Aardvark:  nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites

Argy-bargy:  a lively discussion; argument; noisy quarreling

Argle-bargle:  meaningless arguments; worthless chatter

Balderdash:  trivial nonsense

Ballyhoo:  flamboyant, exaggerated, or sensational promotion or publicity; excited promotion

Ballyrag:  to bully

Bamboozle:  to conceal one’s true motives by feigning good intentions; trick

Beelzebub:  devil

Blatherskite:  foolish gibberish

Bloviate:  to talk at length in an inflated and empty way

Bodacious:  attractive, noteworthy, excellent

Bootylicious:  having strong sexual appeal; red-hot; voluptuous

Boondoggle:  a scheme that wastes time and money

Borborygmus:  intestinal rumblings

Bouffant:  puffed out; popular hairstyle in the 50’s and 60’s

Brouhaha:  hubbub, uproar, a confused disturbance

Bupkis:  nothing at all

Bumbershoot:  umbrella

Bumfuzzled:  confused, perplexed, flustered

Bunghole:  the hole in a cask or barrel that you pour the liquid through; slang for anus

Bunkum:  insincere or foolish talk; nonsense

Cacophony:  loud, confusing, disagreeable sounds

Canoodle:  fondle or pet affectionately

Cattywampus (or Catawampus):  askew; awry

Chattanooga:  a city in eastern Tennessee

Chimichanga:  a crisp, often deep-fried tortilla containing a spicy filling of pork, chicken, etc.

Chutzpah:  supreme self-confidence

Cockamamie:  ridiculous; implausible

Codswallop:  nonsensical talk or writing; rubbish; tripe

Collieshangie:  squabble; brawl

Collywobbles:  bellyache

Crapulous:  showing the effects of drunkenness

Curmudgeon:  a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas

Crusty:  having a hardened crust as a covering; gruff

Dagnabbit:  old-fashioned word used to express anger or surprise; substitute for damn it

Dillydally:  to waste time by loitering or delaying

Dinky:  small and insignificant

Diphthong:  the sound of two vowels joined together in a single syllable

Discombobulated:  thrown into confusion

Dongle:  a piece of hardware that connects a computer to another device

Doodlesack:  bagpipes

Doofus:  a stupid, incompetent, or foolish person

Doohickey:  what you call something when you can’t remember its name

Doozy:  something extraordinary, outstanding, not normal

Doppelganger:  a ghostly counterpart of a living person; double; alter ego

Eeksie-peeksie:  absolutely equal or even

Erf:  a plot of land usually about half an acre

Erstwhile:  belonging to some prior time; in the past

Fancy-pants:  overly fancy with little function; newfangled; complicated

Fanty-sheeny:  someone or something that overly fancy or ostentatious

Fard:  to paint the face with cosmetics; to gloss over

Fiddle-faddle:  trivial nonsense (balderdash)

Fizzy:  hissing and bubbling

Flabbergasted:  shocked; overcome with amazement

Flapjacks:  pancakes

Flea-bitten:  run-down, decrepit

Flibbertigibbet: a chattering or flighty, light-headed person

Flimflam:  deception; fraud

Floozy:  streetwalker, prostitute

Flummery: an empty compliment; soft jelly or porridge

Flummox:  puzzled, perplexed, baffled

Frazzled:  in a state of physical or nervous fatigue or agitation

Frigorific:  causing cold, chilling

Frippery:  something showy, frivolous, or nonessential; ostentatiously elegant

Frou-frou:  very showy or fancy; frilly ornamentation

Frumpy:  primly out of date, dowdy

Fubsy:  fat and squat

Fuddy-duddy:  a person who is old-fashioned and fussy

Futz:  waste time; fiddle with

Galore:  in abundance

Gardyloo:  a warning cry (originally when discarding waste out of a window above)

Gawky:  awkward, clumsy

Gerrymander:  to divide an area into political units to give special advantages to one group

Gibberish:  unintelligible talking

Gobbledygook:  gibberish

Gobsmacked:  utterly astounded

Godwottery:  affectedly elaborate speech-writing (“purple prose”) or gardening

Golly: used to express surprise or delight

Gubbins:  fish scraps; any bits and pieces; gadgets

Haberdashery:  a men’s clothing store

Hanky-panky:  suspicious activity; frivolous sexual behavior

Heeby-jeebies:  jitters; creeps

Hemidemisemiquaver:  sixty-fourth note

Herky-jerky:  characterized by irregular or unpredictable movements or style

Higgledy-Piggledy:  in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter

Hobbledehoy:  an awkward or gawky youth

Hodgepodge:  a motley assortment of things

Hogwash:  nonsense

Hoi polloi:  the common people, the masses

Hoity-toity:  marked by an air of assumed importance; highfalutin; pretentious

Hoodwinked:  deceived

Hooligan:  a violent young troublemaker, sometimes in a gang

Hoosegow:  jail

Hootenanny:  a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and sometimes dancing

Hornswaggle:  deceive, dupe, betray

Hullaballoo:  great noise or excitement; uproar

Humdinger:  a striking or extraordinary person or thing

Insouciance:  lighthearted unconcern; nonchalance

Jiffy:  a very short time

Jinky:  swift-footed and elusive

Jujube:  a fruit-flavored gumdrop or lozenge

Kerfuffle:  a disorderly outburst or tumult

Klutz:  a clumsy person

Kumquat:  a small, oval citrus fruit

Kvetch:  to complain often or constantly

Lickspittle:  someone who reveres authority; a brown-noser

Lilliputian:  small; miniscule (like the Lilliputians in “Gulliver’s Travels”)

