What makes a word funny?
Does the word jiggly make you giggly? You’re not alone – it’s scientifically proven that some words are funnier than others. Stunningly, there’s research on the subject too. One 2018 study from the University of Alberta set out to find the top ten funniest words in the English language (spoiler: “jiggly” is one of them) and understand why they make us laugh so much. They found that there are two major predictors of funniness in words: those related to the form of the word and those related to its meaning. Essentially, some words are actually funny and others just look silly. Of course, there are funny words being added to the English language all the time; to find the funniest words added to the dictionary this year, we combed through the new additions to Dictionary.com and the Oxford English Dictionary, each of which adds new entries on a regular basis.
You might not know what the word “sharent” means, but you definitely know a sharent. According to Dictionary.com, this word is used to describe a parent who frequently uses social media to share photos or other details about their child. It can also be used as a verb. For example, “He loves to sharent – but he should really check his Facebook privacy settings first.” The specificity of this word is what makes it so funny.
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This is a word that just sounds funny. While you might know a “puggle” as a cross between a pug and beagle, it also a baby platypus, per a new definition recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Want to challenge your vocabulary? Learn these 11 irregular plural words that sound made up.