5 of the Strangest Words you’ll hear in English

Strange and Weird English Words
Strange and Weird English Words

There are so many English words that look and sound totally strange.

They have odd spelling, and they sound even worse.

Some of these words have been part of English for a long time. Others are new and are being added every year.

To help you understand a few the clever folk at Fluentu have come up with 15 of the weirdest words. We thought we would share some of them with you.

  1. Kerfuffle (kəˈfʌf(ə)l)

Kerfuffle (noun) has been around since the early 1800s.

It means to make a fuss or a bother, especially making a loud noise or racket which is difficult to hear over.

  1. Hullaballoo (ˌhʌl.ə.bəˈluː)

A word that really sounds like what it means, hullaballoo (noun) is the loud noises and shouting that people make when they’re angry.

It’s been part of the English language since the middle of the 18th century.

  1. Cacophony (kəˈkɒf(ə)ni)

Another word related to noise, a cacophony (noun) is a mixture of horrible sounds. Imagine birds screeching, alarm bells ringing and babies screaming all at the same time!

Cacophony comes from a Greek word made up from kacos (bad) and phone (sound).

It entered English in the mid 1600’s.

  1. Ragamuffin (ˈraɡəmʌfɪn)

Ragamuffin is usually used for children, and you may also sometimes hear it used to describe scruffy-looking animals.

Ragamuffin (noun) comes from the English that was used during the Middle Ages.

  1. Whippersnapper (ˈwɪpəsnapə)

It’s been part of the English language since the 17th century and is a mixture of two terms. One referred to a lazy person who had no ambitions. The other term was used for young people who lived on the street and did bad things, like stealing and tricking people.

The meaning has changed over the years, and today it’s used for a young person who’s too confident and perhaps a little cheeky!

See also – 5 of the Weirdest Words you’ll hear in English

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