Nominate a Word

Hi,

I haven’t run out of unusual words, yet, but it’s possible. In the meantime, I’m very happy to accept suggestions of unusual English words – anything that’s not used daily is in with a chance, the quirkier the better. Just comment below and I’ll credit you when I write a post about the word, so include your blog link/twitter handle too.

thanks!

Grace (a.k.a Wordfoolery)

15 thoughts on “Nominate a Word

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  3. Scotty

    Hornswoggle is a ridiculous word that makes me giggle. Some folks think it means to be swindled, finagled or boondoggled. But to me, hornswaggled is the face of my perplexed, bewildered husband when he looks in his wallet on Monday morning.

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  6. Jed Martin

    Hi Grace,

    The word ‘coney’ or similar as a component of place or street names has long intrigued me.
    I grew up near Coneygree Road near Peterborough, so was amazed to find a Coneygre Road on moving to Bristol. Since then I’ve seen many variations on maps or while travelling, such as:
    Coniger
    Conygar

    and many, many more.
    They must have common ancestry, and rabbits are sometimes (rarely now) called ‘conies’. But no European language reflects thus term e.g French is ‘lapin’.
    The nearest is Italian ( ‘coniglia’ I think) and Latin.
    Any ideas when the term originated? And why were cultivated rabbits farmed in ‘warrens’?
    Cheers,
    G.M.

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