Friday, May 29, 2009

And I Thought NY Living was Small...

funny word of the day: yurt

A yurt is kind of like a fancy circular tent.  I have been camping many times in my life and, to be honest, this doesn't look so awful.  Not sure I'd want to live in one but I could maybe  spend a night or two in this thing.

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

yurt            Listen to the pronunciation of yurt
: a circular domed tent of skins or felt stretched over a collapsible lattice framework and used by pastoral peoples of inner Asia ; also : a structure that resembles a yurt usually in size and design

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sentences Using Funny Words of the Day

My friend Michael likes to create sentences using my various funny words of the day. I think it's brilliant, of course. Michael just had ankle surgery and he has to wear this ridiculous contraption (pictured at right) that makes him look like he has a peg leg. Like a pirate.

Here are the latest (funny words in itals):

My friend had ankle surgery and thought it was a little awkward that his friends got him a ukulele player that was a doppelganger for Tiny Tim and a hermit carrying a big bowl of babaganoush.

Ugh... Donald is such a nincompoop. He sits on the couch like a big ol' clump of clay doodling pictures and wishing he could muster up the courage to approach the 60 year old cougar in the apartment next door. He thinks to himself... "Like a hawk I would swoop down and scoop her up."

Who Ya Callin' a Floozy, Bub?

funny word of the day: floozy

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

or floo·zie \ˈflü-zē\
Inflected Form(s):
plural floozies
origin unknown
: a usually young woman of loose morals

I actually prefer these definitions from Urban Dictionary ( because they're funnier:

1. floozy
a girl who enjoys performing sexual favors on men by the dozen, or a girl who simply cannot get enough schlong

sellers called heather and emma floozies, but he later apologized to emma, because it is just heather who is the floozy

2. Floozy
A woman of questionable sexual morals or a Promiscuous Female (Sometimes used to describe a male who is incompetent)

I just heard Erin commenting about having mediocre sex, what a floozy. Chad, you fuckin' floozy, you can't do anything right.

3. Floozy
like a tramp; lady of the night, total slut, she may let you pay her for sexual favors.

You floozy slut bitch, get out of my car. Hey, floozy what can I get for ten dollars?

Don't Mess with Disgruntled Folks

Yesterday's funny word of the day: disgruntled

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry:
transitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
dis·grun·tled; dis·grun·tling \-ˈgrənt-liŋ, -ˈgrən-təl-iŋ\
dis- + gruntle to grumble, from Middle English gruntlen, frequentative of grunten to grunt
: to make ill-humored or discontented —usually used as a participial adjective
— dis·grun·tle·ment \-təl-mənt\ noun
I like how this word was created by combining dis- + grunt to grumble (also both funny words).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Funny Word, Funny Outfit

funny word of the day: unitard

Definition from Merriam-Webster:


Pronunciation: 'yü-n&-"tärd

Function: noun

Etymology: uni- + leotard: a close-fitting one-piece garment for the torso and legs and often for the arms and feet

This was not a good look in the 80s and it's not a good one now. Funny, yes (particularly if I'm wearing one). But not good.

Funny Words to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

Sorry for the few quiet days here at Funny Word of the Day.
We had friends staying with us from out of town this weekend so I didn't have time to post on the blog but, of course, I did post a daily funny word on Twitter ( and Facebook ( as I always do.

So in honor of the Memorial Day holiday, here were my themed words for the past four days:

Friday, 5/22 - muggy
Saturday, 5/23 - kebab
Sunday, 5/24 - sausage
Monday, 5/25 - slaw

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I, for one, found it to be muggy and ate way too many kebabs, sausages and slaw!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Personal Favorite...

funny word of the day: awkward

I use this word often to describe uncomfortable situations. Yet again, this is a word that is described using other funny words, including inept, clumsy, maladroit, and gauche.

