Words That Don't Mean What You Think

If you've ever wondered why we say our noses run but our feet smell— the English language is a hodgepodge of Germanic and Latin influences, ever-evolving vocabulary and new words being coined every day. So we've complied this list to illustrate some of the more eclectic and eccentric words our fair language has to offer. Which words do you think deserve a comeback?

1. Tittynope {noun} (also: leavings, sliver):  A small morsel of something left over— because who knew that a word with titty in it could describe something small?

2. Winklepicker {noun} (also: winkle pickers): a shoe with a long pointed toe, popular in the 1950's. Check out The Rolling Stones in their stylish winklepickers below.

3. Collywobbles {noun} (also: jitters): this word used to describe butterflies in the stomach originates from the folk etymology of cholera morbus— combining colic and wobble to describe the symptoms of the disease.

4. Dudelsack {noun} (also: bagpipes): Get your mind out of the gutter! The bagpipes were a revered instrument all over Europe, not just in Scotland but in Germany as well!

5. Crapulent {adjective} (also, drunk): From Latin crapula for "inebriation" or sickness from excessive indulgence in alcohol.

6. Mawkish {adjective} (also: sappy): sickeningly sentimental to the point of nausea. Rooted in the Middle English word maggot.

7. Coxcomb: {noun} (also: vain, conceited): A lowly, rude way to describe someone who was superficial in the 16th century. Personally we feel like this one could make a comeback.

8. Rapscallion: {noun} (also: mischievous): Not a hip-hop loving onion but an alteration from rascallion, or rascal for short.

9. Widdershins: {adverb} (also: counter-clockwise): Scottish in origin, also meaning "in a direction opposite than the usual".

10. Zaftig: {adjective} (also: plump): Yiddish words are always the best. This one is rooted in the German for "juicy" and describes a full figured woman.

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