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1. Omphaloskepsis: meditation while gazing at one’s navel.
2. Malneirophrenia: depression following a nightmare.
3. Junkettaceous: frivolous, worthless.
4. Sinciput: the forehead.
5. Whigmaleery: a knickknack or a geegaw; a whim.
6. Cuggermugger: whispered gossiping.
7. Goubemouche: a gullible person (literally, one who swallows flies).
8. Nibby-jibby: narrow margin; a close call.
9. Anaphalantiasis: the falling out of the eyebrows.
10. Quakebuttock: a coward.
11. Humdudgeon: an imaginary illness or pain; a loud complaint about nothing.
12. Floccinaucinihilipilification: the categorizing of something as worthless trivia.
13. Bumfodder: toilet paper; an opprobrious name for a collection of documents
14. Cacophrenic: pertaining to an inferior intellect
15. Ingannation: deception, fraud
16. Ingluvious: gluttonous
17. Philoxenist: one who is happiest whilst entertaining strangers
18. Ructation: belching
19. Vecordious: senseless, insane mad
20. Furfuraceous: covered with dandruff
Note: First published in 1974 and later revised and expanded, Mrs. Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words: Gathered from Numerous and Diverse Authoritative Sources has brought junkettaceous entertainment to two generations of ingluvious writers and readers. All 6000 weird entries lovingly compiled by Mrs. Byrne are “real” English words, legitimized by at least one major dictionary. This is a must-read for literary philoxenists.