Alphabet Soup

Yorkshire Pudding ran an interesting post the other day listing some of his favourite words from A-Z. Good basis for a meme I thought, so I’m giving it a go. I’ve extended it by including words I like the sound of but didn’t know their meaning before doing this. They’re the ones in brackets:

A is for arboreal and abhorent (abecedarian)
B is for buxom and boisterous (bookkeeper — of course, I did know what this one meant, but given that it is the only word in the language with three successive double-letters, well I had to include it.)
C is for cataphract and calumny (calyptra)
D is for diadem and desiccation (dibble — what I call a dibber)
E is for extravagant and ecclesiastical (eleutheromania)
F is for fricassee and flocculent (febricula)
G is for grotesque and gorgeous (gyrfalcon)
H is for hierarchy and handkerchief (hectocotylus)
I is for ignoble and imbecilic (ichneumon)
J is for jellyfish and jumble (jactitation)
K is for kindred and kernel (kyamite)
L is for lycanthrope and liquor ((lollard)
M is for machete and mechanistic (magniloquence)
N is for nervousness and naughtiness (noyade)
O is for omniscient and obsequious (octillion.)
P is for prosperity and penury (pentaglot)
Q is for quintessential and quadrille (quermonious)
R is for rapscallion and regurgitate (rensselaerite)
S is for snigger and salacious (schneiderian)
T is for tomahawk and tintinnabulation (tragus)
U is for umpteen and ululation (ultroneous)
V is for vespers and vicissitude (voltigeur)
W is for winsome and wriggle (windlestraw)
X is for xenon and Xavier (xiphoid)
Y is for yellow and yielding (yataghan)
Z is for zenith and zest (zoilism)

Lord knows what a psychologist would make of my choices. Please try it yourself if you feel so inclined.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 15th May 2006

    Quintessentially, you are nothing but a winsome rapscallion sir! Now I think of myself as a literate human being but just about all your bracketted words foxed me completely making me feel like nothing more than a mere quermonious windlestraw! I was about to mount the stairs and then the wife feeling like a clever sod indeed – now my bubble has truly burst – I’m just a thicko like all the rest! Woe is me!

  • Shooting Parrots 16th May 2006

    Given that we are approaching one million words in the English language and that the average educated adult, apparently knows only between 24,000 and 30,000, I suspect you’re doing okay!


Your email will not be published on this site, but note that this and any other personal data you choose to share is stored here. Please see the Privacy Policy for more information.

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: