So, you need a few tips on how to write funny? No one knows exactly what makes a person laugh but I do know a couple of writing tricks to guarantee a giggle. First, I hunt in books, newspapers and the Internet for curious words and clever phrases. Then, I use my collection to enrich my writing and keep it fresh. Here are a few examples of my word anthology:
Pronounced (on-o-mat-o-pee-a): noun. The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)
Remember the classic 1960s Batman and Robin TV show? The fight scenes were filled with delicious words like Zoink, Bam, Zap, Whammm and Krunch. Onomatopoeia will add a snap, crackle, and pop to your memoir, fiction and nonfiction stories. Try it.
You Tube Video – Batman Fight Scenes using Onomatopoeia
Originally, Yiddish was a language spoken only by Eastern European Jews. I fancy the look and sound of Yiddish words. They roll off the tongue, smooth and unique, adding the right amount of excitement to a sentence. Yiddish words make your characters unforgettable with spicy dialogue and description.
- Oy vey – an exclamation of dismay, grief or exasperations like, “Woe is me.”
- Schmooze – chat, make small talk, converse about nothing in particular.
- Kvetsh – to complain, whine or fret
- Shtick – a gimmick often done to draw attention to yourself
- Bubbe – Grandmother
- Mishegas – insanity or craziness
Check out “The Yiddish Handbook: 40 Words You Should Know.”
Some words capture your attention and demand to be noticed. I consider these “fun to say” words. They are fun to pronounce, fun to read and fun write. Use some of the examples below in your next writing assignment.
- Effervescent – bubbling, vivacious, lively
- Wasabi – Japanese condiment made from the root of an herb
- Kerfuffle – a disorderly outburst or disturbance
- Boondoggle – is a project that is considered a useless waste of both time and money
- Guffaw – A hearty, boisterous burst of laughter
- Gobbledygook – is jargon or especially convoluted language
Expand Your Vocabulary: Funny Words
C’mon, have some chutzpah and start your collection today. Watch how your writing becomes a better read. Shazam!
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