Top Ten [Wednesday]: Top Ten UNSURPASSED Words in the English Language

If you know me, you know that I enjoy using big words. Sometimes, I can act kind of ditsy. So it’s nice to shock people every once in a while by using outstanding words.

This is a list of my top 10 favorite words in the English language.

10. Atrocious

Definition: shockingly bad or tasteless; dreadful; abominable

These days, everything is atrocious. The cafeteria food? Atrocious. That boring class? Atrocious. The weather? Atrocious. The time the air conditioning man started talking to me about breastfeeding? Atrocious. I think you get the point.

It’s actually an atrocity, the amount of times I say atrocious in one day.

9. Ooze

Definition: to flow, percolate, or exude slowly, as through holes or small openings

What a sick-nasty word. In my 21 years on Earth, I have learned that a vast majority of the population does not like the word  ooze. Which means that I L-O-V-E to use it.

Think about this sentence: “The wound was oozing puss.” It’s perfect.

8. Brouhaha/Kerfuffle

Brouhaha Definition: an episode involving excitement, confusion, turmoil, etc. 

Kerfuffle Definition: commotion; disorder; agitation

Wow, what fun words. My problem is usually deciding which one to use, as they have similar meanings. What’s happening over there? Is it a brouhaha? No, it looks more like a kerfuffle. Oh, I don’t know. I guess it’s just turmoil.

I’m really kerfuffled about it.

7. Nincompoop

Definition: a fool or simpleton

Let’s be real for a moment: I mostly like this word because it has the word poop in it, and I have the sense of humor of a ten year-old boy.

6. Facetious 

Definition: not meant to be taken seriously or literally

I use this word a lot. Maybe it’s just because I hang out with really facetious people. Hm…I need to ponder that.

5. Mollycoddle

Definition: to treat with indulgent care; pamper

This word is fun because it has my NAME in it. YAYYYY.

4. Muumuu

Definition: a long, loose-hanging dress, usually brightly colored or patterned, worn especially by Hawaiian women. 

This word has lots of u’s in it, which I approve of. It’s also fun to say–it makes me feel like I’m having a conversation with a cow.

3. Flabbergast

Definition: to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound.

I am flabbergast by the coolness of this word, which was said to my by a flabbergaster, who flabbergasted everyone else.

I love this word so much that I want to mollycoddle it.

2. Defenestrate

Definition: to throw (a person or thing) out of a window.

I like the fact that this is a word, and that there was a need for this to be a word.

1. Lugubrious 

Definition: mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerate, or unrelieved manner 

I learned this word my senior year of High School, in my AP English class. We had weekly vocab quizzes, and this was one of our words. I decided, the day of the quiz, that I was going to start saying lugubrious constantly.

I never really used it properly, it became more of a replacement for the words cool and awesome. I want to bring it back.

Dude, that’s so lugubrious.

2 thoughts on “Top Ten [Wednesday]: Top Ten UNSURPASSED Words in the English Language

  1. wow Molly…I’m impressed you learned “Lugubrious” from actually high school classes…I’m pretty sure I learned that word during high school…but it was definitely because of a Jason Mraz song…not a class…haha 🙂

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