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Re: Cool word list

Postby Hentzau » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:45 am UTC

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Ideosyncratic
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Indelible
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Ephemeral

Those ones are pretty awesome.

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Re: Cool word list

Postby felltir » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:51 am UTC

I've always loved rhythm.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:53 am UTC

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Re: Cool word list

Postby eternal luna » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:53 am UTC

'Maw'.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Zak » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:08 am UTC

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Labrynthine

My favorite word right now is 'jerk' though.
A well placed jerk can work wonders.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby eternal luna » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:44 am UTC

Ooh, thought of a few more:
lachrymose
lactescence
piscivorous
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Re: Cool word list

Postby |Erasmus| » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:59 am UTC

my favourite word is qualtagh.

I explained what it meant to my uncle at christmas one time. He thought I was very strange.

Xenium is also good. neither are recognised as real words by firefox, which also appears to be using ridiculous american spelling for some reason.

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Re: Cool word list

Postby Meowgan » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:06 am UTC

You need to download the Australian dictionary extension.

I like dresstitute. The state of having a full wardrobe but nothing to wear. I doubt it's a real word.

And Kinnear. To Kinnear someone is to sneakily take a photo of them with your camera held out of sight while not looking in the viewfinder.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby kinigget » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:19 pm UTC

actually there was already a word for that. "snapshot", seriously, it came from the hunting term for taking a shot without looking. It transferred to photography because the original kodak "brownie" camera did not have a viewfinder.

I'm done being word-geeky now.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Meowgan » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:21 pm UTC

Kinnear isn't in the dictionary yet, but it will be. A hoard of angry knitters will make sure of that.

EDIT: Kinnearing is more to do with the "trying to take a photo of someone without them looking" than the you not looking at your camera. The you not looking at your camera is all part of the attempt to not look suss.

But that's a cool origin.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Zak » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:23 pm UTC

Angry knitters? Pffft, throw 'em some yarn, they'll be as happy as kittens.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Alder » Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:05 pm UTC

Glee
Schadenfreude
Scunner

Scunner may be my favourite word ever, it's so versatile. Something or someone can be a scunner, you can be scunnered, or theres just the interjection "Scunners!" when something isn't going your way...
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Monika » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:56 pm UTC

curious and questioning wrote:whimsical! hyperbolic! quintessence!
All of these words amuse me greatly. Found out about quintessence(quintessential was the form, I think) in fifth grade when the people who already knew all of the normal spelling words were allowed to find random ones from the dictionary to study. A teacher praised its use in a review in seventh grade. I still go out of my way to use it.

I like quintessence :-)

But it's really easy to spell, don't you think?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monkey_Lou » Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:19 pm UTC

Has anyone mentioned "Cellar door" yet?

And it’s off Donnie Darko before u start googling it ;)

I some times think of a way to turn it into a girls name for my kids, or would have be really cruel?

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:27 am UTC

What do you like about "cellar door"?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Warlocke » Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:48 pm UTC

motley
machinima
autodidact
pteradactyl
rampant
kinesthetic
kyrie eleison
serenity
snark
onomatopoetic
elegiac


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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monkey_Lou » Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:01 pm UTC

I just love the way it rolls of your tongue...
Ok, mabey not an interesting answer but an honest one :)

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Nosferatu » Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:25 am UTC

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-Androgynous
-Temptation
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Dezign » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:03 am UTC

Monika wrote:What do you like about "cellar door"?

It's probably got something to do with phonoaesthetics. There's a word that's something of its own inverse; I doubt anyone would vote fohno-astheticks for its own contest.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby -KF- » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:32 am UTC

Ort
Masticate
Floccinoccinihilipilification (tops all)
Spelunking
Machinations
Rhombicosidodecahedron
Zanzibar
Befuddled

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:24 pm UTC

Dezign wrote:
Monika wrote:What do you like about "cellar door"?

It's probably got something to do with phonoaesthetics. There's a word that's something of its own inverse; I doubt anyone would vote fohno-astheticks for its own contest.

Weird. Cool, but weird.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby BrainMagMo » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:03 am UTC

hearth.
It's the best-sounding words I've heard.
Or: bubble, teeny-weeny, etc.
phonosemantically meaningful things.

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Re: Cool word list

Postby arbivark » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:17 am UTC

Immortal_Z wrote:
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Arbitrary is the best word ever. Ever.


It's actually second.
- arbitrary aardvark.

