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Re: Words you love.

Postby apricity » Mon May 05, 2008 6:43 pm UTC

I was just listening to an Eisley song and decided "crook" is a strangely beautiful-sounding word.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Vala » Wed May 07, 2008 10:13 am UTC

a word I didn't expect to already be mentioned that I love: omphaloskepsis

other words that I love:
grok
coruscate
eldritch
canorous
ennui

phrase that I love:
eschew obfuscation

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Re: Words you love.

Postby studyinserendipity » Wed May 07, 2008 11:43 pm UTC

grackle

more specifically, "the common grackle"
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Re: Words you love.

Postby lastbell » Thu May 08, 2008 12:40 am UTC

onerous

I find myself using this one far more often than you would expect in ordinary modern American conversation. I said it to a 9-year-old the other day. That was fun.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby cyberia » Thu May 08, 2008 1:51 pm UTC

Vala wrote:a word I didn't expect to already be mentioned that I love: omphaloskepsis

other words that I love:
grok
[snip]


I've been reading On the Road and I love the slang they use.

Not sure if they use 'grok' but I've definitely read it in other Beat stuff.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Quixotess » Thu May 08, 2008 2:56 pm UTC

Ululate.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby clintonius » Thu May 08, 2008 9:45 pm UTC

farfenoogan (although I think it sounds better with an extra 'g,' as in 'farfegnoogan')
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Re: Words you love.

Postby goblin_subway » Fri May 09, 2008 3:05 am UTC

Procrastination: to put off a task until a later date.
Perendination: to put off a task indefinitely.

I much prefer the second.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Neris » Fri May 09, 2008 7:28 pm UTC

cunnilingus and cunt. I don't know why.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby skw » Sat May 10, 2008 12:48 am UTC

Another "oh, yes" for "wherefore"; add to that a "gossamer" and a "vociferous."

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Re: Words you love.

Postby kellsbells » Sat May 10, 2008 12:59 am UTC

Pontificate. It looks like what it means... sort of a visual onomatopoeia for me.
A good pun is its own reword.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Air » Sun May 11, 2008 5:26 am UTC

"Undulate".
I don't really know why...

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Re: Words you love.

Postby barysnikov » Sun May 11, 2008 5:56 pm UTC

Expropriation, it's fun AND communist, and most people don't know what it means.

It also disproved that stupid paragraph saying that it doesn't matter what way you write a word as long as the first and last letters are right. I tested with that word, and nobody got it!

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Re: Words you love.

Postby gmalivuk » Mon May 12, 2008 4:53 pm UTC

cyberia wrote:
Vala wrote:a word I didn't expect to already be mentioned that I love: omphaloskepsis

other words that I love:
grok
[snip]


I've been reading On the Road and I love the slang they use.

Not sure if they use 'grok' but I've definitely read it in other Beat stuff.

Probably not 'grok', as I believe Heinlein invented that one in a book.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby dawidi » Wed May 14, 2008 5:32 pm UTC

for some reason, "quasirectilinear grid" got stuck in my head during an internship at a graphics software firm and pops up whenever I feel like thinking of a word that sounds sophisticated :)

//edit: and 2 hours later, this posting is the #1 google hit for that word combination... :shock:
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Re: Words you love.

Postby snufkin » Wed May 14, 2008 7:59 pm UTC

Had to register for this thread! I'm partial to "vocative." I like how you pronounce the O short-o style! That caught me off-guard at first. It makes it sound so nice!

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Re: Words you love.

Postby rustygiraffe » Thu May 15, 2008 2:21 pm UTC

Farce.

The only word that will ever matter.

EVER.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Shakleton » Thu May 15, 2008 6:09 pm UTC

I have a new favourite English Word since about two minutes ago.

It is: Ludicrously

Great! I love that word.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby alasse » Sat May 17, 2008 5:16 am UTC

Esky. Husky. Musk. Tusk. There's a common thread, you see.
And serenity, but not serendipity.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby liza » Mon May 19, 2008 3:09 am UTC

I've loved 'cognizant' lately. So rare to see a Z in Latin-derived word. I appreciate it. The meaning is endlessly useful too.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby kellsbells » Mon May 19, 2008 3:28 am UTC

Preprandial. I just love this word. I was asked to spell it in a spelling bee and have loved it ever since. It's so useful and obscure.
A good pun is its own reword.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Hurduser » Mon May 19, 2008 6:15 pm UTC

goblin_subway wrote:Procrastination: to put off a task until a later date.
Perendination: to put off a task indefinitely.

