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Innately funny words

Post 341

Pu Dendal-Shrubbery

A few useful words to greet you in the morning.smiley - winkeye

horse (unbeatable as a funny word. Just repeat it a few times out loud)

jentacular- relating to breakfast
flatus- bowel gas
fardel -a parcel
horriplilation- goosebumps
poetaster-a bad poet
pogonophile - a beard-lover
smellfeast -an uninvited dinner guest
bibliobibuli - people who read too much

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Post 342

Ek* this space intentionally left blank *ki


They just seem to crawl out of the woodwork ...

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simply scruff singing a rainbow

talking of woodwork i'd say that was pretty amusing.......and how about tinkle?

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Post 344


How about


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Post 345


I think rhinoscerus is funny (unless I am in the presence of onesmiley - silly)also rhetoric and precocious and Oxymoronsmiley - biggrin.

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Post 346


Resurrecting this and thinking it has probably been mentioned somewhere:



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Clive the flying ostrich: Amateur Polymath | Chief Heretic.

I always found the verb 'fling' or 'flung' to be innately amusing.

And 'collided' has has hidden comedy depths.

Compare the following.

Their heads hit making a hollow knocking sound.

Their heads collided making a hollow knocking sound.

I think the second sentence is funnier.

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Post 348

Oops the Destroyer - not actually evil just very clumsy

I remember a conversation once where we decided that for some reason double barrelled English place names sounded funnier than single ones, for example: Chipping Norton sounds funnier than Abingdon, Potter's Bar sounds funnier than Barnet.

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Post 349

Pink Paisley

There are plenty of "double barrelled" place names that make me smile inside.

Bishops Itchington.
Cerne Abbas
Farleigh Wallop

but I want to live in:-

Burton Coggles.

And then there are funny sounding words that are far from funny. I hesitate to mention, "colostomy".


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Post 350


"but I want to live in:-

Burton Coggles."

You don't you know, I know the place well smiley - winkeye

BTW, its proper name is 'Burton-Le-Coggles' - it is one of those places that the county council is trying to rename through omission when they print the village sign up. Although there's always an enterprising local with a bit of paint or masking tape to put it back in smiley - smiley

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Post 351

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Limpley Poke smiley - sorry I mean Limpley Stoke

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Post 352

Oops the Destroyer - not actually evil just very clumsy

of course no discussion of funny soundimng double barrelled place names is complete without mention of Little Sodbury

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Post 353

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

There's also Chipping Sodbury I believe. (I say, this would make a fine expletive. 'Oh, Chipping Sodbury!' smiley - run

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Post 354

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

... reminds me that Dorset has Piddlehinton, which sits on the River Piddle. I'm sure I once read somewhere that some entrepreneur bought a former brewery set up on the R.Piddle, and started bottling and selling...

... 'piddlewater' smiley - laugh

However, I've tried googling this to no avail. Surely I couldn't have dreampt it smiley - erm

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Pink Paisley



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