Life is too serious.
Politics, terrorists, natural disasters, scandals—they make me want to pull the covers over my head and never get out of bed. Today, however, I’d like you to set all that aside for a few minutes and have some fun.
I love the English language. As crazy and illogical as it sometimes is, it’s also beautiful, poetic, and sometimes downright funny. Today I’ve chosen six words, courtesy of alphadictionary.com, that are hilarious, either in their spelling, meaning, or pronunciation. I hope they bring you a smile.
Definition: To be anencephalous is to be brainless, empty-headed, to have a skull with an echo.
Sample: The current election cycle has proven again that anencephalous humans elect other anencephalous humans to high public office.
#2 Formication (Read this one carefully. It’s not what you think.)
Definition: The sense of ants crawling on your skin.
Sample: Seeing one bug climbing the table leg was enough to stir up my proclivity for formication.
Pronunciation: pan-dik-yuh-ley-shuh n
Definition: A full body stretch.
Sample: My dog, Winston, always began his day with leisurely pandiculation.
Definition: Spitting while speaking.
Sample: The sialoquent preacher never understood why his congregants refused to sit on the front row.
#5 and my personal favorite: Abibliophobia
Definition: The fear of running out of reading material.
Sample: When my Kindle library of new books dwindles, my abibliophobia rears its ugly head.
Musicians will love this final word, but even if you’re not musically inclined, have fun trying to pronounce it. Take it slowly and don’t miss a syllable.
Definition: A musical timing of 1/64.
Sample: My fingers can’t move fast enough to play a selection in hemidemisemiquaver.
Well, there you have it—six funny words from the English language. Since we’ve barely scratched the surface, I invite you to share your personal favorite by leaving a comment below. If you’re reading by email, click here to visit Hungry for God online, scroll to the bottom of the post, and comment there.
Remember, just because the world is filled with serious things doesn’t mean we can’t lighten things up every now and then with a little laughter. I challenge you to incorporate one of these silly words into your conversation today and watch what happens.
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones,” (Prov. 17:22).