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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby segmentation fault » Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:54 pm UTC

fallopian and colloquial are 2 words that come to mind.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby english_petal » Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:36 pm UTC

d33p wrote:Yeah, I'm all about mouth-feel. Errr...

I bet you are...
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english_petal wrote:I don't know... do you have quite a strong, multi-faceted personality? Because thats what I guess from your choice of words.

Is "multi-faceted" a euphemism for "schizophrenic"? Because YES.

Schizophrenic works as well =P And that is kind of what I meant anyway - as in different sides to your personality. And strong. And commanding. I think. Are you?

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby d33p » Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:41 pm UTC

I definitely have a commanding presence, by sheer virtue of being a pirate. And rather than strong, I'd say stoic.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby english_petal » Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:46 pm UTC

Pirate? As in eyepatch? Or like Yar? Or like treasure seeking, beautiful girl stealing? Or all 3?

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby d33p » Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:51 pm UTC

The latter. Throw in bandanna-wearing, adventure-seeking, and often grungy.

On-topic: Today's beautiful word for me is skillet. It feels foreign on my tongue. The word, not the skillet.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby english_petal » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:10 pm UTC

d33p wrote:On-topic: Today's beautiful word for me is skillet. It feels foreign on my tongue. The word, not the skillet.

Well, I'd be worried if you had a skillet on your tongue...

My word for today - Otherworldly. Conjures up images of blue swirling star systems. Actually, don't know if that is a word.
If not, then Iconoclast is a awesome word. (Sorry Marz, I know I stole this =P <3) Its an awesome word regardless of whether otherworldly exists.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Maybe » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:39 pm UTC

My favorite words are definately susurrus, Entropy, and anomie. Somebody probably mentioned it already, but if not, how about cellar door?
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby MotorToad » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:41 pm UTC

A few of my favorites from motorsports:
Desmodromic (mechanically operated valves).
Epitrochoid (the shape of a Wankel's rotor housing).

I also like the names of locations taken from Native tongue:
Wewahitchka or Apalachicola.
Osceola (not originally a location, obviously).

And I like the cadence of a lot of Japanese words and phrases:
Hachi roku.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby zylle » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:22 am UTC

i like words that sound like what they mean, like cacophony, ragged and slippery

and i like words that feel good on my lips, like, aesthetic, salivate, mechanism, melancholy, enunciate

(i guess i like sss's and tthh's...i do a lot of tongue clicking in real life, so it makes sense...)

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Maseiken » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:03 am UTC

english_petal wrote:
d33p wrote:Yeah, I'm all about mouth-feel. Errr...

I bet you are...
d33p wrote:
english_petal wrote:I don't know... do you have quite a strong, multi-faceted personality? Because thats what I guess from your choice of words.

Is "multi-faceted" a euphemism for "schizophrenic"? Because YES.

Schizophrenic works as well =P And that is kind of what I meant anyway - as in different sides to your personality. And strong. And commanding. I think. Are you?

Schizophrenia is an entierly seperate mental condition, which is rumoured to occasionally have the side-affect of multiple personalities.

A Multi-Faceted personality has a great deal of variety on opinions.

They are quite unrelated. A schizophrenic may or may not be multi-faceted. Whether or not they had Multiple personailties would have some, but little bearing on this.

IF "Multi-Faceted Personality" is a Euphemism (Also a good wod) for "Schizophrenic", then it is not a very good one.


Also, I'm gonna side with Deadpool and say that "Spatula", "Rumsfeld" and "Zygote" are all fantastic words.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby d33p » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:30 pm UTC

I was being silly, Mas. I know the difference between schizophrenia and MPD, but being the "beautiful word" thread - schizo was a far better choice despite the wobbly euphemism (also a great word).
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby english_petal » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:36 pm UTC

Same lol. I didn't mean to offend anyone...

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Ari » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:46 pm UTC

Engma wrote:I recently had a discussion in my Sanskrit class regarding concepts of beauty, especially in language. The consensus is that retroflex sounds are ugly and nasals are beautiful (even the retroflex nasal). Expressions of love and poetry are expected to have a lot of nasals.

But it's an arbitrary decision why retroflex shouldn't be beautiful.

I think English tends to favor fricatives, especially voiceless ones, but I can say for sure. It's just a feeling I get.


I'd have to vehemently disagree that nasals are beautiful, as I find them pretensious and heavily nasal talking makes me think the speaker is sick. This is probably a personal bias, but hey ;)

As for fricatives: Yes, English has plenty of fricatives and approximants. :) It's really pretty characteristic of the language in fact.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby thejdawg » Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:18 pm UTC

Arbitrary.
Esoteric.
Quivering.
Supercilious.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby goedjn4 » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:46 pm UTC

spinnarette is euphonious, but sambuca is more fun to say.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby JayDee » Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:43 am UTC

I had a Tripod song stuck in my head today, and it made me remember that miasma is a beautiful word.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Marz » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:00 pm UTC

Anointed, Cassiopeia, celerity, cellular, circumcise, cycloptic, divinity, epithet, equanimity, ethereal, euphemism, euphonious, farewell, felicity, feminine, fricative, hyacinth, infinity, lactate, mechanical, monogamy, omniscience, onomatopeia, palindromic, perpendicular, polyphonic, railway, sacrifice, sacrosanctity, senility, sibilant, stability, sterility, sufferance, synaptic, syphilis, tranquility, transcendent, transient, waver, wayworn, weathering, withering.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby kellsbells » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:28 am UTC

stockpot wrote:Oooh! Not exactly English, but I love the Anglicized pronunciations of the names of a lot of the American Indian tribes local to my area. Stillaguamish. Quinault. Puyallup (/pjuˈ(w)ɑːləp/). Klickitat. Chimacum.


