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Subject index

From life to death, religion to science, recreation to war, the school boys and school girls whose answers and essays comprise The Funny Dictionary have contributed their best (and worst) on all kinds of subjects. 

Much of the time, they have made accidental mistakes; some of the time, they have provided brilliant, albeit accidental, insights.

Here are the students' contributions grouped under broad topics. Perhaps you're giving a speech and want to open with a funny quote that relates to your topic? Perhaps you're most interested in a particular sphere of life, like a priest interested in religion, or an English teacher interested in English? Hopefully, this subject index will guide you to the parts of The Funny Dictionary that interest you most.

You will find the school kids' definitions of the words that we've grouped below by using the alphabetical table of contents at the top and bottom of this website. Words in bold mean there are feature essays about that word.

Abbreviations and acronyms

A.D., A.M., ANZACs, B.A., B.C., B.Sc, C.O.D., D.C., E, e.g., etc., ff., H2O, K.C.M.G., L.B.W., M.A., M.D., N.B., O.B.E., O.M., P.S., P.T.O., R.I.P., R.S.V.P., S.O.S.

Animals

actuary, amnesty, anglophile, anthology, antipodes, antipodes, apiary, ass, bacteria, banter (illustrated), boomerang, brawn, bronchitis, carafe, cataract, caterer, caterpillar, caucus, centimetre, centipede, chameleon, condensed milk, coward, cowboy, cows, crickets, crisis, cuckoo, dogma, dogmatic, dogs, dry farming, eavesdropper, elephant, emu, equilateral, equinox, erosion, etymologist, extempore, extrovert, finesse, fissure, foliage, gender, giraffe, gladiator, goblet, grizzly, haddock, Hamlet, Hibernian, hippopotamus, horse, hostage, ibex, Irish bull, leper, litre, mammoth, marital, marsupial, mayor, menagerie, meteorological station, millennium, monsoon, moose, mosquito, O.B.E., octopus, oculist, opossums, ornithology, ostracise, oxygen, paradox, parallelepiped, parapet, parasite, polygon, polyp, primate, rabbit, rococo, rudder, ruminant, sardine, senator, sheep, singlet, skyscraper, stock exchange, swastika, tomahawk, tripod, turkey, turquoise, typhoon, yacht, zebra, zodiac, zoo

Arts

artery, B.A., etching, fiasco, immature, inhibition, M.A., pageants, pantophobia, plagiarist, poetry, rococo, sculptor, still life, traumatic, yeast

Death

conscription, corps, corpse, crematorium, dead heat, decease, doctors, elocution, epitaph, fallacy, gelatine, guillotine, kindred spirit, life, post-mortem, R.I.P., sceptre, seminary, symmetry, tome

English

active voice, adjective, alliteration, ampersand, author, averse, classic, collective noun, composition, conjugation, conjunction, consonant, defective verb, dictionary, dieresis, ellipsis, elocution, etymologist, facsimile, fiction, figurative language, grammar, Hamlet, hyperbole, idiocy, injection, interjection, inverted sentence, irony, literally, metaphor, plural verb, poetry, polemics, prefix, proposition, pro-, proper noun, prose, reverberation, rhetoric, semi-cologne, simile, sonnet, speech, spoonerism, syllable, synonym, syntax, tautology, tragedy, vice versa

Family

aunt, bamboo, perspective

Food

a la carte, acumen, al fresco, B.C., caterer, caviar, cereals, connoisseur, cretins, filet mignon, gelatine, gondola, gorgeous, hampers, harmonizing, macaroons, marine, omelette, ominous, preservative, sausage, seasons, sheep, sirloin, spaghetti, tartar, unleavened bread, yeast

French

a la carte, au fait, bouquet, connoisseur, cortege, coup de grâce, crematorium, etiquette, faux pas, filet mignon, laissez faire, manoeuvre, pas de deux, tête-à-tête