Lollygag:  loiter, lounge, loaf, linger

Loofah:  a sponge consisting of the fibrous skeleton of the fruit of a loofah

Loquacious:  excessively talkative; wordy

Lugubrious:  excessively mournful

Mollycoddle:  pamper, spoil, indulge

Monkeyshines:  a frivolous or mischievous prank

Moonshine:  whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash

Mugwump:  a politically independent person with no party loyalty

Mumbo-jumbo:  complicated activity or language usually intended to obscure and confuse

Namby-Pamby:  lacking in character or substance; weak; indecisive

Naugahyde:  used for vinyl-coated fabrics (trademarked name)

Nincompoop:  a stupid, foolish person

Ninnyhammer:  a fool or simpleton, a ninny

Onomatopoeia:  using words that imitate the sound they denote

Oopsy-daisy:  used to express encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted

Ornery:  crabby

Peccadillo:  a slight offense

Pecksniffian:  unctuously hypocritical (from the Dickens character Seth Pecksniff)

Perfidious:  faithless; disloyal

Persnickety:  overparticular, fussy

Pfeffernusse:  a gingerbread biscuit traditionally served around Christmas time

Phantasmagorical:  describing a bizarre and fantastic combination of optical effects and illusions

Phlegmatic:  having or showing a slow and stolid temperament

Piffle:  trivial nonsense

Pizazz:  showy or charismatic style; glamour

Polliwog:  tadpole

Poppycock:  foolish nonsense

Prestidigitator:  magician, illusionist

Pusillanimous:  lacking courage and resolution: marked by contemptible timidity

Quiddity:  the essence of a thing; the element that makes it what it is

Quirky:  odd, offbeat, strikingly unconventional

Ragamuffin: someone (usually a child) dressed in ragged dirty clothes

Rambunctious:  boisterous, unruly

Ramshackle:  appearing ready to collapse; rickety

Rapscallion:  a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel; one who is playfully mischievous

Razzmatazz:  razzle-dazzle; a confusing or colorful often gaudy action or display

Rutabaga: a cruciferous plant with a thick bulbous edible yellow root

Sassafras: an eastern North American tree in the laurel family or the flavor derived from its bark (like rootbeer)

Scalawag: a rascal; amusingly mischievous, not harmful

Schenectady:  a town in NY not far from Albany

Schmooze: friendly talk in order to impress; to network

Scrumptious: delicious

Scurvy:  a condition caused by a vitamin C deficiency

Scuttlebutt: rumor; gossip

Serendipity: good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

Shenanigans:  mischievous behavior

Sheboygan: a town in Wisconsin known for its brat-fest parade

Shuttlecock: badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers

Skanky:  disgusting, repelling, revolting

Skedaddle: to leave hurriedly

Slumgullion: weak, tasteless stew

Smellfungus: A habitual fault-finder, complainer, grumbler

Smicker:  to ogle and smile amorously (to smicker at)

Snaggletooth: an irregular or projecting tooth

Snarky:  irritable, testy, short

Snickersnee:  a large knife; a knife fight

Snollygoster: a shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician

Snooker:  Fool or dupe / a type of pool game

Snool: to bully someone into submission

Snooty:  overly conceited or arrogant; stuck-up

Sozzled: drunk

Spelunking:  cave exploration

Spiffy: marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners; dapper; snappy

Squeegee: a t-shaped tool to remove water from windows and floors

Stumblebum: a clumsy person

Supercilious:   arrogant, haughty, or disdainful

Swanky:  fashionably elegant; ostentatious

Syzygy: when 3 celestial bodies are lined up in a row

Tarradiddle:  a trivial lie

Tittle:  the dot that appears over the letter “i”

Tittynope:  leftover; a small quantity

Tomfoolery:  foolish or senseless behavior

Twaddle:  to talk in a silly manner, like one whose faculties are decayed

Twinkie:  a delicious finger-shaped golden sponge cake with white synthetic cream filling; an attractive young man

Ubiquitous:  being present everywhere at once

Unctuous:  smooth and greasy in texture or appearance; characterized by a smug, ingratiating, or false earnestness or spirituality

Vomitory: a passage allowing entrance or exit from an auditorium or stadium

Wabbit:  weary, exhausted; also what Elmer Fudd calls Bugs Bunny

Widdershins: something moving in the wrong direction; counter-clockwise

Wiener Schnitzel:  a thin breaded veal cutlet

Woebegone: sad

Whimsical: determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason

Whippersnapper: what an older person might call a young, overly confident person

Whirligig:  a toy that spins around, like a pinwheel; also a beetle that swims in circles on the water

Williwaw: a sudden violent gust of cold air blowing offshore; a violent commotion

Wimpled:  blindfolded

Wishy-washy:  a feeble quality in a person; unable to make a decision; lacking strength or boldness

Yeasty:  exuberantly creative; zestful; of or resembling or containing yeast

Yooper: nickname for residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (you have to earn it)

Zaftig: having a full, rounded figure

Zamboni:  an ice resurfacing machine (trademark)

Zanzibar: an island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa

Zing:  an enjoyably exciting or stimulating quality

Zippy: quick and energetic

Zyzzyx: a monospecific genus of sand wasp named after the sound they make