Issaquah, Snohomish, and Snoqualmie also come to mind. Oh, and Hoquiam and Sequim. It's just so fun to listen to visitors make an attempt at pronunciation.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby kellsbells » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:32 am UTC

Some others I find elegant:

Twittering, Ostensibly (probably because I say it constantly), hullaballoo (okay, that's just fun), phantasm, conflagration, sophomoric, philistine.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Fargren » Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:59 pm UTC

I like pita.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby marep » Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:11 pm UTC

i love "unfortunately" , "sticky", and "lullaby"

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby goedjn4 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:06 pm UTC

You know, I can't help wondering what would happen if you
wrote a short story, and then set it and a thesaurus in
front of someone with synesthesia and made them
re-write it so it was color-coordinated.

I gotta go find someone who's both OCD and
synesthetic..

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby 4=5 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:23 pm UTC

kellsbells wrote:
stockpot wrote:Oooh! Not exactly English, but I love the Anglicized pronunciations of the names of a lot of the American Indian tribes local to my area. Stillaguamish. Quinault. Puyallup (/pjuˈ(w)ɑːləp/). Klickitat. Chimacum.


Issaquah, Snohomish, and Snoqualmie also come to mind. Oh, and Hoquiam and Sequim. It's just so fun to listen to visitors make an attempt at pronunciation.

sequim is the only one that I know significantly differs

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby a386 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:27 pm UTC

Esoteric stuck out among other xkcdian's picks. Sambuca, too. i can think of some on my own ... "dirigible" is so bouncy. it feels like the tuba and horn parts of a march, its borderline silly. "fuck" is a pretty great word too. not how it sounds, but how it feels to say it. it travels from the front of your mouth to the back .. your teeth and your lips say "fff," then the middle of your mouth and your tongue say "uuh" and your throat closes the "ck." it's guttural almost but it's so forceful, it's like the "ff" is a cannon firing, the "uh" is the ball whizzing through the air and the "ck" is it hitting a wall. it's impact. works pretty well in context, too, using it as an expletive. it expresses anger or frustration pretty well.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby parkaboy » Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:57 am UTC

Tisiphone wrote:Colloquialism

I like to say that ^ I used to use it all the time when I was little, but I didn't really know what it meant. I just liked the way it sounded.



ooo that reminds me, i love saying "antiquated colloquialism" but rarely have the chance to.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:56 am UTC

parkaboy wrote:i love saying "antiquated colloquialism" but rarely have the chance to.

You just need to have more conversations about language and linguistics. :-)
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Justinlrb » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:55 am UTC

The most beautiful word is, without a doubt, sleeves.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby the tree » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:15 pm UTC

Numinous, is a great word, just because it's such a difficult concept to talk about without that word.

Estuary, I love.

Also, although it's a proper noun so it might not count in this game: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; it just sounds awesome.

Buckminsterfullerene, is one of the most ridiculous words I've ever head, it's brilliant in a very strange way.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Annie » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:36 pm UTC

english_petal wrote:
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.


Italian, as we know it, was a consciously created conglomerate ( :wink: ) of the most beautiful words of differing Italian dialects. Some artsy people back in Italian history decided it would be smart to make a unified language showcasing the peninsula's prettiest words.


Nifty, eh?

Oh. And I love the word FLAMBOYANT!

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby jesjes » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:18 pm UTC

"Wonderful" and "Embrace".

And who doesnt love a wonderful embrace every now and then?

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Midnight » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:08 pm UTC

malachite is great.

malachite. and it looks so cool. like primal, kinda. malach.

synapse is great too.

and apocalypse sounds so powerful. even without it's powerful connotations... apoc, pocal, calypse is great. So is catalyst. Catalyst is even fun to type. catalyst.
uhhhh fuck.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Bassoon » Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:48 am UTC

I like breadth. No clue why. It's a great word, though.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby a386 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:43 am UTC

Midnight wrote:apoc, pocal, calypse is great.

ooh, i forgot calypso. calypso's one of my all time favorites.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby JayDee » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:02 am UTC

Annie wrote:Italian, as we know it, was a consciously created conglomerate ( :wink: ) of the most beautiful words of differing Italian dialects. Some artsy people back in Italian history Dante Alighieri decided it would be smart to make a unified language showcasing the peninsula's prettiest words.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby johnie104 » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:38 pm UTC

Cellardoor (anybody here seen Donny Darko?)
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby JayDee » Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:08 pm UTC

Cellar door has been mentioned a number of times already in this thread (which is worthwhile reading, muchos pretty vocab.)

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby MoD » Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:48 pm UTC

Has anyone mentioned copasetic yet? It's a little on the archaic side, but awesome nonethless.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby PluTonyum » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:42 am UTC

whom always sounds nice to me, and it is short and easy to say, though not often heard.
i do recall a Monty Python sketch with some nice words <short stint though google> ah yes, "Woody and Tinny Words" from Monty Python's Flying Circus: Episode Forty-two: Light entertainment war (i don't omit the episode number for the coincidence and the plausible deniability of it coming up on accident)

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby MotorToad » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:44 am UTC

I just thought of a couple of very rare but similar verbs that I've always liked. Surveil (which Firefox doesn't know), and reconnoiter. I can't recall the exact context, but I was reminded of these words when someone on TV earlier today used an incorrect version of "reconnaissance" when the verb "reconnoiter" would have been correct. Actually, I think he used "reconnaissance" as a verb. Whichever, it sounded funny at the time. :)
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby IronyandParadox » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:24 am UTC

I've always loved the word ethereal. It sounds like what it is.
Ephemeral.
I can't think of any more right now, though.
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