Oh, I have a request. I'd like a dictionary, arranged a bit differently: First, the one letter words
(a, i, o, possibly moar), then the two letter words, etc. It's fine with me if it stops at 4.
I'd settle for a list of 4 letter words.
Some of you have leet coding skills and could just bang this out.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:51 am UTC

You know there are websites where you can search for stuff like that? (Words by the number of letters, starting and ending letters and such things.) Usually they advertize as crossword puzzle helpers. I only have some for German words, but there must be ones for English words, too.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby ponzerelli » Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:06 am UTC

Undulate
Mnenomic
Palpable (I always think of Emperor Palpatine when I see this one)

EDIT: And Spelunking. I love that word.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby J-Mann » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:57 am UTC

Saccharine.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Amoeba » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:34 pm UTC

Hoglet!
Jesus Christ you have confused me

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Re: Words you love.

Postby tentacleTherapist » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:45 pm UTC

Banjaxed
Optimum
Tangent
Zymurgy
Pluck
Harpsichord
Thingummy
Fungi
Skulduggery
Anarchy
Orange
Vivacious
Japanned
Antidisestablishmentarianism
Vortex
Prosaic
Calypso
Hermaphrodite
Bugger
Metamorphosis
Lackluster
Phosphorescence

I love words! :mrgreen:
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Hyphe » Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:35 pm UTC

I love words with unexpected dipthongs in the middle. (I think it's dipthongs: where you have two consonants that make a different sound?) The only examples that jump to mind are "dishonest" and "sweetheart". The great thing is I like these words when I read them and when I'm saying them, too, even though it's the spelling that makes me like them. Any time I spot one, or say it by accident, it always makes me smile. :)

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:03 am UTC

It's spelled diphthong and refers to vowels only. Not sure if there is a word for consonants.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby kernelpanic » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:43 am UTC

monocle. I imagine one popping out of an 1800s gentleman's eye after something mildly amusing happened before their eyes.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby AnnotatedSnark » Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:47 pm UTC

In a private, irrelevant sense, I love all words equally.

But there are indeed words that... tickle me, when I pronounce or just remember them. I once described the sensation as a combination of blowing bubbles into cold chocolate milk and suddenly realizing you haven't done that in 15 years, and taking your shoes off after a long hike on a hot day and pacing intently on dewy grass.

These words include, but are not limited to:
inculcate
callipygous
capybara
dirigible
agglutination
verisimilitude

Also, plasticine when used as an adjective.

A different kind of fun comes from, for example, the suffix -ness, because in my mind it's productive to the extreme. (You might disagree, but to me almost any random noun can have "-ness" tacked on up to three times and still maintain a perceivable meaning. E.g. "biscuit" > biscuitness > biscuitnessness > biscuitnessnessness, where each step adds the same semantics onto its input. Of course, four times would be just silly.)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:25 am UTC

AnnotatedSnark wrote:In a private, irrelevant sense, I love all words equally.

But there are indeed words that... tickle me, when I pronounce or just remember them. I once described the sensation as a combination of blowing bubbles into cold chocolate milk and suddenly realizing you haven't done that in 15 years, and taking your shoes off after a long hike on a hot day and pacing intently on dewy grass.

You're a poet :) .
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Re: Words you love.

Postby AnnotatedSnark » Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:12 pm UTC

Monika wrote:
AnnotatedSnark wrote:In a private, irrelevant sense, I love all words equally.

But there are indeed words that... tickle me, when I pronounce or just remember them. I once described the sensation as a combination of blowing bubbles into cold chocolate milk and suddenly realizing you haven't done that in 15 years, and taking your shoes off after a long hike on a hot day and pacing intently on dewy grass.

You're a poet :) .


Thanks :)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:05 pm UTC

It's a baby aardvark :) . They're so ugly that they start being cute again. :D

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Osha » Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:29 pm UTC

Oboe
Ocelot
Orca
Ocra
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Re: Words you love.

Postby raike » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:48 am UTC

How fortuitous that I happened upon this thread! After a hasty scrutiny of the replies, I determined to post my favorite word: exsanguinate (to drain of blood).
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Chuff » Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:51 am UTC

Nonchalant.


I love mispronouncing it non-kalint to piss people off.

And then I love saying it right because it sounds nice.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Schmorgluck » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:01 pm UTC

Derechef (/dǝ.ʁǝ.ʃɛf/). It's an old French word meaning "once again". This word is quite the survivor: Molière, in his plays, only put it in the mouths of elderly people, because back then (17th century) it was already considered outdated. And yet it's still of use nowadays, for extra emphasis and, to be honest, often for comedic effect.
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