Theme: Onomatopoeic words
(onomatopoeia = our interpretation of the sound in the form of a word)
1. bombilate (BOM-bi-layt)
verb intr.: To make a humming or buzzing noise.
“The entire building was bombilating like a cicada.”
2. fanfaron (FAN-fuh-ron)
noun: A boaster or a braggart.
“I yelled in his ear congratulations for not spending his egg money on fancy clothes and strutting about like a fanfaron.”
“Well made and thought-provoking the program may be, but it’s unlikely to drag viewers away from the exotic fanfaron that is Celine Dion’s head.”
3. cachinnate (KAK-i-nayt)
verb intr.: To laugh very loudly or immoderately.
“‘Butler’ is so deliciously zany and funny, we cachinnated until our sides hurt.”
4. fillip (FIL-ip)
1. A stimulus.
2. A snap made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it.
1. To stimulate or to incite to action.
2. To make a snap by a fingertip against the thumb.
“Intel splashed out $884 million … to give its efforts in the embedded-chip market a fillip.”
5. brouhaha (BROO-ha-ha, broo-ha-HA, broo-HA-ha)
noun: Noise, confusion, and excitement, especially over something insignificant.
“The brouhaha threatened to create a political firestorm in Ottawa.”