Fruit and vegetables

artichoke, coal, focus, magnet, mangoes, melancholic, nectarine, P.T.O, pineapple, plummet, polyp, raisin, rhubarb, salt, silhouette, still life, sultan, sultana, vegetable cell, vegetarian

Geography

acropolis, antipodes, archipelago, atoll, consonant, contour, creek, curfew, E, equator, erosion, ethics, Himalayas, import, island, latitude, longitude, maniac, Middlesex, North Pole, oasis, Oceania, pacifist, peruse, Philistines, pyjamas, Seven Hills of Rome, Surrey, Thames, tundra, volcano, weir, welsher

Girls and boys

ass, cortege, gender, girls, ladies, mangoes, Oedipus Complex, spinster

Government

alderman, amnesty, arable, atoll, balance of power, bank holiday, budget, by-law, Cabinet, caucus, communist, conservative, constitution, constitutional monarchy, deficit, democracy, desecrate, devolution, dictator, disestablishment, facetious, gremlin, income, incumbent, Kremlin, laissez faire, land tax, levity, mayor, mockery, moratorium, neutralise, O.M., Parliament, preservative, primate, Prime Minister, pro-, red tape, revolution, senator, socialist, taxes

History

A.D., ancestors, antipodes, ANZACS, Argonaut, Aristotle, artichoke, Augustan Era, barbarian, Black Death, centurion, columbine, consul, Copernicus, crusade, Crusaders, Elizabethan Age, eunuch, facile, feudal system, gelatine, gladiator, hydraulics, Industrial Revolution, Jacobite, Magna Carta, Milky Way, nectarine, Nero, Oddity, Phoenicians, plasticine, proposition, Royal Mint, sausage, Seven Years War, Socrates, speech, Yellow Peril

Home

beds, bowel, budget, guest, homogeneous, hostage, matrix, monogamy, mortgage, period furniture, Phoenicians, pyjamas, Soviet, tumbler

Human body

abdomen, ambidextrous, anatomy, aorta, appendicitis, appendix, artery, bowel, brawn, caterpillar, cerebrum, chronic, consul, ear, facile, goitre, liquor, oblivious, pancreas, paradise, pedagogue, prognosticate, solar plexus, spine, topaz

Journalism

broadcasting, chronic, tabloid

Latin

ad nauseum, anathema, Ave Domine, extempore, ibid, obiter dictum, prima facie

Law

ali baba, alibi, barrister, conviction, co-respondent, coroner, divorce suits, evidence, extempore, feudal system, innate, inquest, justifiable homicide, lawsuit, lullaby, Magna Carta, malefactor, manslaughter, mediator, obiter dictum, recrimination, relegate, renegade, salient, sultan, thief

Marriage

acrimony, adultery, adversary, ambiguity, bachelor, barrister, bouquet, cask, crusade, divorce suits, harmonizing, immortality, justifiable homicide, M.A., mariner, marital, marriage, matrimony, midwife, monologue, monotony, mother-in-law, optimist, polygon, sinister, spinster, tantrum, trigonometry Mathematics: angle, centimetre, centipede, circle, decimal, equator, equilateral, ff., foist, hippopotamus, hooligan, isosceles, line, litre, logarithm, matrix, multitude, nonplus, parallelepiped, pavilion, pentagon, polygon, quadrangle, rectangle, rhetoric, trapezium, trigonometry, trisect

Money

actuary, anomaly, bookkeeping, costume, deficit, disperse, emolument, exhort, filet mignon, heathen, income, invoice, levity, misogynist, monastery, mortgage, N.B., overdraft, pensive, profiteers, prophet, prospectus, stock exchange, taxes

Music

adagio, archipelago, castanet, catarrh, D.C., ff., fugue, goitre, guitar, interval, magician, mandarin, music, oboe, pessimist, reproduction, resonance, S.O.S., sanatorium, scale, semibreve, solar system, sonatina, stevedore, symphony, symposium, syncopation, tenet, thrombosis, triplet, vile

