Do You Know What These Weird English Words Actually Mean?

It’s time to find out how well you really know the English language.

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2. These are all words that can be found in a current dictionary. Without looking them up, try to guess the correct meaning of the following:

  1. 1. Trumpery
    1. Luggage designed for carrying an instrument
    2. Worthless nonsense
    3. The act of being more important than someone else
    4. A place where trumpets are serviced
  2. 2. Koumpounophobia
    1. Fear of buttons
    2. Fear of crocodiles
    3. Fear of raccoons
    4. Fear of sharp objects
  3. 3. Bumfuzzle
    1. A cluster of honeybees
    2. The act of tripping and falling
    3. To confuse or fluster
    4. To flourish or grow
  4. 4. Borborygmus
    1. A mythical horned sea creature
    2. A rumbling sound in the intestines
    3. A lump on the skin due to excessive growth of fibrous tissue
    4. A scarring of the bronchial tubes
  5. 5. Callipygian
    1. Having a shapely booty
    2. A person who has beautiful handwriting
    3. A person who has big eyes
    4. One with extensive knowledge of firearms
  6. 6. Pilgarlic
    1. A cruciferous vegetable
    2. A jokester
    3. A tool used for carving rocks
    4. A bald-headed man
  7. 7. Mumpsimus
    1. One who steals things that are not very valuable
    2. A notion that is held even though it’s unreasonable
    3. Talk that is not important or meaningful
    4. The dead body of someone who has voluntarily donated an organ
  8. 8. Frippery
    1. Something that is not necessary or serious
    2. Something that is added to make something else more attractive
    3. A temporary or second lodging
    4. An elusive concept
  9. 9. Gardyloo
    1. A collection of tulips
    2. A guest outhouse
    3. An herb that grows in tropical climates
    4. A warning cry
  10. 10. Tommyrot
    1. A bacterial skin infection
    2. A joke made in poor taste
    3. Foolishness
    4. Heartbreak
  11. 11. Abecedarian
    1. A person learning the rudiments of something
    2. A former magician
    3. One who studies clay or clay minerals
    4. A person who is especially prone to illness
  12. 12. Tmesis
    1. An infection caused by tick-borne bacteria
    2. An ability to learn and understand things gradually without much effort
    3. Separation of parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words
    4. A turning inward of the eyelashes often causing irritation of the eyeball
  13. 13. Crapulence
    1. Sickness caused by excessive eating or drinking
    2. A rupturing of the intestines
    3. Ownership of excessive amounts of jewels
    4. A gambling addiction
  14. 14. Skosh
    1. To strike down
    2. To forgive
    3. To sweep something under the rug
    4. A small amount
  15. 15. Slubber
    1. To fumble with one’s words
    2. To lose confidence
    3. To lose focus
    4. To perform carelessly
  16. 16. Folderol
    1. A kitchen tool used to crush garlic
    2. Excessive confidence
    3. Foolish words or ideas
    4. A medicine used to treat stomach cramps
  17. 17. Quodlibet
    1. A piece of music containing several different melodies
    2. A flat outdoor area for recreational activities
    3. A geometrical shape
    4. The act of going to a far extent
  18. 18. Yclept
    1. An archaic name for a bartender
    2. To confuse one person for another
    3. A heinous crime
    4. To call or be named
  19. 19. Jiggery-pokery
    1. A type of dance
    2. Dishonest or suspicious activity
    3. A game once played at casinos
    4. Quiet conversation
  20. 20. Usufruct
    1. The right to use or enjoy something
    2. An area where trains park
    3. A citrus fruit found in cold climates
    4. The act of breaching a contract

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