I much prefer the second.

sigged because you made me laugh!

Edit: Shakleton is one of THEM! :shock:

Also: Hyperreality is an term, which I like.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby superglucose » Mon May 19, 2008 7:51 pm UTC

Cactus. A fantastic word to say. Cactus cactus cactus.

On a related note, does anyone else say the words they type in their head?

Cactus. Oh god, I can't stop saying cactus now. Cactus.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby The_Truth » Thu May 22, 2008 3:12 am UTC

Syzygy = the most AMAZING word ever. sih-zih-gee.

Hoof is also fun to say.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Simbera » Thu May 22, 2008 2:07 pm UTC

My new favourite, as of about an hour ago:

Riant

It means "laughing, smiling, cheerful or gay" and my brother got it by a complete fluke, putting letters in random orders in Scrabble.

Also: cactus is okay, but cacti is better. Tusk is cool, too.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Fishie » Fri May 23, 2008 7:25 am UTC

Perhaps. It starts so strong, but fades away so hesitantly. I love it.
Evanesce. It does what it sounds like.
Asphyxiate. That "x" just makes chokes the word a little, but lets the last bit of air out.

I think that's all for now.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby ascendingPig » Fri May 23, 2008 2:57 pm UTC

Sussuruss. I love that hisssssss of the S.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Artdance » Wed May 28, 2008 4:35 am UTC

Sesquipedalian.

It means given to or characterised by the use of long words. :) Very apt!

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Re: Words you love.

Postby kellsbells » Wed May 28, 2008 5:01 am UTC

Artdance wrote:Sesquipedalian.

It means given to or characterised by the use of long words. :) Very apt!

Your avatar is stunningly cool, I just had to say. Sesquipedalian is a good one, though I prefer sesquipedaliaphobia... you guessed it, the fear of long words!
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Master_Bratac » Thu May 29, 2008 9:37 pm UTC

Thwart
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Re: Words you love.

Postby beastie » Fri May 30, 2008 9:07 am UTC

Rapscallions and shenanigans. Woo!

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Postby Beacons! » Fri May 30, 2008 9:59 am UTC

Scigatt wrote:I have always liked the sound of the word Inverness.


Inver- in general is a pretty cool suffix. I've always liked Invercargil.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby cooldude76 » Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:29 am UTC

I like the word Rawr.... just cause its really fun to say...

Also, i like the word sardonically, because its awesome

also, not exactly a new word, but Hellow instead of hello is something i started doing lately. I got it because i was learning Python from the internets and on basically all of the tuts they ask you to type "Hello World!" and i am a terrable typer, so i mistyped, and then intentionally typed "Hellow Orld!"
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Vanguard » Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:31 am UTC

Melodramatic is a neat word, even though I just forgot what it meant.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby tehmikey » Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:09 pm UTC

I like the word obfuscate. I like its hard consonant sounds. It is also rare to see a 'bf' letter combination in a word. If you know of any other words with rare letter combinations, let me know :)

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Irrational » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:02 pm UTC

Artdance wrote:Sesquipedalian.

It means given to or characterised by the use of long words. :) Very apt!

You beat me to it. :P

On a possibly related note, I like to use the word "esoteric" a lot.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby snafubar » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:37 am UTC

Iridescence has a very nice sound to it.

Antidisestablishmentarianism is nice for its length. Antidisestablishmentarianistically...
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Mercat » Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:11 pm UTC

puddlewonderful
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...There are many more. Incidentally, as someone professed their love for "gewgaw" at the top of the last page, I must admit it is one of my top ten annoyances (in words, I mean).
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Re: Words you love.

Postby gmalivuk » Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:04 am UTC

barbigerous

Which apparently just means "bearded", but is way more fun to say. (The g is pronounced like j, according to the OED, btw.)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby The Hyphenator » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:30 pm UTC

endocrine
ziggurat
exacerbate
leftist
eviscerate
scuttle

These are all particularly fun to say for me, except for endocrine, which is just cool.
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