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Re: Words you love.

Postby The_Truth » Sat Jun 14, 2008 4:23 am UTC

The Hyphenator wrote:endocrine
ziggurat
exacerbate
leftist
eviscerate
scuttle

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


No, and yes for the rest. Endocrine, seriously? But exacerbate and scuttle are amazing words :D
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Postby dwana-49 » Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:17 am UTC

I enjoy "ethylenediamenetetraacetic acid" although it is a chemical and thus not a true word. I can say it easily, not something most chemical names can boast. Its formula is:

Spoiler:
(HO2CCH2)2NCH2CH2N(CH2CO2H)2


In case you were wondering, it goes by the acronym EDTA and is a chelate, meaning it binds with metal ions and then becomes relatively nonreactive. It is useful in removing heavy metals such as lead and copper from the bloodstream. To find out more [crazy names for it] go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDTA.

That last sentence made me think of a real word which I enjoy: nomenclature.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby enk » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:02 am UTC

tehmikey wrote: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 :)


"Queueing": Five vowels in a row :)


I like "ekranoplan"... (or maybe I just like the thing).

In Spanish, I like "llorar". As far as you can like it.

In German, I like "trinkwasser". And "stadtkind".



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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sim0n » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:30 am UTC

integer.

rolls off my tongue easily. Don't know why I like the sound of it though :/

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Re: Words you love.

Postby gibberishtwist » Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:23 am UTC

Wherever ridonculous originated, it's a fabulous word that I've been using for years alongside "Ricockulous."

Flabbergasted, first and foremost!
Ludicrous
Valentine
Illuminate
Miasma
Malevolent
Milk
Moose
Tapioca
Akimbo
Tuscaloosa
Wabisabi (Japanese philosophy of cooking: Serenity and simplicity)
Wasabi (Japanese DELICIOUSNESS)
Parentheses
Apostrophes
Interrobang
Umlaut
Piñata
Kumquat (Even though they're disgusting)
Vanilla
Snarky
Brillig, slythe, tove, anything Lewis Caroll created
Indicative
Humbling
Sanctuary
Queer (I wish it wasn't a gay term so I could use it as it was meant to be used)
Flask
Distilled
Genteel
Plethora
Cosmic, cosmos, galaxy, galactic
Continental
Blunt
Hippopotamus
Squid
Chouette (French for "barn owl." Oddly enough, it's come to mean "cool" in recent years, leading to my high school French class referring to things as "tres barn owl")

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Re: Words you love.

Postby liza » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:28 am UTC

Zax: a roofing hatchet. I just love the letters and the sound; it's unfortunately rather useless.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Helicase » Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:41 pm UTC

So far, the only ones I can think of are

gallivant
exacerbate
ameliorate
terminal
guimauve (french for marshmallow, not sure about spelling)

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Re: Words you love.

Postby plumlinden » Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:51 pm UTC

Lovely, pêle-mêle (I know, it's French), pismire, clandestine...

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Re: Words you love.

Postby kellsbells » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:30 pm UTC

I really like:

Thicket
Dirigible
Expectorate
Sparse
Tintinnabulation
Throttle
And many more...

This whole thread makes me think of Bulbous Bouffant, one of the best radio skits ever.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Quixotess » Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:04 pm UTC

Ooh, I love the word throttle. It sounds so much like a noise you might make were you being throttled.

I kind of like "alchemy."

I like Greek words and names. Penelope is so pretty.

And "ambrosia."
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Re: Words you love.

Postby studyinserendipity » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:10 am UTC

bibliophagy :) just because eating books is amusing.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby halkun » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:12 am UTC

Kleptocracy is pretty cool, followed by it's nominal, Kleptocrat.

However, the word Irregardless holds a special place close to my heart. I endear it simply because it drives others up the wall when it comes up.

It's in the dictionary, I can use it in Scrabble, it passes my spellchecker, and most importantly, people know what I mean when I use it.

It's a true word, and it's mine, irregardless of what other people think of it.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Quixotess » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:35 am UTC

Good heavens, it is an unusual board on which you can play "Irregardless." I mean, the board is only fifteen by fifteen, and irregardless is a twelve-letter word. So even if someone did play "regard," and then someone else had the letters for "regardless," and then you had the letters for "irregardless (or I suppose the second person could change "regard" straight into "irregardless") you would have to have some pretty perfect, unobstructed space for you to place that. Really, I don't think I've ever seen a word longer than...nine letters, maybe, on the board in a game.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby halkun » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:52 am UTC

I was referring more towards the legality of the word.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby The Hyphenator » Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:07 pm UTC

The_Truth wrote:
The Hyphenator wrote:endocrine
ziggurat
exacerbate
leftist
eviscerate
scuttle

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


No, and yes for the rest. Endocrine, seriously? But exacerbate and scuttle are amazing words :D

Thanks. :)

Endocrine has somehow wormed its way up to the top of my mind, and stays there. If someone on the street asked me to pick a random word, it would probably be endocrine. Maybe not on the first try, but on the second or third, definitely. That's why I thought it must be worth something. :D
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Hayden » Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:36 am UTC

I favour most the word "ambience", because it sounds like its definition. I also like the word "lexicography". :D

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Postby Kaienne » Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:20 am UTC

This thread is made of so much win.
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My favourite word in the entire English language: surgical.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Some_Random_Guy » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:19 pm UTC

I know it seems cliched and probably scores a Tom Cruise on the Gay Scale (About a 7), but I absolutely love the word love.

