13 of my favorite words………(in alphabetical order, with dictionary definitions)
13) abscond— “leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft.”
Absconding just sounds deceitful, like you’re slinking away in the shadows…….
12) boondoggle— “work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value.”
Some will argue that this list is a boondoggle; I would disagree.
11) bupkus— “having little or no value.”
Jerry Stiller said this word on TV a lot; good word to say if you’re disgusted and don’t want to swear. “All this work and I’ve got BUPKUS to show for it!!!”
10) canoodle— “kiss and cuddle amorously.”
Not to be confused with caboodle “the whole number or quantity of people or things in question.”
9) fracas— “a noisy disturbance or quarrel.”
Good hockey word, as in: “There was a fracas behind the Edmonton net.”
8) hijinx— “examples of mischief that are often disruptive or rowdy.”
The Three Stooges often engaged in hijinx. Mo hitting Curly on the head with a wrench was hijinx. Practical jokes also fall into this category.
7) inconceivable— “not capable of being imagined or grasped mentally; unbelievable.”
When you’re totally exasperated that something could happen, this is your word to use. “It is INCONCEIVABLE that the A’s traded Cespedes and didn’t get young players in return!!!”
6) kerfuffle— “a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views.”
This is less physical than a fracas, but still a disagreement. I once had a kerfuffle with a parent of a kid I coached in Little League. He was way bigger than me, so I tried my best to diffuse the situation. Best part of that day is that was when I decided to quit coaching Little League.
5) kibosh— “put an end to; dispose of decisively.”
Most times I’ve heard this, someone from New York City said it; lot of fathers would like to put the kibosh on their daughters’ dating activity.
4) quagmire— “a soft boggy area of land that gives way underfoot.”
In fall of 1977, there was a drought in Los Angeles; that was all I heard about all football season, So the Rams get a home playoff game against Minnesota; turn the game on and there is an inch of standing water/mud on the field at the LA Coliseum.
I had just turned 18; I say to no one in particular “For three months all I’ve heard about is this goddamn drought and now the field is a bleeping quagmire.” My parents were not amused at my choice of adjectives (I didn’t say bleeping). The Rams were a big favorite, but lost 14-7. Oy.
3) shenanigans— “secret or dishonest activity or maneuvering.”
Unfortunately, most of our politicians know this word all too well.
2) squeamish— “easily made to feel sick, faint, or disgusted, especially by unpleasant images, such as the sight of blood.”
I could never have been a surgeon, for this very reason. That and I wasn’t smart enough to get into a medical school— I was lucky to graduate from a state college
1) wheelhouse— “the part of a batter’s strike zone most likely to produce a home run.” or “a part of a boat or ship serving as a shelter for the person at the wheel.”
I prefer to think of this word as asking someone a really easy question or putting them in a situation that they can handle easily, as in, putting your drunk friend in a chugging contest.