Top 10 Silliest English Words And Their Origins [COMPETITION] – Viral Story


English is a remarkable language with its origins in the Eastern Germanic family members of languages with a massive blob of impact from the Romance languages (mainly via French). That has actually resulted in a number of extremely interested however certainly enjoyable words to show up over the centuries. This checklist checks out 10 of those words: mainly acquainted however hardly ever utilized.

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10 Malarkey


You might have heard this word just recently when Democratic confident for the 1820 governmental political election as well as supercentenarian, Joe Biden, just recently stunned everybody with his humorous usage of the expression “no malarkey” which he additionally repainted on his project omnibus. But jocularity apart, what does malarkey indicate? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it describes “nonsense talk” as well as it came from the 1920s. The surge in appeal of its usage happened partly of the United States with hefty Irish immigrant impact so it is potentially pertaining to some unidentified male by the name of “Mullarkey” however we’ll never ever recognize. What we do recognize is that there is a shade of paradox to the reality that Mr Biden has actually picked this specific expression for his project provided his current public talking errors, such as “poor kids are as bright as white kids” as well as the extremely humorous, yet so horribly incorrect “No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger other than in self-defense and that rarely ever occurs. And so we have to just change the culture. Period. And keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it.”

9 Flim-flam


Flim-flam is yet one more word with much political usage! It indicates insincere talk or deceiving words. Here it remains in a sentence: “Ninety percent of political commentary is flim-flam”. Its beginnings remain in the 16th century as well as the term is a type of symbolic reduplication. Reduplication is an etymological method utilized in many languages to accentuate something or highlight it. A current (as well as rather stunning) kind of this is when Whoopi Goldberg relieved Roman Polanski of his child-molestation criminal offense by stating it wasn’t “rape-rape” (a lot for #metoo). I’m not particular his 14 years of age target would certainly have really felt similarly. Other typical usages of reduplication are words “razzle-dazzle”, “bye-bye”, “hip-hop”, as well as the funnest kind (shm-reduplication) “fancy-shmancy”.

8 Gigglemug


Once upon a time national politics was loaded with gigglemugs. These days there are extra triggeredmugs however that is close to the factor. A gigglemug is a face (as well as by expansion an individual) that has a smile continuously smudged to their face. The word suggests disingenuousness. Hollywood is still rupturing to the joints with gigglemugs. The term originates from the British usage of words “mug” to indicate face which most likely originated from the old 17th century cups that were typically enhanced with faces (toby containers are an instance of this). This usage of words cup is hardly ever seen in contemporary English other than in the kind a mugshot. And words laugh originates from the 1500s as well as is an onomatopoeia for the audio we make when we laugh.

7 Collywobbles


Collywobbles describes a belly pains or butterflies in the belly. Despite what you might have found out about this word stemming as an aberration of “cholera morbus” that is not likely. When this word developed in the very early 1800s, there was additionally a frequently utilized significance for words “colly” which was a referral to coal dirt. Here’s an excellent little bit of expertise for you: you’ve been singing the twelve days of Christmas incorrect your entire life. You recognize the “four calling birds”? They weren’t calling whatsoever! They were “colly birds”—a jargon for blackbirds. Anyway, there is no actual factor to think that coal dirt was the origin of the term either, though both concepts have actually been recommended. Most most likely it is simply a cutesy word made up to sidetrack a kid from his belly discomforts.

6 Poppycock


Neither pertaining to opium neither penises, poppycock is a really American term from around the mid 1800s as well as more than likely originated from Dutch travelers that utilized the expression zo fijn als gemalen poppekak implying an individual with excellent spiritual passion (actually implying “as fine as powdered dolls shit”). The link to feces (as well as dolls undoubtedly) was shed as well as the term eventually became utilized in English to indicate something which is rubbish. It is very easy to see exactly how a term describing the kind of personality that teaches enthusiastically on a road edge can become utilized to indicate anything ridiculous.[1]

5 Nincompoop


A nincompoop is a crazy or dumb individual—it is rather identified with the term “Youtube commenter“. The word initially shows up in the best language of all (English, duh), in the 1600s. It’s beginnings are commonly contested however array from the boring (a referral to the Biblical Nicodemus that naively examined Christ), to the sensible appearing point of view of the great Dr Johnson that asserted it to be an aberration of the Latin non compos mentis (not psychologically qualified). And after that ultimately one of the most peculiar beginning concept is that it originates from Dutch nicht om poep which can describe a farting effeminate gay male (I didn’t make that up . . seriously).[2]

4 Claptrap


Claptrap is an unusual word with a somewhat various significance initially to its present usage. Now it indicates something which is a lots of rubbish; really it’s rather comparable to malarkey. The resource of this word, nevertheless, has staged beginnings. If you are a follower of the cyberpunk called 4Chan, you’ll recognize the usage of the term “trap” to describe a crossdresser that catches straight men by fooling them right into assuming he is actually a woman (this is not associated with transgenderism incidentally). “Claptrap” transpired in similar method. When something was claptrap, it was an unique staged method made to make individuals slap suddenly. Presumably this was typically made with activities that were outrageous or silly so in contemporary parlance the term has no relationship to slapping as well as every relationship to outrageous or silly talk—to put it simply: rubbish.

3 Whippersnapper


When not denying a number of Malarkey, Mr Biden can be discovered smelling the heads of young whippersnappers. A Whippersnapper is, of program, a hostile young people or just a careless bored youngun. The term is an interesting combination of 2 points: in the late 16th century as well as very early 17th century some youths used up the routine of breaking whips to kill time: similar to contemporary children having fun with fidget rewriters. Emerging in the English language around the very same time was the expression “snipper-snappers” which described road children. Simply by coincidence these terms combined as well as left us with “whippersnapper”. It is not extremely frequently utilized nowadays unless you remain in a black as well as white British relocating image.

2 Mumbo-Jumbo


Mumbo-Jumbo describes useless words: expressions that make no feeling or make good sense to simply a handful of individuals (such as political lingo). It can additionally indicate the methods of an individual associated with weird non-standard spiritual methods (generally religious beliefs regarded ominous or dark such as voodoo or witchery). It is this last significance where words stems. Maamajomboo is a Mandkinan word (a language in Gambia) explaining a male that spruce up in an unusual outfit to execute routines. Here is the instead humorous 1803 Encyclopedia Britannica meaning of Mumbo Jumbo: “An unusual problem used by the Pagan Mandingos for the objective of maintaining their ladies in subjection. [E]extremely male weds as lots of spouses as he can comfortably keep; as well as the repercussion is, that family members fights often climb to such an elevation, that the hubby’s authority is not adequate to bring back tranquility amongst the girls. On these celebrations, the interposition of Mumbo Jumbo is hired; as well as it is constantly definitive.”[]

1 Trumpery


The French word Tromperie originated from their verb tromper significance “to deceive”. The word took a trip, by means of Middle English (prior to Shakespeare which darned puzzling contemporary English of his) to our very own language as trumpery, which indicates the very same point: deceitfulness or a sly point. It has no historic convergence with the present President of the United States of America—however, in a comparable style to the “backronym” (a phrase meaning developed after the phrase itself), lots of fancifully think it does. Another word that significantly defines political leaders generally is “snollygost”—an intelligent as well as unprincipled individual that does points for their very own gain. Can you call a political leader that has done this? Or extra just: can you call one that hasn’t?

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Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities. He is fascinated with all things historic, creepy, and bizarre.

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