A lot of people are hesitant to use it, but I think it's such a pretty word. It's graceful, like dove.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby MadFrank » Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:57 pm UTC

My favourite words are: 'warrant', 'hypotenuse' and 'diagnose'. I haven't a clue why, though.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby MShades » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:38 am UTC

Ignominious
Perdition
Stygian
Pareidolia
Magnitude
Glean
Malevolent
...and many others.

My favorite word in Japanese is なつかしい (natsukashii) which very roughly translates as "nostalgia" but can be used far more flexibly than the English.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby ewige » Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:25 pm UTC

savvy
calibrate
vacuum
cricket
cornobble
ghastly
cantankerous
historiography
conflagration
vernacular
catastrophic

and, one of those words that one either loves or hates: cunt
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Re: Words you love.

Postby HarleyQuinn » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:05 am UTC

harlequin ;]
viva
most (if not all) Latin words. I'm not sure why...
schizophrenic
neurotic
weird. The word itself is rather meaningless, but i still like it

weird list, I know.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sorroth » Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:26 am UTC

Defenestrate
Necrosis
Apotheosis
Paragon
Paradigm

I may add more.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Amoeba » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:18 pm UTC

Xeric.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sorroth » Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:07 pm UTC

Quagmire
Galleon
Valour
Thistle
Onomatopoeia
Gallivant
Mnemonic
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Postby Delass » Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:19 am UTC

OmenPigeon wrote:Callipygian.

The 'pyg' is a fantastic grouping. It should be used more often.

Also, there really need to more fancy-sounding words for telling someone they have a nice butt. For serious.


Is there a similar word to refer to breasts? eyes? hair? etc?

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Re: Re:

Postby Amoeba » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:04 pm UTC

Delass wrote:
OmenPigeon wrote:Callipygian.

The 'pyg' is a fantastic grouping. It should be used more often.

Also, there really need to more fancy-sounding words for telling someone they have a nice butt. For serious.


Is there a similar word to refer to breasts? eyes? hair? etc?


Breasticles is always a possibility. Also, no similar word for the penis, either.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:45 pm UTC

I like the English word "proximity" a lot. It sounds just great and is a big word for such a simple concept :) . Much better than German "Nähe". I still remember from whom I read the word for the first time. Maybe because I had to write it down and look it up the next time I went online. (You know, at the time when one still read newsgroups offline.)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Ati » Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:16 pm UTC

Drivel
Pantaloons
Gondola
Dirigible
Fungi
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Re: Words you love.

Postby kellsbells » Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:24 pm UTC

Oh, I forgot some in my last list:

Histrionic(s)
Susurrus
Foible
Hullaballoo
Masks (listen to the "sks" sound when you say it, it's crazy!)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby MysticalChicken » Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:12 am UTC

I love the sounds of these. Either that, or they're just fun to say.

Vigilante (favorite word ever)
Apocalypse
Vendetta
Ephemeral
Cacophony
Galvanize
Lockige (German for curly, as in Haare [hair])
Muffin (makes me grin when I say it)
Joie de vivre
Taciturn
Asteraceae (daisy family)
Solanum (I got this one and the previous one from the Decemberists' "When the War Came")

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Quixotess » Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:19 am UTC

I love the word "squick." It just so perfectly expresses what it's meant to express.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby MotorToad » Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:44 am UTC

The Hyphenator wrote:exacerbate

I used that word in a sentence, it just happened to be the right word for the moment. My niece went nuts because it was one of her vocabulary words for the week and she needed a sentence for it. I also had the shit the definition on the spot, which I actually managed to get right. :)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby zahlman » Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:44 am UTC

plumlinden wrote:pêle-mêle (I know, it's French)


One sometimes sees "pell-mell" in English.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby ewige » Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:33 pm UTC

zahlman wrote:One sometimes sees "pell-mell" in SHAKESPEARE.


Fixed.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Quixotess » Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:42 pm UTC

Lovely word: persnickety.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby MisterSteve » Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:58 am UTC

I remember me and my mate at school used to spend a good 5 minutes every morning at school compiling the ultimate list.

A few favourites:
Aubergine
Plinth
Borovan
Spankathon
Manouvre
Pickle

I remember he added 'Clin-ton'. That made me laugh out loud. It was an inappropriate time to laugh.

Great googly-moogly reminds me of Zappa, I presume this was the original source? On this subject, The Muffin Man has some of the nicest sounding sentences I've heard. It's aurally very satisfying.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sorroth » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:11 pm UTC

Pillock
Panorama
Analemma
Quandary
Catamaran
Sidereal
Enigma
Anomaly

Also, I just found http://wordie.org. It seems to essentially be a site made out of the same idea as this thread, but with some social networking built in.

EDIT: Ack, sorry about the bump. I really need to pay more attention to timestamps.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby MotorToad » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:01 am UTC

Sorroth wrote:
EDIT: Ack, sorry about the bump. I really need to pay more attention to timestamps.

There's no reason to not revive a good thread.

Unfortunately I don't have a word I like to contribute. I do have a string of words running through my head regarding Sony's proprietary software for their HD video cameras, but not a single one is good. Not a single one.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby BobMacDhonnchaidh » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:05 am UTC

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