Top 10 most unusual words in the English language

29 avr. 2022

The English language has quite a few unique words and unusual idioms.

Since Today is International English language Day, let’s discover some of the weirdest words that you probably would never see in your English class.

What are 10 unusual words?

  • Erinaceous: This one is an adjective describing someone or something that is like or relates to the hedgehog.


  • Impignorate: Believe it or not, this is an actual word in British English. It is a verb meaning to pledge or mortgage.


  •  Ulotrichous : This one is an adjective that might be used as a fancy way to describe belonging to a group of people with wooly or crispy curly hair. This word originated with Greeks in the 19th century.


  • Kakorrhaphiophobia: Many times, the thought of fear itself is greater than what it is we fear. However, if you have this phobia which is the fear of failure, you better not get this word in a spelling contest.


Unusual words

  • Eccedentesiast: this one is sad to admit, however, we all did at least once in our lifetime. It means fake smiling or hiding pain with a smile.


  • Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis: Yes, this is not a joke. This one is the longest word in the English language. It has 30 letters, and it refers to a rare lung disease caused by inhaling a very fine silicate or quartz dust.


  • Gobbledygook: this is an informal noun referring to complicated language that is difficult to understand, especially when used in official documents


  • Lackadaisical: An adjective describing someone we all have or at least had in our life who doesn’t show enough care or enthusiasm for anything.


  • Nicknackatory: If you want to convince your kids to stop buying toys, tell them that toy shops are actually called nicknackatory. This word originates from the 18th century.


  • Agathokakological: An adjective describing something composed of both good and evil.


Don’t be lackadaisical, to learn new English words, so you don’t speak Gobbledygook!

Learning the language will help you communicate and express your feelings in order to stop being an eccedentesiast.