Meaning: To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them.
As in: It’s hard to enjoy your meal when the guy opposite is groaking you the whole time.
Meaning: To act in a secretive manner.
As in: I’m sick of all these sneaky types, creeping around and hugger-muggering the whole time.
Meaning: To feel ill because of excessive eating/drinking.
As in: Blerg. The morning after St. Patrick’s Day. I feel crapulous.
Meaning: Sullen. An alternative to grumpy.
As in: I’m hungover, and I’ve got a ton of work to do. Think I’m allowed to be grumpish.
Meaning: Freshly melted snow.
As in: Yesterday we woke up to a perfect carpet of white, but now it’s just snowbroth. :-(
Meaning: To confuse, bamboozle.
As in: I don’t get string theory. It utterly jargogles my brain.
Meaning: The sun’s warmth on a cold winter’s day.
As in: Even in darkest December you sometimes get a moment of beautiful apricity.
Meaning: To gossip, or talk idly.
As in: I wish you’d quit twattling and get on with your work.
Meaning: Tangled hair, as if matted by elves.
As in: Jeez, dude, look at the state of those elflocks — have you not heard of a comb?
Meaning: To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on someone.
Origin: Early 17th century
As in: Don’t look into his eyes. He’s so charismatic, you’ll be gorgonized.
Meaning: A little man with a high opinion of himself.
As in: He’s a boastful shortarse. Total cockalorum.
Meaning: A good-looking person.
As in: Alison Brie? Total snoutfair.
Meaning: Slang term for a fat person.
As in: Time to go on a diet, I’m getting to be a right jollux.
Meaning: The shock one feels upon first plunging into cold water.
Origin: Scots, 1800s
As in: Those outdoor swimmers must have balls of steel to cope with that kind of curglaff.
Meaning: To argue loudly about something inconsequential.
As in: I can’t stand Question Time, it always descends into brabbling.
Meaning: An alternative to twilight.
Origin: Early 1600s
As in: London is at its most beautiful by twitter-light.
Meaning: Walking while smoking a pipe.
As in: I’m off for a post-lunch lunt, anyone care to join me?
Meaning: Stupid, imbecilic.
As in: The Only Way Is Essex is a TV show for the terminally beef-witted.
Meaning: Wonderful and extraordinary.
As in: The Breaking Bad finale was every bit as monsterful as I’d hoped.
Meaning: Having beautifully shaped buttocks.
As in: I admire Beyoncé for her musical talent. The fact she is highly callipygian is neither here nor there.
Meaning: To make drunk, intoxicate.
As in: It’s never a good idea to operate heavy machinery while fuzzled.
Meaning: A wooden puppet, controlled by strings.
As in: The president has no real power, he is a mere quockerwodger.
Meaning: The seemingly malevolent behaviour displayed by inanimate objects.
As in: That water bottle looks like it wants to kill me. It exhibits resistentialism.
Meaning: The fear of oblivion.
As in: I’m terrified the world is about to end. I am lethophobic.
Meaning: A slovenly, slobbering person.
As in: Look at that sluberdegullion, sprawled on the sofa with his tongue lolling out.
Meaning: A low rumbling sound produced by the bowels.
As in: Nothing worse than audibly curmuring during a job interview.
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