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Humorous verbs – so specific that they’re vague


To hurtle:
To move with great and uncontrolled speed, especially noisily, and risking collision. To hanker (for/after):
To have a long-term mild or moderate desire for a thing. To sidle:
To move sideways or obliquely; esp. in a furtive or unobtrusive manner, or while looking in another direction; to make advances in this manner. To hove:
To float, as a bird in air or boat on water, to move in this manner, particularly when first coming into sight. To burgeon:
To bud, start to grow, to flourish – “the boy had a burgeoning talent for playing the piano.” To languish:
To grow faint, to weaken or lose spirit, to appear languid or sorrowful, to waste away with yearning, to live in a dispiriting situation. To demystify:
To clarify (obscure, clouded, or irrational beliefs); to reduce or remove bewilderment, irrationality, etc., in (a person). To encapsulate:
To summarise efficiently; to isolate the important aspects of a complicated situation and describe them concisely (literally, to place in a capsule). To culminate:
To reach the highest point in a path of movement. To come to a final result after a process of work, decision-making, effort, time etc. To purport:
To be intended to seem; to imply, profess, or claim something by its tenor; to appear to be something. To spearhead:
To lead a movement, attack, acting as a spearhead does on a spear. To teeter:
To rock from side to side, like a see-saw; to hesitate ostentatiously at the point of either committing to a decision or not. To cajole:
To prevail upon someone to do a thing by means of false means of persuasion, flattery, specious promises etc. To peruse:
Many meanings, including: to wear out; to wander; to read; to travel through an area while being observant; to read very carefully or repeatedly; to read quickly, superficially, to browse; to correct, check, or revise a document; to deal with many things or people one by one. To emblazon:
To inscribe or portray conspicuously, as on a heraldic shield; to adorn or inscribe with heraldic devices, words, etc To eschew:
To abstain carefully from; to avoid, shun, stand aloof or away from a person, thing, or activity. To abound:
Many meanings, but most commonly – to be plentiful; to exist or be present in large numbers or in great quantity; to prevail widely. To garner:
To accumulate and store up (as corn in a granary). To dote:
Many meanings, but today most commonly used to mean – to love to excess; to bestow extravagant affection upon; to become weak-minded through love. To impinge:
To encroach upon another’s area of interest; to infringe; to thrust upon. To foist:
To introduce surreptitiously or unwarrantably. To loom:
To appear unnaturally large; to grow in appearance during an approach. To amble:
To walk with a smooth and easy pace. To ride a quadruped which moves both legs on the same side together. To bustle:
To be fussily or noisily active; to move about in an energetic and busy manner; to make a show of activity. To lurk:
To hide oneself; to lie in ambush; to remain furtively or unobserved about one spot. To bode:
To announce beforehand, foretell, predict, prognosticate, presage, portend, augur (especially of bad events). To impend:
To be about to happen; to be imminent or near at hand; to hang threateningly or hover (over) as if about to fall. To contemplate:
To observe thoughtfully; to ponder; to hold in mind as an intention. To embroil:
To involve or entangle in dissension or hostility with(any one); to bring into a state of discord or disunion. To flit:
To move about, altering direction, waver, deviate, either physically or metaphorically. To depart, swerve, flutter, pervert (law). To move lightly and quickly. To fleet:
To float, drift, swim. To move about unsteadily. To fluctuate and waver. To stream, to flow, to dissolve, become disintegrated. To fade or vanish. To flit.

100 thoughts on “Humorous verbs – so specific that they’re vague

  1. as a non native speaker, this video was a chore.. those are exactly the words you'll never learn anywhere if you didn't live in a English speaking country

  2. 3:40ish – If somebody wanted to do a 'Kurzgesagt' pastiche they could call it 'Einkapsulät' (Kurzgesagt's tagline is 'In a nutshell').

    I'm sure there's actual German equivalents of en- and -ate, though.

  3. Excuse me, German fellow here. Although I understood the idea behind the video, many of those words are unknown to me. In the interest of enriching my vocabulary, would you mind giving me a list of these words, maybe with a small explanation attached?
    Thank you in advance 🙂

  4. One of my favorite parts of the game The Starship Titanic was when you're in the Pelorator and the voice says 'No pining.'

  5. And, of course, you have compiled the entire exhaustive list of this literary litany for folks to look up, verb by verb, in a dictionary, encyclopaedia & thesaurus, yes?
    I'd hate to have to report you to YouTube for being cognitively dismissive or remiss in your duties.
    …Literally!

  6. Watched with a smile and finished with a giggle. Nice one Lloyd. I like to collect words too, those which are hardly heard anymore. Whenever I come across a word I'd almost forgotten or haven't heard in years I write it down.

  7. I enjoyed the mental imagery of Hargreaves instructing his brief to prepare a robust defence with respect to his alleged hurtling.

  8. HAHAHA OMG.. I just saw this after all these years of being available.. Honestly I don't care for Monty Python. Except when he would do something like this.
    I'd swear I almost had a memory of John Cleese doing something like this though :P.. Loved it

  9. May I recommend the “no hullabaloo” sign, as found in… China I think? And reprinted and sold on Engrish.com’s store

  10. Overly specific verbs are one of my favourite parts of English and I strive to deploy them as often as I can. Bonus points if a pun or assonance is involved

  11. Dear Lindseybeige – you strike me as the kind of chap who would seriously use the metric "furlongs per fortnight," if only to stick a thumb in the eye of those misguided souls who insist on using metric (which is to say French) units of measure.

  12. Even if my knowledge in the english language is so poor that I wasn't even aware of the existence of most of these terms, this video gave me a lot of silly laughing occasions, just by Lloyd's acting skill. Thank you, Lloyd, you're great.

  13. I often feel the need to lurk….or even better gleep as per the Toadal. Refer to Thurber "The Story Of O"

  14. The choir I'm in has a rule that says 'no fraternising' (the conductor means flirting but she says fraternising, I've often thought of ways around it but daren't say them out loud

  15. Man 1: Hmm should I take these trail
    Man 2: You fool! Don't you see the sign, No Contemplating!
    Man 1: what

  16. Sometimes I catch episodes of the BBC radio show "My Word" on NPR late at night. The English language has some serious lurking words that will blow your mind trying to figure them out.

  17. Why was there a sign for no contemplating on a hiking trail? Hiking trails are the best for contemplating!

  18. I just want to say that I was having a really bad day. It will probably continue to be a bad day. But, the bit about prison made me laugh a lot. Thank you

  19. So sad, I thought I learned some English in school… didn't know a single one of these verbs XD. Well, there's some stuff to put on my vocabulary list…

  20. Glassing – small bits of glass in your face from being hit in the head with a beer bottle during a pub brawl (Jim Jeffries)

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