50 Great Words That People Never Use (But Should)

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1. Affable

It’s a nice word to say and a nice thing to be.

RicoDredd

2. Apoplexy

It’s fun to say. It means to have a brain aneurysm so I yell ‘you’re making me apoplectic!’

PanicAtTheMetro

3. Asunder

As in, ‘That shit tore my ass asunder.’

Duchebagel

4. Bamboozled

When I have been tricked, had an unfortunate twist of fate, or generally something unexpected or bad happens to me.

A_New_Noob

5. Bereft

As in, ‘Bereft all thought I wandered aimlessly.’

wuliheron

6. Cacophony

A horrible mixture of sounds. Opposite of a symphony.

Circle_2_Circle

7. Cantankerous

Means mean and ill-spirited. ‘Cantankerous old man.’

tricks_23

8. Crestfallen

Means deep sadness. Used instead of so sad.

Kirokill

9. Defenestration

It’s not too uncommon, but it’s neat that there’s a word that means getting pushed out of a window.

PMPOSITIVITY

10. Dilly-dally

To fuck around.

Chaosxxii

11. Disingenuous

After I learned the word, I found it easily applicable in a lot of situations. A lot of people are disingenuous a lot of the time, especially when arguing. ‘Mot candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.’

Saxon2060

12. Exacerbate

It means to make a bad situation worse.

Bamm72086

13. Feckless

It means weak, ineffective, or worthless.

bigshoulders75

14. Flabbergasted

It sounds like the process of ejecting goo from a rubber tube using an air compressor or farting too much so your stomach is flabbergasted.

deepmaus

15. Glower

To have an angry or sullen look on one’s face.

angerensues

16. Hoi polloi

Means common people, peasants, the unwashed masses. It’s also very fun to say.

xero_art

17. Indolent

It’s just the same as calling someone lazy, but it sounds fancier.

sonnet666

18. Indubitably

Without a doubt.

eviL12368

19. Jabberwocky

Someone whose strength is derived from their sheer stupidity/ignorance.

kbotit11

20. Kibosh

It means to put an end to something. Ex: ‘We put the kibosh on that business deal.’

ClowningMachine

21. Lachrymose

Teary. It was in one of the Brontë sisters’ novels. Got me bonus points on my 11th grade English essay.

jrydell13

22. Lackadaisical

Lacking enthusiasm and determination.

Garyx23x

23. Malarky

I like using it instead of bullshit.

Crfcraft

24. Mamihlapinatapai

A look shared between two people each wishing that the other would initiate something that they both desire but which neither wants to begin.

IreneElkins

25. Masticate

To chew food.

Saki_01

26. Nettled

Annoyed/irritated.

districtunrest

27. Nonplussed

Surprised to the point you don’t know how to react.

ScarfaceJR

28. Obfuscate

It means to make something unclear or obscure.

Darkblitz8

29. Overmorrow

The day after tomorrow.

Jul3

30. Pecuniary

Means money-related.

marrano10

31. Peristalsis

It’s just the constriction of muscles that moves stuff through a canal, like the intestine.

Arliasellith

32. Penultimate

It means the second to the last of something. The penultimate episode of a season or penultimate book in a series.

RAForce

33. Penury

Means extreme poverty or destitution. It’s a bit more relevant than I’d like as a college student.

douchewithaguitar

34. Perfunctory

Carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.

CounterproductivePit

35. Plethora

A surprisingly large amount of people don’t know what that word means when I use it, so I assume it’s rather uncommon.

cwb4ever

36. Podunk

It’s used when referring to a small, shit town. It just has such a hit to it! I love it.

Realkdoth

37. Putrescent

My favorite word. It’s so descriptive and it just sounds vile.

Caeldotthedot

38. Rapscallion

Another possible descriptor for a scallywag or ruffian.

calcuttacodeinecoma

39. Rigmarole

‘Every time I ask her to do the dishes, she starts giving me a bunch of rigmarole.’

cyainanotherlifebro

40. Rotund

I like it because it means chubby and it’s literally just ‘round’ with a t in the middle.

GabboGab

41. Sanctimonious

Describes someone who acts like they are morally superior to others. Basically a fancy way of saying ‘takes themselves too seriously’ or ‘self-righteous.’

onlyfakeproblems

42. Sate

Basically a shorter way to say ‘satisfy.’

PM_Me_Happy_Lolis

43. Shindig

A large, lively party or celebration.

Fabbychad

44. Succor

It means relief/comfort/assistance/support from suffering or a bad situation, for example ‘I seek succor from the cold.’

YakobM

45. Swilking

The movement of liquid inside a container. ‘He’s so drunk you can hear the ale swilking about in his belly.’

danomite736

46. Teetotaler

Someone who doesn’t drink alcohol. It’s great to have a teetotaling friend who likes to go out ’cause you’ll have a DD.

MarshalNey

47. Troglodyte

Means cave-dweller, from the Greek trogle ‘hole, mouse-hole’ and dyein ‘go in, dive in,’ so literally ‘cave goer, ‘cave diver.’ It doubles as my favorite insult to particularly dense persons.

niceBobJobShowVagene

48. Widdershins

Counterclockwise.

jjpearson

49. Yonder

Something is over yonder.

AMajesticPotato

50. Zugzwang

A situation in chess where you are safe right now, but all moves lead to checkmate.

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