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Postby cymon » Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:15 pm UTC

I love the words ostensible and insipid. Although they may be somewhat crude, I also adore using British slang, like the words 'wanker' and 'tosser'. This is odd, as I am a American of the East Coast variety (I'm pretty sure that English connection predates both of those words).

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Postby RealGrouchy » Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:44 pm UTC

+1 on "Natürlich", and also "Gesundheit", because it lacks the religious undertones of "bless you"

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Postby Bakemaster » Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:34 am UTC

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Postby IcyBallerina » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:16 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian


Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia!

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Postby liza » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:57 am UTC

arbivark wrote:syllepsis

THANK YOU for that word. It's wonderful. I have a song-writing family friend who uses it a lot; she'll enjoy it.

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Checkered Past
It's an August night, an august crowd
The music and your suit are loud
We do a tango so low-browed
Onlookers look aghast
You dance the white squares, I the black
Now falling without looking back
I see the mirrored ceiling crack
Into my checkered past

I grew up uniformly clad
Skipping rope and school in plaid
Where when a local girl makes bad
Talk is hard and fast

Well talk is hard and fast and cheap
But truth be told, I lost no sleep
As little minds made quantum leaps
As I made my checkered past

I raised my voice I raised my hem
While turning out my life and limb
I learned the rules by breaking them
My ignorance was vast

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Postby jsd1982 » Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:33 pm UTC

IcyBallerina wrote:
Bakemaster wrote:Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian


Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia!

Is that a fear of 150-legged, monstrously-sized hippopotami? Yeah, I'd put myself under that phobia.

(Not sure what to do with the -alio portion there; is that just filler?)

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Postby IcyBallerina » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:21 pm UTC

jsd1982 wrote:
IcyBallerina wrote:
Bakemaster wrote:Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian


Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia!

Is that a fear of 150-legged, monstrously-sized hippopotami? Yeah, I'd put myself under that phobia.

(Not sure what to do with the -alio portion there; is that just filler?)


No, no, no- It's irony in a noun.

The fear of long words!

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Postby Mei Lan » Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:02 am UTC

Marbas wrote:Defenestration

I'm glad someone said that! I can't get over the fact that we have a word for death by being thrown from a window. Is it so common of an occurrence?

prepone (the opposite of postpone... think about it)

frangible (came across this trying to find the word for a texture of a cookie I had this morning... not quite crispy, not crunchy, not quite crumbly...)

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Re: Words you love.

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:03 pm UTC

Mei Lan wrote:
Marbas wrote:Defenestration

I'm glad someone said that! I can't get over the fact that we have a word for death by being thrown from a window. Is it so common of an occurrence?

I don't know how common that is, but a word in the same camp is abacinate, which means "To blind by placing hot irons, or metal plates, in front of the eyes." It comes from Medieval Latin, which means Church Latin, which means it was probably one of those fun Inquisition torture things.
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Postby eternal luna » Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:53 am UTC

My high school english teacher was a fanatic for techniques, he said this one word so many times it's etched forever in my memory: chiaroscuro.
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Postby Aleril » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:34 pm UTC

I have always loved the word "Plethora" for some reason.

And no, its not because it looks sorta like Placenta, its just a word that hits me in a weird way.

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Postby __Kit » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:49 pm UTC

:mrgreen:
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Re: Words you love.

Postby bod » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:47 pm UTC

Hi y'all,

I'm new here, but felt the need to join after seeing this thread. Looks like no-one else has mentioned my favourite word of all time:

idiosyncratic - I like both the way it sounds and its implications :)
I also like egregious.

I do have another favourite word, but I fear it would be censored...

Thanks!

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Postby zomgmouse » Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:01 pm UTC

Some more words that have recently topped my list:
• wainscoting
• gimcrack
• lackadaisical
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Postby thoughtfully » Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:30 pm UTC

"recondite"

Full of recursive goodness. Thanks to Thomas Kuhn for adding it to my vocabulary.

Some of the anagrams are very good too:

erotic den
entice rod
rio decent
doric teen
nite decor
nicer toed
nereid cot
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Waterhouse » Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:30 pm UTC

Nitwit
Blubber
Oddment
twerk

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Postby tiny » Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:08 am UTC

wanderinggypsy wrote:Schon Weg - Actually two words but you need the particle in there for the meaning I like, which is roughly "almost out of here" ...at least how we used it. :) (Any native German speakers out there to correct me?)

No, you use it correctly. Though I hear it more often with a verb - bin schon weg.

Natürlich - Used as both "Natural" and "Naturally," but is used more like the English "of course" in the latter case.

I have a character who says this all the time :D

Geisteswissenschaft - Actually the meaning of this as "systematic knowledge of the spirit" is really only an English philosophy thing, as no one in Germany knew what I was talking about when I asked about it... :(

In German this term sums up all sciences concerning aspects of human culture (plus philosophy, psychology, jura and theology).
Did you translate it from English into German, or is it a... Germanism (is this the term?) in English?

My favourite words are:
English: Lair, mask, deformity, syringe, suicide, shenanigans and shrubbery.
German: Brummkreisel, Fallstrick, Drehmoment.
Greek: Anthropophobie, Hygrometer.
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Postby Number3Pencils » Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:58 am UTC

I have a list, but it's in Ohio, so I have to go by memory. I can only think of two.

