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Think of yourself as an expert in English? See if you recognise these interesting words

If you speak English as a native or as a second language, then chances are that you are going to think that you know most of the words pretty well. Well, the thing about English language is that it can definitely throw up some surprises in the form of strange words, or words that you might not use on a daily basis.

Want to know more about some of the most interesting words in the English language? Why not take a look at some of the most interesting words that pop up in the Oxford English Dictionary and see whether or not your recognise them, or could work them into a conversation?


Have you ever listened to a piece of music and think that it is more than just a little elaborate and showy? If you have, then you could describe that particular piece of music as being Widdly. This word is an adjective which will describe music in a derogatory way, showing that it is showy and over elaborate.


Now, we know what you are going to say, this isn’t actually an English word. But, the thing about language (the beauty of it, some may say) is that some words can move from language to language, being adopted and used on a day to day basis. One example of this is the popular phrase Hygge. The idea of Hygge is to embrace the smallest things in life and you take pleasure in cosiness and warmth. It is often applied to interior design.


If there was ever a language which liked to use long words to describe the simplest of things, it would be the English language. An example of this is confabulate. Confabulate is a formal way to say that you engaged in a conversation or to put it even simpler, talked to someone else.


If you are using an imprecation then there is a good chance that something bad has happened to you. The definition of imprecation is “offensive word”. So, if you stub your toe on your coffee table then you might utter an imprecation or two.


Do you have someone in your life who is a bit of a pessimist? If you do, then they could be referred to as a doom-monger. The definition of this term is that it is a noun, which indicates a person who predicts disasters. Not the most fun of people to be around if we are honest.


There seems to be plenty of adjectives out there to describe the way that a flame or a light looks. Gleaming, flickering and of course glowing are amongst the most popular. One that you might not instantly think of is Lambent. However, this rather posh sounding word means the same as these other words and can be used to describe a light or a fire.


We hope that you have learnt some more about these slightly different (and very interesting) English words. Why not work them into a conversation and see if the other person knows what you are trying to say? 

In the meantime, for professional English translations services in the UK, contact Axis Translations for all your translation needs.

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