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Middle English awkeward in the wrong direction, from awke turned the wrong way, from Old Norse ǫfugr; akin to Old High German abuh turned the wrong way
1obsolete : perverse2archaic : unfavorable, adverse3 a: lacking dexterity or skill (as in the use of hands) b: showing the result of a lack of expertness 4 a: lacking ease or grace (as of movement or expression) b: lacking the right proportions, size, or harmony of parts : ungainly 5 a: lacking social grace and assurance b: causing embarrassment 6: not easy to handle or deal with : requiring great skill, ingenuity, or care
— awk·ward·ly adverb
— awk·ward·ness noun

synonyms awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche mean not marked by ease (as of performance, movement, or social conduct). awkward is widely applicable and may suggest unhandiness, inconvenience, lack of muscular control, embarrassment, or lack of tact . clumsy implies stiffness and heaviness and so may connote inflexibility, unwieldiness, or lack of ordinary skill . maladroit suggests a tendency to create awkward situations . inept often implies complete failure or inadequacy . gauche implies the effects of shyness, inexperience, or ill breeding .

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


funny word of the day: ukelele

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

uke·le·le \ˌyü-kə-ˈlā-lē, ˌü-\
Hawaiian ʽukulele, from ʽuku flea + lele jumping
: a small guitar of Portuguese origin popularized in Hawaii in the 1880s and strung typically with four strings

Instrument is most closely associated with Hawaiian culture and Tiny Tim.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Double Vision

funny word of the day: doppelganger

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry:
or dop·pel·gang·er \ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər, -ˌgeŋ-, ˌdä-pəl-ˈ\
German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer
1: a ghostly counterpart of a living person 2 a: double 2a b: alter ego b c: a person who has the same name as another
This definition from Wikipedia is a bit creepier:
Doppelgänger ( pronunciation (help·info)), or "Fetch", is the ghostly double of a living person, a sinister form of bilocation.

In the vernacular, "Doppelgänger" has come to refer (as in German) to any double or look-alike of a person. The word is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. They are generally regarded as harbingers of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person's friends or relatives portends illness or danger, while seeing one's own doppelgänger is an omen of death. In Norse mythology, a vardøger is a ghostly double who precedes a living person and is seen performing their actions in advance.
As evidenced by the accompanying images, singer James Blunt and actor Jon Heder (aka Napoleon Dynamite) are celebrity doppelgangers.

Monday, May 18, 2009

May Sound Funny but it Tastes Real Good

funny word of the day: babaganoush

For those of you who have never heard of it or tasted it, babaganoush is a very popular Middle Eastern dish made primarily of eggplant and tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds.
In the Levant, babaganoush is a sort of salad made of grilled eggplant with finely diced onions, tomatoes and other vegetables blended in. It is normally served with a dressing of oil and pomegranate concentrate.
Babaganoush can either be spelled as one word or two (Baba Ganoush) but as it has a variation that's one word, it qualifies for Funny Word of the Day.
I happen to love this dip and have even made it myself. I encourage you to try it, but only if you say its name aloud first.
Here's a recipe and more background from
Ingredients for babaganoush
Serves 4 as appetizer
4 large eggplants – whole
6 tablespoons lemon juice – freshly pressed is best
4 heaped tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
3 cloves garlic – peeled
½ teaspoon salt
1 sprig Italian parsley – as garnish

Babaganoush preparation instructions
Cooking time: 45 minutes.Preparation time: about 15 minutes.
The first thing to remember is neither to peel the eggplant not to chop its stem.
Pierce each side of the eggplants with a fork. Place the whole eggplants in the oven and roast them for about 45 minutes turning them over 2 or 3 times.
The eggplants are done when the outer shell is blackened or charred, and the inside is soft.
Allow to cool a little bit. Cut the aubergines open lengthwise with a knife, and scoop out the pulp with a spoon. Put the pulp in a mixing bowl and mash it into a puree with a fork or blender. Discard the skin.
If you use a food processor, be careful not to liquidize the eggplant pulp.
Use mortar and pestle to crush the peeled garlic with the salt into a smooth paste.
Add the lemon juice and the tahini alternately to the mortar, mixing it well with the pestle or a wooden spoon.
Add the tahini mixture to the eggplant puree and beat it gently but thoroughly until the babaganoush has a smooth consistency.
Pour it onto a serving dish or platter.
A moment before serving, garnish the baba ganoush with chopped parsley or parsley leaves.
Serve chilled or at room temperature with olive oil, pitta bread, radishes, and green onions.