Nature

assiduous, atoll, evergreen, finesse, foliage, icons, reefs, reproduction, sewerage plant

Occupations

actuary, alderman, author, banker, barbarian, barber, barrister, buttress, cowboy, critic, detective, dictator, doctors, editor, etymologist, expert, fissure, furrier, haberdasher, magician, manager, marine, mariner, navigator, octogenarian, oculist, optimist, pedestrian, pessimist, philanthropist, pilot, postmen, post-mortem, priest, prospectus, prostitute, rear-admiral, sailors, sculptor, senator, sheriff, skyscraper, stevedore, taxidermist, vegetarian

Philosophy and society

altruism, aristocrat, Aristotle, augment, austerity, bank holiday, banker, chauvinism, chauvinist, chivalry, circular argument, communist, compliment, contentious, cynic, depopulation, derelict, dogma, employee, etiquette, extravagance, foible, guest, honesty, hygiene, idle, leap year, lie, life, maniac, misery, mobility, necessity, nihilist, optimist, orthodoxy, pacifist, pedestrian, pessimist, puerility, philanthropist, philosophy, politeness, poverty, revolution, Socrates, Stoics, tenet, utopia

Recreation

anglophile, arbitrary, castanet, connoisseur, cyclone, Eucharist, exhilaration, fetish, jigsaws, juggler, lucre, penultimate, repartee, robot, saline, sleeping partner, socialist, tantrum, Wii

Religion

ablutions, acolyte, acrimony, adamant, adultery, amen, anachronism, antipodes, apostle, atheist, bizarre, cataract, celibacy, celibate, Christianity, confusion, conjugation, creator, crusade, Crusaders, deacon, desecrate, devolution, dogma, duplicity, epistle, ethics, Eucharist, faith, fugue, genteel, Goliath, graven image, Guinnesses, hallowed, heathen, hereditary, heresy, holy orders, idolator, immortality, infallible, inflammable, irrelevant, Lent, martyr, miracle, misery, missile, monastery, Mosaic Law, nihilist, opossums, panacea, parable, parsimonious, Philistines, priest, profiteers, prophet, Protestantism, psalms, rabbit, rabies, seminary, synonym, syntax, vacuum, Vatican, Virgil

Science and medicine

acolyte, affectionate, amorphous phosphorus, anaesthesia, anaesthetist, antidote, Argonaut, aspirant, atomic weights, B.Sc, bacteria, biplane, botulism, bronchitis, cataract, caterpillar, caviar, centipede, cerebrum, chronic, claustrophobia, coal, consul, conversation, conviction, Copernicus, crickets, dead heat, decease, diabolic, doctors, dynasty, flirtation, gravity, H2O, hampers, heavy water, helicopter, hereditary, heresy, humour, hydraulics, indiscretion, Industrial Revolution, inflammable, injection, insulators, interjection, interpreter, intoxication, iron, irony, irrigate, juggler, lava, laxity, lethargy, M.D., magnate, magnet, malleable, Mars, memory, meteorological station, meteors, microbe, microscope, Milky Way, moment, monsoon, natural immunity, nitrates, oblivious, oxygen, parasite, pathology, pencil, petroleum, pharmacy, philosophy, phlegmatic, polyp, prism, prostitute, psychology, psychotherapy, quartz, reproduction, rotation, saline, sciatica, seasons, sentiment, solar system, thermometer, thesaurus, thrombosis, trite, turbines, vacuum, water, weight, wind, x-rays

Sport

al fresco, C.O.D., cadet, critic, empire, erg, faux pas, hyperbole, L.B.W., polemics, prose, pylon, refugee, seasons, Socrates, spectre, teetotaller, trapezium

Technology

computer, icons, insulators, reboot, robot, stylus, Wii

Television

broadcasting, cartoon, cereals

War

abominable, admonition, adversary, arsenal, biplane, conscription, corps, envision, guerrilla, legions, missile, Seven Years War, strategy, unamiable, zodiac