17 Of The Rarest Words In English Language

rarest words in english

Ever wondered why languages are made so difficult, sometimes so much that it becomes difficult for us to grasp them. Accentuation of words, conjugation of verbs etc have put in a union more than one foreigner who has started to learn our language.  Spanish and German are considered to be the language of the maniacs, and with the words of the mind of a maniac.

The most widely spoken languages have its linguistic pearls. With more than 1,000,000 words in dictionary, English has some of the strangest terms to credit. These are not words anyone teaches you in an English course, and also has no reference in a book or movie. This is precisely why this article is, bringing the rarest words of the language, its meanings and info on existence.

1 SERENDIPITY

Meaning- to discover something by chance but which is fortunately very beautiful.

A list of difficult words was made in 2004 and serendipity was included as one of the most difficult words. The truth: it does not surprise us.

2 GOBBLEDYGOOK

Meaning- a reference to any text that contains jargons or very complicated English words

The honor of inventing this word goes on the shoulder of the American politician Maury Maverick. He was the first to pronounce in one of his speech in 1944. This would really make anyone think of what this man was actually thinking.

3 SCRUMPTIOUS

Meaning- to refer to something delicious, something that lets you suck your fingers

This term sounds like a soup or an intergalactic race, but we choose to go with “suck your fingers.”

4 AGASTOPIA

Meaning- admiration or fetishism for a particular part of someone’s body

The first look may give a hint of Spanish origin, but the reality differs; truth is that their meaning is quite different. It would be better to say it first appeared in the book of immoral English.

5 HALFPACE

HALFPACE of stairs

Meaning- the landing of a staircase like a broad step between two half flights

This really confuses… so here we got you an image.  In fact we had to re-read it multiple of times to imagine how it would practically look like.

6 IMPIGNORATE

Meaning- place as collateral/mortgage/pawn

This word founds common usage in our day today lives and has a Spanish translation: pignorar. We never had a clue about the existence of such a word in our language.

7 JENTACULAR

Meaning- sounds like tentacular but translates to “relative to breakfast”

8 NUDIUSTERTIAN

Meaning- may sound synonymous to a perfect German holiday, but it means “before yesterday”.
Although this is an obsolete term now but still finds it way in some books. Currently we say “day before yesterday”, which is the same thing.

9 QUIRE

Meaning- the measurement of paper, and a quire equals to about 24 or 25 sheets.

God hail English and these measurements… No more books saved

10 TITTYNOPE

Meaning- the small amount of leftover food on a plate, or pudding in drinking glasses
Why so much mind-boggling and pain? Wasn’t the word “leftover” enough?

11 WINKLEPICKER

Meaning- reference to a type of shoe or boot that has pointed toe (very popular in the 50’s)
On pronouncing, this term may sound like of a childish tune, but surprisingly has its name to the credit of snails. The literal translation is “pick up snails”, by the sharp needle used to eat these.

12 YARBOROUGH

Meaning- a hand in Bridge game where no card is more than 9

This truly is not an element of surprise since sports fans have the mania of inventing these new terms day by day.

13 GERRYMANDERING

Meaning (verb): divide (a state, school district, etc.) into political units that give a group an unfair advantage

This word is rare because: Gerry + Salamander = Gerrymander. Governor Elbridge Gerry decided to reorganize the state’s electoral districts to benefit his party. The reorganized map of the area resembled a salamander, and hence was born a very rare word and also a questionable political practice.

14 KERFUFFLE

Meaning (noun): Uproar caused by conflicting opinions

The word is rare because it isn’t something that sounds very serious or like a serious uproar. Literally so, imagine your boss getting into a kerfuffle? No!

15 KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA

Meaning (noun) – fear of failure, defeat, or looking bad

The word is rare because rare because even the trial of pronouncing the word causes fear. Now if someone had to spell it in a spelling bee and he were wrong. He would probably never overcome the fear of failure.

16 BERSERK

Meaning (adjective): out of control with anger or excitement; crazed or frenzied

The word is rare because it had its origin in the old Nordic warriors. They were uncontrolled and therefore became berserk.

17 FLUB

Meaning (verb or noun): to make fudge or spoil something

It is rare because it is curiously onomatopoeic.

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