Former Chief of staff to the Edo State Government, Mr. Patrick Obahiagbon, has been described by Nigerians as one grammarian known for his command of the English Language and ways of usage of the vocabularies.
The Nigerian number one grammarian has carved a niche for himself at several occasions with the use of jaw breaking words to mesmerize his listeners.
Here, according to Nigerian university scholarships, is a compilation of the top 50 Jaw breaking words ever used by the grammarian and their meanings:
WORDS AND MEANING
- Gargantuan –extremely large
Bugaboo – an object of fear
Pooh-pooh – Dismiss as being foolish or impractical
Perfidy – deceitful or untrustworthy
Repugnant – extremely distasteful and unacceptable
Insalubrious – unwholesome and unhealthy
Odoriferous – having an odor.
Sardonic – Scornfully mournful or cynical
Lugubrious – mournful, sad, dismal
Obfuscate – To make something less clear and more difficult to understand.
Cascading – a large amount of something hanging down
Malodorous – smelling very unpleasant
Termagant – a woman who is very strict and who tries to tell people to do things in an unpleasant
Paraplegic – A person who suffers from paraplegia
Crinkum-crankum – Elaborate or detailed (archaic)
Empyrean – literary relating to Heaven
Conundrum – A confusing problem or question that is too difficult to solve
Alacrit – great willingness or enthusiasm
Tinge– to add a small amount of color to something
Braggadocio – Boost full or arrogant behavior
Megalomania – a mental illness or condition in which somebody has an exaggerated belief in their own importance or power.
Mendacious – Not telling the truth
Mores – the customs of a society
Rosicrucian – a member of a secretive society concerned in the study of metaphysical, mystical and alchemical lore.
Hierophants – A person especially a priest who interprets sacred or esoteric mysteries
Objurgates – rare and severe
Indubitable – impossible to doubt and unquestionable
Egregious – Outstandingly bad and shocking.
Vaudeville – a type of entertainment popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,that includes singing,dancing
Audacious – lacking respect, impudent
Ratiocination– The forming of judgment by a process of logical reason
Ballyhoo – extravagant publicity
Quagmire – a complex or difficult situations
Phantasmagoria – a sequence of imaginary images
Plummeted – to fall from a high level or position
Sui Generis – Unique
Ferocious – Fierce, cruel or violent.
Miasma – an unpleasant smell
39.Apotheosis – the highest point in the development of something
Excrescence – an unattractive or superfluous feature
Mobocracy – rule or domination by the masses
Proclivities – An inclination or predisposition
Kakistocracy – Government under the control of a nation’s worst or least-qualified citizens
Lampoon – public satire or ridicule
Déjà vu – a feeling of having already experienced the present situation(FRENCH)
Recumbent – Inactive, Idle.
Terminus – The end of something
Perfidy – The act of violating a promise, faith or vow
Mephistophelean – wicked
Jiggery-pokery – Tricky, misrepresentation and manipulation.