to carry out valueless work to give the impression that you are busy.
Brouhaha - a stir; a fuss or uproar
Cantankerous - ill tempered, quarrelsome
Castigate - to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism
Chutzpah - Yiddish word meaning gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, sheer guts plus arrogance
Conflagration- an immense fire
Concupiscence - strong sexual desire; lust
Cornucopia - an overflowing store, abundance
Crepuscular -
appearing or active at twilight
Curmudgeon - cantankerous old codger; surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered fellow

"The etymology of the word "curmudgeon" is obscure; in fact, unknown. But through frequent recent usage, the term is acquiring a broader meaning, which our dictionaries have not yet caught up to. Nowadays,  is likely to refer to anyone who hates hypocrisy, cant, sham, dogmatic ideologies, the pretenses and evasions of euphemism, and has the nerve to point out unpleasant facts and take the trouble to impale these sins on the skewer of humor and roast them over the fires of empiric fact, common sense, and native intelligence. In this nation of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, it then becomes an honor to be labeled "curmudgeon." via Edward Abbey (1927-1989), A Voice Crying In The Wilderness

Dastardly - despicably cowardly
Discombobulated - Very confused

Disingenuous - not straight forward, crafty
Dubbined - An application of  tallow or oil for dressing leather.
Dudgeon - A sullen, angry, or indignant humor
Egregious - negatively exceptional
Eleftheriaphobia -  fearful of freedom
Elucidate - to clarify
Ephemeral - lasting only briefly.
Eponymously - one for whom or which something is or is believed to be named
Eschew - to shun; to avoid
Esoteric - designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone
Esurient - hungry; greedy
Eumatic - the quality in a manually operated device whereby it is totally correlated to the human being who has to use it."
Exasperate - to irritate or make angry

Excoriate - to censure severely, or to strip skin from a person or animal
Exigency - an urgent need or demand 

Fandango -  party with dancing; often used in other ways, as in "a Colt fandango" for a shooting affray
Fatuous - obnoxiously stupid, vacantly silly, content in one's foolishness.
Feckless - weak, ineffective, worthless, irresponsible
Flummoxed - flabbergasted (itself just as good a word)

Fortnight - a unit of time equivalent to fourteen days
Fructify - to bear fruit or  to make fruitful or productive
Funereal - gloomy; very slow; solemn; mournful or dismal.
Harridan - a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew
Heterodox
- holding unorthodox opinions
Hornswoggle - to deceive or trick

Inimitable - defying imagination, matchless
Insidious - harmful but enticing, seductive
Irascible - quickly aroused to anger
Invidious - tending to cause animosity or envy

Jejune - lacking nutritive value or devoid of significance or interest dull , or juvenile,
Kakistocracy - government run by the worst element of a society 
Kerfuffle - a disorderly outburst or tumult
Lapalissian
- meaning something evident, obvious, clear to anyone
Lassitude - lack of vitality or energy
Lugubrious - excessively mournful
Lumpen - a member of the crude and uneducated lowest class of society
Lustrum - a period of 5 years.
Luthier - a maker of stringed instruments, as violins

Nefarious - extremely wicked or infamous
Mercantile - A general store
Misology - The fear or distrust of reason or logic.
Mollycoddle - To treat with an absurd amount of attention.

Niggardly - stingy, scanty  (for the upset, politically correct folks, the word derives from nigard, of Scandinavian origin)
Nihilarian -
somebody who engages in useless work
Obfuscate - to confuse with the purpose of deceiving
Obsequious - a smooth, toadying sycophant
Opprobrium - reproach mingled with contempt
Oxymoron - a combination of contradictory or incongruous words
Pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.

Pavane - a stately court dance by couples that was introduced from southern Europe into England in the 16th century
Pedantic - obsessed with minor details and rules, or with academic learning
Penury - extreme poverty
Peregrination - a traveling from place to place
Perfidious
- treacherous
Pestiferous - bearing or bringing disease;  infected with or contaminated by a pestilential disease
Pestilential -
plague causing
Plethora - superabundance
Pleonasm -  the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy.
Poltroon - an abject coward.
Provenance (also provenience) -  the place of origin of something or  the source and ownership history of a work of art or literature, or of an archaeological find
Pulchritudinous (derived from the noun Pulchritude) used of persons only; having great physical beauty.

Pusillanimous - lacking in courage and resolution; contemptibly fearful; cowardly.
Quotidian - commonplace, reoccurring
Rapacious - greedy, ravenous, or taking by force, plundering
Sagacious - possessing or showing sound judgment and keen perception.
Sanctimonious - hypocritically pious.

Salubrious - favorable to health or well being
Scalawag - 
a white Southerner acting in support of the reconstruction governments after the American Civil War often for private gain.  A reprobate.
Serendipity
- the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely
Surreptitious - sneaky, stealthy, having the ability to creep up on someone undetected. 
Skullduggery - devious, dishonest, or unscrupulous behavior or activity
Slake - satisfy, quench
Smarmy - revealing or marked by a smug, ingratiating, or false earnestness or of low sleazy taste or quality 
Specious - having a false look of truth or genuineness
Sophomania - a delusional state in which the suffer believes that they are of exceptional intelligence
Syzygy - the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system 
Tintinnabulation - " the ringing or sounding of bells 
Ubiquitous - seeming to be everywhere at the same time, omnipresent
Ucalegon - one of the Elders of Troy, whose house was set on fire by the Achaeans when they sacked the city. Now, a neighbor whose house is on fire
Uxorious - excessively or irrationally submissive or devoted to one's wife
Vacuous - emptied of or lacking content, 2marked by lack of ideas or intelligence
Verbose - given to using an excess amount of unnecessary words. It could also be a synonym for long-winded

Verisimilitude - the quality of seeming to be true


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Updated 2015-06-19