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In this book you will find some of the most interesting words in the English language. How do we know we have the most interesting? They were chosen by Robert Beard, who has been making dictionaries, creating word lists, and writing poetry for 40 years. For five years he wrote the Word of the Day at yourDictionary.com and since 2004 he has written up over 3000 words in the series, "So, What's the Good Word?" here at alphaDictionary. December 10, 2019 the Good Word series will celebrate its 15th anniversary.
Dr. Beard's book is a collection of the most fascinating words in the English language, carefully researched and written up in small one-page essays designed to help increase the interest our conversations and our understanding of how and why we speak the ways we do. The book is the handbook for word-lovers for it contains an essay on what makes words interesting: its meaning, pronunciation peruliarities, and/ir history. It also explains how English is interrelated with other languages in the world and why so many of our most fascinating words are borrowed from them. The book is printed in large easy-to-read type, great for travel since you may start and stop on any page.



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The 100 Most Interesting Words in English
@The at-sign.
Ait A small island.
Alarum A realization of approaching danger.
Analphabetic Having no alphabet.
Anthropomorphism Attribution of human traits to things.
Anxious Nervously worried.
Apercu A bright idea.
Avocado A green fruit.
Bon Mot A witticism.
Bon Vivant Someone who enjoys the good life.
Bootleg A focal point of admiration.
Bootleg Illegally produced and sold.
Bourgeois Having crude, materialistic tastes.
Calendar A division of time.
Candidate An applicant for an office.
Canny Knowledgeable, judicious, prudent.
Cenacle An upstairs dining room.
Cocktail A mixed alcoholic drink.
Comedo A zit.
Commonization Making a proper noun common.
Commonweal General welfare.
Congeries A confused aggregation.
Connive To secretly plot.
Contumely Arrogant rudeness, contemptuous offensiveness.
Correption Chastisement, upbraiding.
Declivity A downward slope.
Denigrate To demean, belittle, abase.
Detritus Leftover debris.
Diddly-Squat Next to nothing.
Disappoint To let down.
Divagate To wander about, meander.
Drub To beat thoroughly.
Emetic Causing vomiting.
Fancy To take a liking for.
Firgun Unselfish delight in someone else.
Fishwife A coarse woman.
Fluke A flatfish.
Foist To palm off.
Frank Open, truthful.
Fuddle To confuse.
Gadabout A high-style wanderer.
Gainsay To disagree with, dispute.
Gallimaufry A hodgepodge, a salmagundi, a mishmash.
Gallivant To travel around showily.
Gloaming Dusk.
Gnarly Covered with gnarls.
Gobble To eat fast.
Gosh A euphemism for 'God'.
Hamburger Chopped or ground beef.
High-Falutin' Pompous, ostentatious.
Hilarious Screamingly funny.
Hobnob To associate with the elite.
Husbandry Judicious management of money.
Illeism The inappropriate use of third person pronouns.
Jack-O'-Lantern A pumpkin with a face.
Jaunty Sprightly, lively, cheerful.
Ketchup Tomato sauce.
Kowtow To show complete submission.
Lissome Slender and graceful.
Leprechaun An Irish elfin.
Limbo Not knowing what will happen next.
Liminal On the threshold.
Misogyny Hatred of women.
Mistletoe A parasitic plant that grows in trees.
Mogul A magnate.
Mojo Magical powers.
Nabob A prominent person.
Nauseous Triggering an urge to vomit.
Noisome Annoying.
Omphaloskepsis Navel gazing.
Onomastic The study of names.
Oomph Sex appeal.
Outre Outlandish, eccentric, bizarre.
Pandemonium Complete chaos.
Pizza A thin bread with tomato sauce.
Prairie-Dog To rubberneck over a cubicle wall.
Pronk To leap straight up.
Resolution A promise to change this year.
Rorulent Bejeweled with dew.
Scandal A spicy French stew.
Shanghai To kidnap.
Shemozzle A noisy row.
Shindig A big important party.
Smithereens Very tiny pieces.
Snuck Past tense of 'sneak'?
So-So Ordinary, neither good nor bad.
Spheristerium A ball park.
Succotash A dish of lima beans and corn.
Tenement An apartment building.
Thingamabob A thingamajig, doohickey, whatsit.
Tom Swifty A special pun with an adverb.
Toodle-Oo Good-bye.
Trichotillomania Pulling out you hair.
Tuxedo Men's formal eveningwear.
Ultracrepidarian Talking about something you know nothing about.
Vamoose Bug out, push off.
Varmint Obnoxious creature.
Vermiform Worm-like.
Vomitory Exit.
Whataboutism The equivalency ploy.
Winnow To separate the chaff from the grain.
Wordle A creative design composed of words.
Wreak To inflict.
Wrench To twist violently.
Yonder At a distance from the speaker.
Wreak To inflict.
Zeitgeist The spirit of the times.
Zeugma A special syntactic structure.
Zounds An interjection of great surprise.