Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Words on Wednesday: Silly Words Day and Contest

I don't know why this popped into my head today, but as I was wondering what to post about for Words on Wednesday, the word "kerfuffle" came to mind.

Which made me think about other silly words, and inspired me to do a little hunt. Here are just 10 words that made me smile tonight.


Now in my wanderings to find these words, I found a post that proclaimed March 31 (2005) as Silly Words Day. I don't know if a similar proclamation was issued in 2006. But what say we go for 2007?

I hereby proclaim that March 31, 2007 is Silly Words Day. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find and post your 3 personal favorite silly words in the English language. You have 10 days to come up with your words.

When you find your words, post them on your blog and send me the link. You don't have to wait until March 31, but on March 31 I'll publish all the links, and ...

ONE LUCKY POSTER will win a $10 Starbucks gift card just for playing! Yes, I love silly words THAT much.


Michele said...

Those are good words, Nancy ! I especially love "kerfuffle" and "discombobulate"...

I think I might have to take up the gauntlet you've thrown down !

Nancy said...

Ooh, I hope you do Michele!

Leila said...

I love "kerfuffle".

And my favorite (okay, one of my favorite) Calvin and Hobbes strips is the one in which Hobbes talks about how much he loves the word "smock" and says "smock smock smock smock smock" until Calvin yells, "What on earth is wrong with you!?"

It's hilarious.

whimsy said...

I love silly words, too. Here are a few of my favs:

bonnyclabber \BAH-nee-klab-er\ noun : sour milk that has been thickened or curdled

widdershins \WID-er-shinz\ adverb : in a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction : counterclockwise

razzmatazz \raz-muh-TAZ\ noun *1 : a confusing or colorful often gaudy action or display : razzle-dazzle

slugabed \SLUG-uh-bed\ noun : a person who stays in bed after the usual or proper time to get up

snickersnee \SNIK-er-snee\ noun : a large knife

whimsy said...

Apparently I was way too excited to read the fine print about how the contest works. Sorry.

Nancy said...

Whimsy -- no problem! I love the words!

Leila, it's funny how some words that don't sound all that strange when you say them once, sound incredibly silly when you say them multiple times. I am giggling over "Smock" now. And I love Calvin and Hobbes too!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

"Underpants" has got to be one of the silliest words in the English language to the single-digit age set. I'm posting it here because I shan't include it in my group of three silly words.

RM1(SS) (ret) said...


Erin said...

These seem ordinary at first glance, but go ahead and say them aloud. :)

Erin said...

I found these today, and couldn't resist adding them:

Robin said...

Has anyone said NINCOMPOOP yet? You didn't say it had to be spelled correctly, did you?

When I think of 2 more, I'll come back.

Stidmama said...

I have some words up at my blog... still thinking about this. Do they have to be "real" words, or would a mispronunciation by a kid work?

Tim said...

Here's my entry. I may ad more as I think of them. Great contest! Reminds me I have to look for my copy of this book: Poplollies & Bellibones. It's filled with silly words that have gone out of popular usage. I use "lubber-wort" quite often though so there is hope for all the book's lost words.

dshep said...


catsmum said...

a lot of my favourites are here already but okay:

actinggal said...


I couldn't post these on my blog, because I'm limited to just photos. :D


actinggal said...

*whacks self in head*

I have no idea why, but that blog I put down, is not mine...*dies*

Here is my REAL blog. :D

Nancy said...

Thanks everyone! Great words to make me giggle.

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