https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

Funny words

Are there words that always make you laugh? I love the English language and one of its charms is the fact that some of its words are just misleading. :) If someone is haphazard, no one is probably at hazard.

Canoodle has nothing to do with noodles.

I wonder why hogwash is such a big deal for English-speakers. Let pigs be pigs.

Sandwich is apparently named after some Lord or another but it still sounds like this:

And do not let me even get started on bumfuzzle and crackpot.

Are there words that crack you up every time? Either in English or some other language. I live in Hell-sinki by the way. :)

Thank you for making Duolingo a great place! :)

June 12, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Friskly-Piffly

It's not really funny, but I really like the word "piffle." It means 'nonsense', and I do believe its origins were in Old English- but don't quote me on that! Maybe it's just how it sounds that's so appealing?

June 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/idkhbtfm

My favorite is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanconiosis, the longest word in the English language, and is 45 letters long. But, there's also floccinaucinihilipilification and antidisestablishmentarianism. For some reason my 3rd grade teacher gave me and my friend (the two best spellers in the class) those three words to learn. We got one week to learn them and that was what our spelling test was on. We both got 100%! I still know how to spell pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanconiosis and antidisestablishmentarianism.

June 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Crazzzzzzy

Wow, what does those words mean?

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Quizzical

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanconiosis - an obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust, sometimes cited as one of the longest words in the English language.

floccinaucinihilipilification - the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainly as an example of one of the longest words in the English language)

antidisestablishmentarianism - opposition to the withdrawal of state support or recognition from an established church, especially the Anglican Church in 19th-century England.

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WendyMueller

Interesting: What a coincidence! I work at a school, and just yesterday the principal was showing me these very words, which he had introduced to his class.

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

'Hap' means chance (c.f. 'mayhap'), so 'haphazard' literally means 'the risk [hazard] of chance', or, adjectivally, 'characterised by the risk of chance'.

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

A-ha! Thank you! That makes sense. :)

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sfcastro1977

I am a high school English as a Second Language teacher. When I teach English, I like to teach words that sound silly because my students never forget them. Words like "wishy-washy" and "powwow" make my students laugh.

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Quizzical

Contronyms are interesting. They are words that are the opposite of themself.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57032/25-words-are-their-own-opposites

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fire-ergens

Funny thing. there's a town in England called Sandwich.

June 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

Where do you think (Earl of) sandwich got its name from?

June 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SeptimusBones

Uuh, uuh, HUMBUG! Cracks me up every time and I don't know why. Don't know why the bug's humming either...

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

I like the fact that flammable and inflammable mean the same thing.

Also your Highway to Hell-sinki picture makes me think of this:

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WendyMueller

a SNOLLYGOSTER: a shrewd and unprincipled person!

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miniummanee

It's not English, but the word lapátló can have two different meanings in Hungarian: a square's diagonal: lap=face in this context, átló=diagonal. Or shovel horse : lapát=shovel, ló=horse. You can imagine the geometry lessons in Hungary.

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WendyMueller

or . . . HUMDUDGEON - an imaginary illness!!

June 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Quizzical

Animals

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

Not to mention the mountain beaver (not a beaver, doesn't live in the mountains), the mouse deer (neither a mouse nor a deer; also called the 'chevrotain', meaning 'little goat', which it also isn't), the vampire squid (not a squid; feeds on marine snow), the wind scorpion or camel spider (neither a spider nor a scorpion and has nothing to do with camels), the blind worm (not a worm, can see)...

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

Wow, friendzoned by a fake toad.

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Quizzical

To insert an image It is this code ![]() in the parentheses/curved brackets is where the image link goes.

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A-Bender

June 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A_Sesquipedalian

Not to mention the naked mole rat.

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