25 (more) words that are fun to say

Writers, communicators, friends, Romans, countrymen, gather around as well as say ‘dirigible’—and other delightful words.


With two children in school, we’ve been talking a lot of phonetics at my house.

This has inspired me—once again—to put together a list of words that are fun to say.

Have some fun pronouncing these on your own. Then click on the word for an audible pronunciation. (Definitions and pronunciations are from Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com.)

Archaeopteryx—a reptile-like bird from the late Jurassic period.

Arugula—a Mediterranean plant from the mustard family.

Befuddle—to confuse; to make drunk.

Dirigible—an airship.

Effervescent—bubbling; vivacious; lively.

Exculpate—to clear from guilt or blame.

Gorgonzola—a blue cheese from Italy.

Haberdashery—a shop selling men’s clothing and accessories.

Harbinger—a person who announces the approach of another; something that foreshadows an event.

Hyperbole—obvious and intentional exaggeration.

Indubitably—unquestionable; patently evident or certain.

Jujitsu—the art of weaponless self-defense developed in Japan.

Kerfuffle—an disorderly outburst or disturbance.

Loquacious—talkative, lively.

Lorazapem—a medication used to treat anxiety.

Lugubrious—mournful, dismal, or gloomy.

Pantaloons—a garment consisting of breeches and stockings in one; trousers.

Persnickety—over-particular about trivial details; fussy.

Plebeian—one of the common people of ancient Rome; of or relating to common people.

Porcini—an edible mushroom.

Rapscallion—a rascal, scamp, or rogue.

Shiitake—an edible, dark, mushroom, often used in Asian cuisine.

Swizzlestick—a stick used to stir cocktails.

Troglodyte—a prehistoric cave dweller.

Ululate—howl or wail.

Wasabi—a Japanese condiment made from the root of an herb.

Readers, any other words that you like the sound of?

Laura Hale Brockway is a medical writer and editor from Austin, Texas. She is also the author of the writing/editing/random thoughts blog, impertinentremarks.com.

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