The English language is filled with wonderful compound and metaphorical words like “slaphappy” and “scatterbrained” to describe emotions. The right emotional term can visually describe just precisely how you are feeling. You’ve probably heard people use words like “birdbrained” when they feel like they did something dumb or “bamboozled” when they feel like they just got duped. Here’s a list of 15 more great (and real!) emotional words you’ve probably felt but haven’t used. We should totally be using these more often!
Meaning: Getting tricked into believing or doing something.
Using it: I thought trading my snowboard for a fridge full of Pilsner was good a trade. When I realized the bottles were filled with dirt, I felt completely hornswoggled.
Meaning: Utterly confused.
Using it: He was bumfuzzled when she told him it all stemmed back to his halitosis. “But I brushed last week,” he said to her, pleadingly.
Meaning: Intentionally lonely as a troglodyte, a person who lived all by him or herself in a cave.
Using it: After my crazy workday, I prefer a troglodytic evening. So what if they call me a hermit? Origami in solitude soothes me.
Meaning: Completely duped.
Using it: By the time I realized that my college wasn’t accredited, all I could do was feel flimflammed. And broke.
Meaning: Stupid or doltish.
Using it: The moment I realized I forgot to wear pants to work was the moment I truly felt bubbleheaded.
Meaning: Dazed and stupefied, as if just having taken several blows to the head.
Using it: Being dumped for the third time in three straight weeks left him punch-drunk. Introspection was on the horizon.
Meaning: Cheerful and merry.
Using it: Stealing bubbles from kids so that I can enjoy them for myself makes me feel simply blithesome.
Meaning: Reckless, disorganized, and out of control.
Using it: I always feel so uptight at work, so I prefer to live harum-scarum on the weekends.
Meaning: Jealous and distrustful.
Using it: Green-eyed after the Miami Heat won again, he determined he would do anything it takes to be back in the spotlight.
Meaning: Playful and full of fun.
Using it: For whatever reason, every time our boss brings out those big white balloons, we transform from absolutely mundane to completely frolicsome.