As it is Wednesday once more, it is time for another look at some of the more unusual words in the English language.
Today we conclude our two-part look at words which have been specially selected for their pleasing sounds.
You won’t find many of these words in everyday language and it is unlikely that you will ever use many of them.
One or two may leave you more than a little, er, tosticated, but at least they all sound good.
Here are today’s 20 words:
sharawaggi the use of irregularity or incongruity for deliberate, artful effect
slubberdegullion a dirty, slovenly person
snickersee a large knife for fighting
sockdologer a conclusive argument; a hard or decisive blow
squabash to crush, smash, defeat
syzygy conjunction or opposition
thunder-plump a heavy fall of rain in a thunderstorm
tokoloshe (in Bantu folklore) a dwarflike creature with supernatural powers
tosticated befuddled; perplexed (dialect)
tucotuco a South American rodent
tuftaffety taffeta with tufted pile
umami a savoury, satisfying taste
unguligrade walking on hoofs
vug a Cornish miner’s name for a cavity in a rock
wag-at-the-wa’ a hanging clock with exposed pendulum and weights (Scots)
williwaw a gust of cold wind blowing seawards from a mountainous coast
woubit a hairy caterpillar
zoozoo the wood pigeon (dialect)
* All words in this blog post have been supplied by The 12th edition of The Chambers Dictionary. ISBN 97805501002379