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15 Fancy Words You Can Use In Place of Ordinary Ones

 Do you love wordplay? Are you searching for opportunities and ways to insert them into your daily life? There are lots of fun ways to do that, starting with pun-based board games and ending with improving your skills of self-expression. Just changing up the words you use can make a conversation immensely more fun and using words like the ones listed below will simply leave your fellow speakers baffled. 

These seemingly complicated words have very simple meanings that fit perfectly into everyday conversations, even if they don't seem like it. Impress everyone with your over-the-top language skills by learning some fancy new words like these!

1. Instead of “Fight” or “Brawl”, say “Donnybrook” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, donnybrook 

Example: The rival baseball team threw one too many insults and the whole thing turned into a donnybrook. 

2. Instead of “Awkward” or “Clumsy”, say “Hobbledehoy” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, hobbledehoy

Example: The hobbledehoy’s hands just weren’t designed for woodworking. 

3. Instead of “Confused” or “Disheveled”, say “Discombobulated” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, discombobulated

Example: After staying up all night to finish his presentation, John was thoroughly discombobulated when he joined the meeting. 

4. Instead of “Nonsense” or “Chatter”, say “Codswallop” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, codswallop 

Example: Maria is a lovely person but everything she says is absolute codswallop 

5. Instead of “Fuss” or “Disturbance”, say “Kerfuffle”

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, kerfuffle

Example: The debate over where we should go for dinner ended with quite a kerfuffle. 

6. Instead of “Dishonest” or “Underhanded”, say “Skullduggery” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, skullduggery 

Example: After weeks of giving excuses and not completing his work, Arnold was reprimanded officially for all his skullduggery 

7. Instead of “Counterclockwise” or Anti-Clockwise”, say “Widdershins”

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Widdershins

Example: When mixing any batter, stir clockwise for 2 minutes and then widdershins for 2 minutes.   

8. Instead of “Prison”, say “Hoosegow” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Hoosegow

Example: The cops doubled their patrols after a convict broke out of the hoosegow 

9. Instead of calling someone “Silly” or “Talkative”, say “Flibbertigibbet” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Flibbertigibbet

Example: It didn’t take long for Rachel’s new friends to realize what a flibbertigibbet she was. 

10. Instead of “Umbrella” or “Parasol”, say “Bumbershoot”

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Bumbershoot

Example: It began to rain as Alan was leaving his home, so he ran back in and grabbed his bumbershoot.   

11. Instead of “Cranky” or “Grumpy”, say “Cantankerous” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Cantankerous

Example: Eliza disliked walking past the home of her cantankerous old neighbor as he always had a scowl on his face. 

12. Instead “Whiny” or “Pessimist”, say “Smellfungus” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Smellfungus

Example: Don never shares happy news with his brother because his brother is such a smellfungus. 

13. Instead of “Pamper” or “Spoil”, say “Mollycoddle” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Mollycoddle

Example: When Janine started doing her son’s homework for him every night, her husband was angry at her for mollycoddling him 

14. Instead of “Tired” or “Exhausted”, say “Wabbit” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Wabbit

Example: After a long day of working, Elvis returned home completely wabbit

15. Instead of “Run away” or “Flee”, say “Absquatulate” 

Fancy words you can use every day to add to your vocabulary, Absquatulate

Example: When Tommy heard a strange noise in his backyard, he quickly absquatulated back into the house.

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