The Funniest Words in the English Language

These words sound hilarious to me for some reason, and if someone didn’t know the meaning, one could provide a pretty good guess from the sound.

  • Boondoggle – whatever it is, you know it’s not good and you don’t want to get involved
  • Donnybrook – throw two groups of drinkers together from different countries, this is what you get. You know one when you see one.
  • Hootenanny – I’ve known musicians in every era since the 60’s, so I have a sign in my house that says “No Hootenannies”, the word is more fun than the actual event
  • Doodle – everyone does it, not many will admit it, but its funny
  • Banana – fun to say even if you add more syllables. I like 5, then it rhymes with “Roseannadanna”
  • Pajamas – is this singular or plural, can you have one?
  • Armadillo – some type of military vehicle isn’t it?
  • Folderol – sounds like something for drinking, as in “last night I was so ripped I folderol over the place”
  • Whippoorwill – what did poor Will do?
  • Loquacious – famous Latin philosopher, or maybe a character on Star Trek, “Spock, go get Loquacious, he knows intergalactic philosophy”
  • Testicle – led to testify, testimony, testament, as you swear you grab the family jewels when you do it (or as the Bible says in it’s original TESTAMENT, “Abraham grabbed his thigh” – close enough!)
  • Ne’er-do-well – funniest expression ever for deadbeats, has to be Shakespeare
  • Roustabout – see “ne’er-do-well” cuz it’s funnier
  • Oil – is an ancestral clue, pronounced with two or three syllables, as in “aw-eee-yull” down south, sometimes “awl”, and pronounced “earl” on The Honeymooners, “oh-ill” elsewhere
  • Knickerbockers – and can you believe people would hear that and still wear em? “yep, I gotta get me some of them knickerbockers, see what those are all about”
  • Haberdashery – a place for fast food from the middle east?
  • Peccadillo – this could mean several things, one is a small armadillo
  • Swamp – usually said with two syllables, if you’re from one, it’s not so funny.
  • Impudent – from Lawrence of Arabia, “you, sir, are an impudent rascal.” (it’s funnier if the British use it)
  • Elbow – you have to pause between syllables, and when you think about it, where did this word come from? why are there no other bows on the body like the kneebow, the neckbow, the legbow.
  • Pumpkin – this is a compound word made of two smaller words and funny that way too cuz it’s one step past kissin cousins
  • Burly – yessir, he was a burly man, not any girly girl
  • Gargoyle – wait, is this English? gargle came from the sound gargoyles make during rainstorms anyway.
  • Oblivion – it’s either an Irish valet or a Greek author, “O’blivion, let’s go with the seersucker today, and fetch me that new volume of Oblivion as well”
  • Gerrymander – a small amphibian? some cricket position, as in “he’s now starting gerrymander for Manchester”
  • Anonymous – most prolific writer in any language; the only word that rhymes with “Hieronymous”
  • Booger – funny no matter how you use it, applies to many as in “that ole booger!”
  • Petticoat – a small coat? and it goes where? it’s a coat for what exactly?
  • Copacetic – I think my granny used to prescribe this homeopathic remedy as a pharmicist in the 1920’s before it was declared illegal
  • Weenie – we laugh at em, we make fun of em, and we eat em!
  • Pomegranate – let’s see, what shall we call yon fruit? is perhaps related to granite?
  • Rutabaga – that street urchin was certainly a pest, have you ever seen a rutabaga?
  • Jellyfish – is it edible, on a sandwich with tartar and peanut butter? now that’s just plain disgusting..
  • Daffodil – either a cartoon character or an Irish herb
  • Sabbatical – this can’t be good, I think it involves devil worship and naked dancing in groups
  • Kumquat – this is a word you don’t say in mixed company, and all kids know it’s a certain unmentionable body part
  • Discombobulated – I had to be gassed to have this done once



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