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Which of these typefaces do you think Hitler preferred?
Toynbee tiles found in downtown Washington, D.C.
The Voynich manuscript is written in an undeciphered script.
Antiqua–Fraktur dispute A dispute over which typeface was more "German". At first, the Nazis were for Fraktur...
Apples and oranges According to scholars, comparing the two may be easier than previously thought.
Arcaicam Esperantom How do you make things look "old" in an constructed language? By inventing a new one!
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo
buffalo Buffalo buffalo
A meaningful, grammatical construction that has inspired linguists to talk about bullying amongst New York's bison population.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously A sentence contrived by Noam Chomsky to demonstrate that a sentence can be grammatical yet nonsensical.
Controversies about the word "niggardly" How a simple word can cause so much controversy.
Cryptophasia The secret language of identical twins, also called idioglossia.
Disambiguation (disambiguation) For when you're really not sure what you mean.[disambiguation needed]
Dord A nonexistent English word, supposedly meaning "density", which was listed in the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary from 1935 to 1939.
The Dozens A usually good-natured African American ritual in which two competitors, usually male, exchange trash-talk until one has no comeback.
Engrish Attempts by East Asian people – especially the Japanese – to construct English words and phrases.
Etaoin shrdlu Cryptic echoes from the days of hot metal typesetting.
Faggin-Nazzi alphabet What? That's its real name. What did you think it was about?
Faux Cyrillic Give text some of that Яussiaи flavour.
Fictitious entry The content may be fictitious, but the entry is a fact.
Fnord Deliberately misleading, irrelevant or false information meant to suggest conspiracy. A popular word among Discordians.
Ghoti As good an argument as any for English spelling reform.
How now brown cow A way to greet those well versed in rhetoric.
Hyphen War A dash between communism and independence.
Inherently funny word Some influential comedians have long regarded certain words in the English language as humorous because of their sound or resemblance to other words. Poodle, wankel, ni...
Intentionally blank page The self-refuting meta-reference that is "This page intentionally left blank".
James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher Repetition gone wrong.
Latin profanity Latin for the profane.
Featured article List of English words containing Q not followed by U A Scrabbler's dream article.
Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den A 92-character poem written in Classical Chinese, in which every syllable has the sound "shi" (in different tones) when read in modern Mandarin Chinese.
List of ethnic slurs Ever wondered why they got so angry at you?
List of lists of lists Lists which list lists, also list lists.
List of English words without rhymes Does anything rhyme with orange? Or silver?
Longest word in English Floccinaucinihilipilification, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and other contenders.
Mamihlapinatapai The Guinness World Record holder for the "most succinct word".[1]
Martian language Chinese language + Internet = new language.
Maternal insult What is this article about? Your mom!
Metal umlaut Gïvë thë lögö för ÿöür hëävy mëtäl bänd ä töügh Gërmänïc fëël.
Phaistos Disc Ancient spirals of undeciphered hieroglyphs.
Placeholder name You know, thingamajigs, doohickeys, whatchamacallits...
Pompatus All Steve Miller's fault.
RAS syndrome ...which is itself an example of RAS.
Russenorsk A Slavic-Scandinavian hybrid that lasted only 150 years.
Robert Shields You think you are hooked on recording every detail of your life..?
Shit happens A statement of philosophical existentialism boiled down to two words.
Thinking about the immortality of the crab A colorful Spanish idiom for daydreaming; try using this one if your teacher notices you becoming inattentive in class.
Toynbee tiles Tiles found embedded in asphalt, usually sporting cryptic messages.
Unknown unknown Things that we don't know we don't know.
Two-letter English words Yo! If ya et an ox or a zo, ya be sayin’ ow.
Voynich manuscript An undeciphered illustrated book written six hundred or so years ago, by an anonymous author using an unidentified alphabet.

Weird names[edit]

Praise-God Barebone Christened Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone; not to be confused with Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon.
Cesar Chavez Formerly Scott Fistler, this white, right-wing, pro-business politician changed his name to match the Hispanic, left‑wing labor activist in an attempt to get more votes.
Mansfield Smith-Cumming The first head of MI6, whose name became appropriate as he promoted the use of semen as invisible ink.
Cox–Zucker machine Algorithm named after its inventors.
Deportivo Wanka An unfortunately named Peruvian football team whose strips are remarkably popular in Britain.
Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft An officials' association in pre-war Vienna, Austria of a shipping company for transporting passengers and cargo on the Danube.
John le Fucker His surname probably didn't mean what you think it might mean.
Argélico Fucks A Brazilian footballer with a socially problematic last name. An unforgettable newspaper headline once declared "Fucks Off to Benfica".
Gregor Fučka A Slovenian-born Italian basketball player with a similar problem.
Tiny Kox A Dutch politician.
Jennifer 8. Lee A former New York Times reporter whose middle name is the number eight.
Leone Sextus Tollemache Or Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache to his friends.
List of examples of Stigler's law Bode didn't discover Bode's Law, Pascal didn't discover Pascal's Triangle and Arabic numerals aren't Arabic.
List of people with reduplicated names ...such as Boutros Boutros-Ghali and (see below) Neville Neville.
Seán Dublin Bay Rockall Loftus An Irish politician who changes his name to emphasize political affiliations.
Pro-Life (politician) An American who did the same.
Mannanafnanefnd A committee in Iceland that determines whether a name is suitable for integration into the Icelandic language. Apparently voted yes about themselves.
Neville Neville The father of English footballers Phil Neville and Gary Neville.
Richard Plantagenet Campbell Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos A warning to us all about taking double-barrelled surnames too far...
States Rights Gist A Confederate general during the US Civil War.
Thursday October Christian I The son of Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny on the Bounty.
Tokyo Sexwale Despite not being Japanese or a sperm whale, he has control over the global diamond industry.
Wolfe+585, Senior Longest name ever given.
  1. ^ Matthews, Peter; McWhirter, Norris, eds. (1994). The Guinness Book of Records. Bantam Books. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-553-56561-4.