Are you a comedy writer? Then you know how hard it is sometimes to write copy that is genuinely funny. Sometimes even the best writers are stuck for inspiration; you just need to fight through the (too) well-known writer’s block. A good way to shake things up a little is to scour the dictionary for a few surprisingly comical words that might spark an idea.
Some words are simply funny, just because of how they sound – and you can use this to your advantage. Have a look at these words and see if they can help you come up with new banter, inspiration and – most importantly – ingenious comic fodder for your readers.
Meaning: “Gotcha!”, “in your face!”, or “fooled you!”
Origin: It derives from the word zing, which means to trick someone. The word was spread by Sheldon Cooper, a character from The Big Bang Theory.
How to use it: I replaced your shampoo with hair dye. Bazinga!
Meaning: Bad-tempered and argumentative, difficult to handle.
Origin: It probably originates from Middle English contek (dissension) and was also influenced by words such as rancorous and cankerous.
How to use it: My landlord is the most cantankerous human being on the face of the earth!
Meaning: Of poor quality, undesirable, lame.
Origin: It probably comes from the work junk, meaning rubbish.
How to use it: Man, I really wanted to holla at those girls down the street but I was driving my mum’s janky car, so instead I turned into that little backstreet.
Meaning: Removing excess body hair (usually around the pubic region) by waxing, shaving, or plucking for men.
Origin: It is a blend of man and landscape.
How to use it: Your back looks like a carpet! Go manscape that rug!
Meaning: Good-for-nothing, a person who is immoral, someone who deceives.
Origin: It originates from rascal, which comes from rascaile – commoners in Middle English. Previously spelt rascallion.
How to use it: My sister is off limits for your friends, I don’t want some rapscallion taking her for a ride.
Meaning: Rumor, gossip.
Origin: It comes from nautical terminology. It was originally a cask used to serve water.
How to use it: The scuttlebutt around here is that her boyfriend is married.
Meaning: The skin around the elbow.
Origin: The origins are uncertain. It seems to be a neologism invented by some American teenagers that was then spread worldwide through the Internet.
How to use it: Who wants to see my wenis?
Meaning: A marsupial native to Australia. It’s around 1 meter long and has a short, broad tail.
Origin: The name comes from the Darug language, spoken by the Aboriginal Darug people, who formerly lived in the area of Sydney where this animal was first discovered.
How to use it: My rabbit has put on loads of weight – she looks like a wombat!
I hope this list was useful. You can find more funny words here. Do you have more to suggest? Let me know in the comments section below.
Elena Manighetti is a prolific blogger. Previously a journalist for news, lifestyle, and entertainment at Giornale di Bergamo, she writes about lifestyle, healthy living, and writing. She writes for GKBC Inc.
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