Suggested Mediterranean recipes and meal ideas
Serve babaganoush...
As an appetizer with pita bread cut into wedges.
As a healthy vegetable dip with pita bread, flat bread or a baguette. After all, real bread is indispensable in the Mediterranean diet.
In a brunch, mezza or cocktail dip.

A Mediterranean food recipe by many names
Whether it's called baba ganoush, baba ghannouj, moutabal, or eggplant mousse, all variations that respect the essence of this babaganoush are a real appetizer treat.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rhymes with Kermit

funny word of the day: hermit

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

her·mit            Listen to the pronunciation of hermit
Middle English heremite, eremite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin eremita, from Late Greek erēmitēs, from Greek, adjective, living in the desert, from erēmia desert, from erēmosdesolate
12th century
1a: one that retires from society and lives in solitude especially for religious reasons : recluse obsolete : beadsman

2: a spiced molasses cookie
— her·mit·ism            Listen to the pronunciation of hermitism \ˈhər-mə-ˌti-zəm\ noun

According to Wikipedia:

Modern Day Hermits - Information Technology Driven

A growing trend is emerging as a result from the growing popularity of the internet. Computer programmers, hackers, gamers, and other such members of society often spend most of their day on their computers and/or game consoles, and are being referred to as "Hermits". Accurately fitting the nickname, they spend much of their career and free time in seclusion, still interacting to some degree through email, instant messaging, chatting, and other avenues of social networking. However, almost always while sitting alone at home or at work.

My two cents: These modern-day hermits may be likely to have spent their childhood pre-computers collecting and playing with cards like the one shown here.

It's an Anatomical Term

Yesterday's funny word of the day: scrotum

Definition from Merriam-Webster:
scro·tum            Listen to the pronunciation of scrotum

Inflected Form(s):
plural scro·ta            Listen to the pronunciation of scrota \-tə\ or scrotums
Latin; akin to Latin scrautum quiver
: the external pouch that in most mammals contains the testes
— scro·tal            Listen to the pronunciation of scrotal \ˈskrō-təl\ adjective

I kept the accompanying image PC.  You don't need to see a pic to know what scrotum look like, I hope.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Funny-Looking Animal with a Funny Name

funny word of the day: warthog

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

\ˈwȯrt-ˌhȯg, -ˌhäg\
: a wild African hog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) that has large protruding tusks and in the male two pairs of rough warty excrescences on the face and that is sometimes placed in two separate species (P. aethiopicus and P. africanus)

I love this part of the description: "in the male two pairs of rough warty excrescences on the face" -- what the heck are rough warty excrescences? Whatever they are, they sound funny!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Who Doesn't Love Mr. Magoo and Google?

funny word of the day: goo
Definition from Merriam-Webster:
perhaps short for burgoo
1 : a viscid or sticky substance 2 : sentimental tripe
— goo·ey \-ē\ adjective
— goo·ey·ness \-nəs\ noun
This word is even funny as parts of other words/names, such as Google, Mr. Magoo, Goo Goo Dolls and googoo gaga.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

It has "Gag" in It

funny word of the day: gaggle

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry:
Middle English gagyll, from gagelen to cackle
15th century
1: flock ; especially : a flock of geese when not in flight — compare skein
2: a group, aggregation, or cluster lacking organization

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rhymes with Dump (also a funny word)

funny word of the day: clump

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: 1clump

Pronunciation: 'kl&mp

Function: noun

Etymology: probably from Low German klump

1 : a group of things clustered together

2 : a compact mass

3 : a heavy tramping sound

/'kl&m-pE/ adjective

Monday, May 11, 2009

Older Ladies on the Prowl...

funny word of the day: cougar

I don't mean the animal; I mean an older woman on the prowl for younger men. Whoever thought of this term was brilliant. It's now part of the American lexicon and has spawned not one but two TV shows!

These women existed way before the term "cougar" was invented. Case in point: Mrs. Robinson, Stiffler's mom, Joan Collins, Barbara Hershey, Janice Dickinson, etc. etc.

