How Many People Know These English Words Exist?!

Oxford dictionary currently has 171,476 English words in use. Studies have shown that the average English native speaker knows about 20,000 words with university-educated people knowing around 40,000 words. When actually speaking and with everyday writing (emails, letters, notes etc.) this goes down to about 5,000 very common words that are used repeatedly. So, there are tens of thousands of words that are hardly ever used, including these ones.

Ereyesterday

The day BEFORE yesterday.

Balter

Dancing clumsily without any particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment.

Yerk

To beat, attack, or thrash with vigor.

Griffonage

Handwriting that is damn-near impossible to read.


Snollygoster

Someone that you deem to be absolutely untrustworthy.

Hullabaloo

A big commotion or fuss. A group of people causing a ruckus.

Pentapopemptic

This word describes a person who has been divorced 5 times.

Cancatervate

To throw a bunch o things into a pile.


Whippersnapper

A young individual who gives off an immense feeling of overconfidence.

Cachinnate

To laugh incredibly loudly. So much so, that you almost can’t breathe.

Phosphene

These are those tiny little dots and stars that you see when you rub your eyes.

Ragamuffin

Someone who wears highly distressed and ‘raggy’ looking clothes.

Gobbledygook

This word was created from the sound that turtles make. It is used to describe words that really don’t make any damn sense.

Poppycock

This word is used to describe BULLS@#T!

Lackadaisical

Someone who is being Lackadaisical is someone who shows no real interest in anything. They seem to lack enthusiasm for, well, anything.




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