Boy, the English language is pretty interesting! There is always a logic to how a word has been formed but some words are just plain bizarre and I wonder who uses! I am giving below some words that, I guarantee, are going to give you a real headache! If you manage to use any of them in your written and verbal communication, do give me a shout – I may just send you a gift!
* Sesquipedalian: A long word; a person who uses long words.
* Impignorate: To pledge or pawn.
* Kakorrhaphiophobia: The fear of failure.
* Scurryfunge: A quick, hasty tidying up of your house between the time you see a neighbour and the time that person knocks.
* Prestidigitation: Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
* Rastaquouere: A social climber.
* Selcouth: Strange, unusual, rare; unfamiliar; marvellous, wondrous.
* Crytoscopophilia: The urge to look through people’s windows as you pass by their houses.
* Quattuordecillion: A cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 45 zeroes and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 84 zeroes.
* Raillery: Good-humoured banter or teasing.
* Pulchritudinous: Having great physical beauty and appeal.
* Tintinnabulation: The ringing of bells; a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells.
* Defenestrate: To throw out of a window.
* Finnimbrun: A trinket or knick-knack.
* Scopperloit: Rude or rough play.
* Floccinaucinihilipilification: The action or habit of estimating something as worthless.
* Discombobulate: To upset or confuse.
* Inaniloquent: Tending to speak inanely; garrulous.
* Gymnophoria: The sensation that someone is mentally undressing you.
* Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: The fear of long words.