This is an awesome (and frightening) website:

Sorry for not posting yesterday but I was en route from the great Cheese state of Wisconsin back to NY. Nearly missed the plane, btw. But funny word of the day was: doohickey

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Funny because it has "poop" in it

funny word of the day: nincompoop

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

\ˈnin-kəm-ˌpüp, ˈniŋ-\
origin unknown
: fool, simpleton
— nin·com·poop·ery \-ˌpü-pə-rē\ noun

I found this pic of Dubya when I searched "nincompoop." Someone had labeled it "World's Biggest Nincompoop" and I thought that was funny.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Gather Round, Troops!

funny word of the day: muster

Definition from

v. mus·tered, mus·ter·ing, mus·ters
1. To call (troops) together, as for inspection.
2. To cause to come together; gather: Bring all the volunteers you can muster.
3. To call forth; summon up: mustering up her strength for the ordeal. See Synonyms at call.
To assemble or gather: mustering for inspection.

a. A gathering, especially of troops, for service, inspection, review, or roll call.
b. The persons assembled for such a gathering.
2. A muster roll.
3. A gathering or collection: a muster of business leaders at a luncheon.
4. A flock of peacocks. See Synonyms at flock
1.Phrasal Verbs:
muster in
To enlist or be enlisted in military service: She mustered in at the age of 18.
muster out
To discharge or be discharged from military service: He was mustered out when the war ended.Idiom:
pass muster
To be judged as acceptable.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


funny word of the day: doodle

Definition from

v. doo·dled, doo·dling, doo·dles
1. To scribble aimlessly, especially when preoccupied.
2. To kill time.
To draw (figures) while preoccupied.
n. A figure, design, or scribble drawn or written absent-mindedly.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

For the Birds

funny word of the day: hawk

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry:
Middle English hauk, from Old English hafoc; akin to Old High German habuh hawk, Russian kobets a falcon
before 12th century
1: any of numerous diurnal birds of prey belonging to a suborder (Falcones of the order Falconiformes) and including all the smaller members of this group ; especially : accipiter2: a small board or metal sheet with a handle on the underside used to hold mortar3: one who takes a militant attitude and advocates immediate vigorous action ; especially : a supporter of a war or warlike policy — compare dove

— hawk·ish \ho-kish\ adjective
— hawk·ish·ly adverb
— hawk·ish·ness noun

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How are Goblins and Gnomes Different?

funny word of the day: goblin

From Wikipedia:

A goblin is an imaginary evil, crabby, and mischievous creature described as a grotesquely disfigured or gnome-like phantom, that may range in height from that of a dwarf to that of a human. They are attributed with various (sometimes conflicting) abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin. In some cases, goblins have been classified as constant annoying little creatures somewhat related with the brownie.

There are a few other funny words in this description -- gnome, crabby, phantom, dwarf, creatures.

Pucker Up

Yesterday's funny word of the day was smooch

Definition from

(smch) Slang
A kiss.
intr.v. smooched, smooch·ing, smooch·es
To kiss.
[Alteration of English dialectal smouch, perhaps imitative of the sound of a kiss.]

smooch Slang
1. (of two people) to kiss and cuddle
2. Brit to dance very slowly with one's arms around another person or (of two people) to dance together in such a way

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Smart but I Wouldn't Want One as a Pet

I'm in Wisconsin this week visiting my in-laws so I missed yesterday's post (even though, as usual, I posted my funny word of the day on Twitter and Facebook). Yesterday's word was: poop. You know, as in "Everybody Poops."

Today's funny word of the day: baboon

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tastes Better than it Sounds...

funny word of the day: bratwurst

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry:
\ˈbrät-(ˌ)wərst also ˈbrat- also -ˌvu̇(r)st; sometimes -ˌvu̇sht\
German, from Old High German brātwurst, from brāt meat without waste + wurst sausage
: fresh pork sausage for frying

Bratwurst is a pork sausage, both also funny words. Also known as "Wisconsin's Soul Food" due to the number of German descendants who inhabit that state, bratwurst is especially delicious with German-style mustard (no deli mustard, please!) and sauerkraut. They taste best hot off the grill washed down with a hearty German beer. Find more info and tons of recipes here:

I didn't have time to post yesterday but the word of the day was mumble, a personal favorite!