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It’s never a bad idea to try to increase your vocabulary in English. Learning new and unusual words will make your writing more interesting, impress your friends and colleagues, and help you to better articulate your ideas. It can also be fun to learn some less common words; you might find it interesting to learn about their origins, and pick up some knowledge that could help you with further English studies, such as reading more complex texts.

Unusual unique words

We’ve put together a short list of some of the more unusual words in English that you can add to your vocabulary after a little bit of memorisation and practice. Take a couple of minutes to read through the list and write down the words, then try using them in a sentence. You’ll be using new and interesting language in no time!

Anachronism

An anachronism is something (or someone) that is out of place in terms of time or chronology.

This is most common with old-fashioned items in a modern setting, but can also occur with futuristic items in period pieces. Most anachronisms are there by mistake, especially within movies and television shows.

E.g. Showing the Pharaoh wearing a wristwatch was an obvious anachronism.

Accismus

A form of irony in which someone feigns indifference to something he or she desires. Aesop’s fable The Fox and the Grapes illustrates accismus when the fox dismisses some grapes he is unable to reach, stating that he is sure they are sour anyway.

E.g. “Oh I couldn’t possibly accept…” Exclaimed Veronica upon being presented with a pair of diamond earrings, her natural affinity for accismus shining through.

Cacophony

A cacophony is a harsh mixture of sounds. It descends from the Greek word phōnē which means sound or voice, and is joined with the Greek prefix kak-, meaning bad; creating the meaning bad sound. In a similar way, the word symphony (which means a harmonious arrangement of instruments) traces to phōnē and the Greek prefix syn-, which means together.

E.g. I couldn’t hear over the cacophony of alarm bells.

Draconian

An adjective to describe something that is excessively harsh and severe. Derives from Draco, a 7th-century Athenian law scribe under whom small offenses had heavy punishments; prescribing death for almost every offence.

E.g. The new parking fines are positively draconian.

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abecedarian
abracadabra
accoutrements
adagio
aficionado
agita
agog
akimbo
alfresco
aloof
ambrosial
amok
ampersand
anemone
anthropomorphic
antimacassar
aplomb
apogee
apoplectic
appaloosa
apparatus
archipelago
atingle
avuncular
azure
babushka
bailiwick
bafflegab
balderdash
ballistic
bamboozle
bandwagon
barnstorming
beanpole
bedlam
befuddled
bellwether
berserk
bibliopole
bigmouth
bippy
blabbermouth
blatherskite
blindside
blob
blockhead
blowback
blowhard
blubbering
bluestockings
boing
boffo (boffola)
bombastic
bonanza
bonkers
boondocks
boondoggle
borborygmus
bozo
braggadocio
brainstorm
brannigan
breakneck
brouhaha
buckaroo
bucolic
buffoon
bugaboo
bugbear
bulbous
bumbledom
bumfuzzle
bumptious
bumpkin
bungalow
bunkum
bupkis
burnsides
busybody
cacophony
cahoots
calamity
calliope
candelabra
canoodle
cantankerous
catamaran
catastrophe
catawampus
caterwaul
chatterbox
chichi
chimerical
chimichanga
chitchat
clandestine
claptrap
clishmaclaver
clodhopper
cockamamie
cockatoo
codswallop
collywobbles
colossus
comeuppance
concoction
conniption
contraband
conundrum
convivial
copacetic
corkscrew
cornucopia
cowabunga
coxcomb
crackerjack
crescendo
crestfallen
cryptozoology
cuckoo
curlicue
curmudgeon
demitasse
denouement
derecho
desperado
diaphanous
diddly-squat
digeridoo
dilemma
dillydally
dimwit
diphthong
dirigible
discombobulated
dodecahedron
doldrums
donkeyman
donnybrook
doodad
doohickey (this is what I call a library due date card)
doppelganger
dumbfounded
dumbwaiter
dunderhead
earwig
eavesdrop
ebullient
effervescence
egads
eggcorn
egghead
elixir
ephemeral
epiphany
ersatz
eucatastrophe
extraterrestrial
finagle
fandango
festooned
fez
fiasco
fiddle-footed
fiddlesticks
finicky
firebrand
fishwife
fisticuffs
flabbergasted
flapdoodle

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flibbertigibbet
flimflam
flippant
floccinaucinihilipilification
flophouse
flotsam
flummery
flummoxed
flyaway
flyspeck
folderol
foofaraw
foolhardy
foolscap
footloose
fopdoodle
fortuitous
fracas
frangipani
freewheeling
fricassee
frippery
frogman
froufrou
fuddy-duddy
fussbudget
futz
gadfly
gadzooks
gallimaufry
gambit
gangplank
gangway
gargoyle
gasbag
gazebo
gazpacho
gewgaw
genteel
ghostwriter
gibberish
gimcrack
gizmo
glabella
glitch
globetrotter
gobbledygook
gobsmacked
goosebump
gooseflesh
gorgonzola
gossamer
grandiloquent
greenhorn
guffaw
gumshoe
guru
gussied
guttersnipe
haberdashery
haboob
hairpin
halcyon
halfwit
hangdog
haphazard
harebrained
harumph
harum-scarum
headlong
heartstrings

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