TANTAMOUNT
Isn't it just absolutely great? That's a rhetorical question.

(Re)coagulate
When used figuratively, like, "We [the band] went and ate food, and recoagulated by the stage at 6:30."
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Postby pi-3 orionis » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:18 pm UTC

I don't know if this is already taken but my favorite word is bamboozled. I use it whenever someone bamboozles me. Then I loudly proclaim, "Gah, I've been bamboozled!!!"

. . . bamboozled

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Postby Raldios » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:57 am UTC

Weil in German, no idea why, it's just a cool word to me.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Savage Karate Attack » Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:23 am UTC

bod wrote:I do have another favourite word, but I fear it would be censored...


Doubtful .... "cunt" has already been discussed, I'm sure you can throw whatever you like out there without fear of reprisal.

Oooh, actually, "reprisal" is definitely one I like....


Others:

muumuu (can't believe no one has said it yet)
enuresis (more for the meaning than the sound)
suchlike
anastrophe
autumn (how anyone can say "fall" when this word is a million times prettier, I'll never know)
auburn
bowyer
solipsistic
disseminate
angioplasty
droll
wry
effluvia


I should really sit down and make a list of words I like in earnest. Oh, "earnest" is a good one too....

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Postby Pai » Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:12 am UTC

episcopalian
ballyhoo
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Postby just john » Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:17 pm UTC

Jarlsberg

I can stretch those two syllables over half a minute, loving every second.

(Edited to add: Theodolite )

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Postby DetunedRadio » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:28 am UTC

Gobble - I like the real sound turkeys make.
Chomp - Reminds me of Ricky Gervais' Animals.
Spider - I just like spiders.

Edit: Chartreuse is another. Lovely pronunciation.
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Postby thoughtfully » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:42 am UTC

smarmy :)
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Postby jynjin » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:42 am UTC

Thwart.
Sizzle.
Mellifluous.
Dulcet.

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Postby thoughtfully » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:22 am UTC

Dulcet is good, right up there with limpid. Mellifluous is of similar ilk, but doesn't flow off the tongue in quite so pleasing a way.
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Postby jynjin » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:40 am UTC

thoughtfully wrote:Dulcet is good, right up there with limpid. Mellifluous is of similar ilk, but doesn't flow off the tongue in quite so pleasing a way.


It works if you say it in a lilting manner. :wink:

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Re: Words you love.

Postby caliwriter » Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:37 pm UTC

I am personally a fan of
Putrescence
Contemptible
Verily
and Vaudevillian

Those last two basicly because I will always think of V for Vendetta when they are said.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Ghorthas » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:17 pm UTC

Vestigial(ity)
Fornicate
Fathom
Pundit
Turgid
Tepid
Tranquility
Anthropomorphize

Oh! A word in German I find amusing for no particular reason:
Schwanzlutscher == "Cock Sucker"

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Vanguard » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:21 pm UTC

Shotgun
Manhandle
Cornhole

Y'know, good manly words.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Kudos » Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:11 pm UTC

spanghew

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Beautiful words...

Postby english_petal » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:37 pm UTC

What do you think the most intrinsically beautiful word in the English language is?

Two of my personal favourites are "turquoises" and "anomaly".

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Maseiken » Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:59 am UTC

Susurrus.
"GRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOWR!!!!"
(Translation: "Objection!")

Maseiken had the ball at the top of the key...

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Postby kellsbells » Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:29 am UTC

Phantasmagoric.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby english_petal » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:24 pm UTC

Do you notice how they are all hard to pronounce... I wonder if the beauty of the word is directly linked to the difficulty of pronounication?

Any opinions on this?

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby AKADriver » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:58 pm UTC

I've got a few hypotheses.

In a low-context culture like that shared by English-speaking Westerners, it's considered a requirement to be polysyllabic to succinctly convey any sort of richness of meaning. The longer a word is, the more nuanced its meaning becomes.

Historically, in English, longer words of Latin and Greek origin were considered more prestigious among literati. A lot of modern English vocabulary, including all those fussy SAT words, was built in the 16th and 17th century because of this trend.

A word that's used infrequently lends itself to aesthetic study, because you're less apt to examine it based on its meaning.

For fun, try rephrasing that second sentence with only the vocabulary of Simple English.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby stockpot » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:05 am UTC

Additionally, we might like "harder to pronounce" sounds better just because they're less familiar to us. I think most Italian words sound pretty neat, but would an Italian agree? Maybe not.

I like "soliloquy" "hereafter" and "shallows"

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby english_petal » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:32 am UTC

"suffice" and "intrinsically" are pretty lush too.
stockpot wrote:I think most Italian words sound pretty neat, but would an Italian agree? Maybe not.


I can see the logic in that, and would probably agree that it is a factor, but the few Italians that I know think that their language is pretty sweet anyway.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby liza » Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:19 am UTC

I'm pretty sure the quality of beauty in a word is due directly to the mellifluous flow of that word, related to how its syllables sound together. You simply cannot get a flow with a monosyllabic word. Thus, the difficulty of pronunciation is related more to a pleasing juxtaposition of similar sounds than its obscurity (though the two do admittedly coincide).

english_petal suggested "suffice" for example. This word is by no means unusual and is still pleasing to our ears.

Effervescent, evanescent, halcyon, vermilion, anemone, soliloquy, and mellifluous are favourites of mine. I like using these words. :)
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