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Re: Words you love.

Postby stolid » Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:04 am UTC

Handy (German word for cell phone)
Stolid (my name --->)

I can't think of any cool words right now, just funny ones.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:27 am UTC

Does stolid mean anything?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby RyuujinCS » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:00 pm UTC

Its not an English word, but my all time favorite word is pendejo. If you've ever annoyed a Spanish-speaking person, you may have heard this one. It is one of the most versatile words in the Spanish language. It can be like a severe and forceful insult, or a like a pat on the back to a silly friend.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sorroth » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:56 pm UTC

Monika wrote:Does stolid mean anything?

It is actually an English word meaning calm and reliable.

More for the list:
Maverick
Plankton
Ochre
Woad
Faceplant
Eclipse
Equinox
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:10 pm UTC

I link Equinox a lot, too.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby felixalias » Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:58 pm UTC

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:33 pm UTC

Plus equilibrium, equilibrium is also a very beautiful word.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby BobMacDhonnchaidh » Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:41 pm UTC

"Congratulations."

Honestly.

When you think about it.

What an awesome word.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Dezign » Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:20 am UTC

With awe did I read through this thread from start to finish, not once coming upon this wonderful word, invidious. With awe.

How could no one have mentioned invidious? You can hear the snake in it, green with envy, coiling with resssentment. Innnvidiousssssss.

Other words that bear mentioning:

- Desiderata is a beautiful term, deserving propagation.
- Stygian, since someone mentioned Styx.
- Indubitability bubbles up from indubitably, becoming a much better construct.
- Poignant, poignance, poignancy.
- Omphalopsychite; omphaloskepsis was mentioned, true, but this word is just as good and has more potential as an epithet.
- Moar ... changing the spelling makes it look like you have to overpronounce it, which is fun and mouthy.
- Apocalypso, as in the Four Surfers of the Apocalypso. kek.

Plus anything in the table at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apsis - especially perihadion, perizene and peribothra; apastron, apojove and apokrition (when it's anglicized to "apo-krishon" or "a-POK-rish-'n")... of course, perigee and apogee.

Defenestrate seems to be a favorite here. To me it sounds onomatopoeic for someone begging attention by using the word "defenestrate," but maybe that's due to its popularity.

ps innnnvidiousssssssssss.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby bejoicing » Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:50 am UTC

ostensibly
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Re: Words you love.

Postby TheHonoraryLoli » Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:35 am UTC

For some reason I have always loved the word "proverbial."

Though..."nerdgasm" also makes me pretty happy, I must admit. (:
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Hayden » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:26 am UTC

Not because I like the way that it sounds, or its definition; but munted is an excellent word because I find its defition fits perfectly with the phonetics. Its definition is something that is ugly; broken or so similarly.

The word munted simply is.

It may be an Australian word, but my faithful Macquarie Dictionary agrees with me once again.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:30 am UTC

Dezign wrote:How could no one have mentioned invidious?

Never heard of it.

You can hear the snake in it, green with envy, coiling with resssentment. Innnvidiousssssss.

Yeah, it's pretty neat.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby jbn » Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:48 pm UTC

The word 'mind' currently stands out to me as it can't be correctly translated to Swedish. This is a rather central concept of cognitive science, so I'm entertaining the idea of using a swedish pronounciation of it, this would make it rhyme with rescind if I know my pronounciations right.

Also I enjoy the fact that english uses the words 'ombudsman' and 'smorgasbord' as they are plucked straight from the swedish language and sound pretty silly inserted in the english language. Also, 'schadenfreude' is a nice word.

To avenge the thing with the word 'mind' we can counter with 'lagom' which is supposedly almost unique to our language. It can be explained as "just about right" combined with "enough". It's very useful.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby BobMacDhonnchaidh » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:29 pm UTC

jbn wrote:The word 'mind' currently stands out to me as it can't be correctly translated to Swedish. This is a rather central concept of cognitive science, so I'm entertaining the idea of using a swedish pronounciation of it, this would make it rhyme with rescind if I know my pronounciations right.

Also I enjoy the fact that english uses the words 'ombudsman' and 'smorgasbord' as they are plucked straight from the swedish language and sound pretty silly inserted in the english language. Also, 'schadenfreude' is a nice word.

To avenge the thing with the word 'mind' we can counter with 'lagom' which is supposedly almost unique to our language. It can be explained as "just about right" combined with "enough". It's very useful.


Bairn = "Child" in Scots
Barn = "Child" in Swedish

I found this quite interesting.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Jarrgon » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:01 pm UTC

Marmalade, it's just pleasant to say really.

Also rambler and stoic.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sean of the Dead » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:43 am UTC

My favorite word happens to be "buttload", and my sis and I use it a lot. :D
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Re: Words you love.

Postby ConMan » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:43 am UTC

kellsbells wrote:
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!


Or even hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, which is really just rubbing it in (although some argue that it's specifically a fear of long words that pertain to monstrous hippopotamuses, while still others think it's just being bloody stupid).

I agree with the previous mention of syzygy, and would also like to nominate azure.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Raeluna » Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:38 pm UTC

Xylyl
Cacophonous
Melodious
Desperado
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (delicious wordage)
Coconut
Kabuki
Bubble
Porphyroblast

My very favorites. xD
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Hayden » Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:57 am UTC

Lexicography is a pretty neat word.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby cooldude76 » Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:29 am UTC

"Moar" seconded. Seriously, I don't even use the other pronunciation any moar. Sometimes I remember to in school.

Conchise. Made that one up, but its like concise but with a 'ch sound instead of an 's sound.

Disapora. A time after the fall of Rome in which the Jewish population was spread throughout Europe. I think it technically lasted until the forming of Israel. Fuckin' awesome word. Diss-Ah-Pour-A .... I try to use it as often as possible.

Mutuality. Derivation. Megalomaniac. Bazooka. Rapport. Context. Monkeys. <---- Words I love. Oh, and epistle. Means post. Billets. Mail. You've got it.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Pit » Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:31 am UTC

I've always thought "taxidermy" rolled off the tongue well.

Other words I like for sound:

Belligerent
Loquacious(another word I think that rolls off the tongue)
Serendipity
Doorknob
Sketchy
Celestial

And words I like in general:

Juxtaposition
Defenestration - to throw something/someone out a window
Loquacious - To be talkative
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Dezign » Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:48 am UTC

cooldude76 wrote:Disapora. A time after the fall of Rome in which the Jewish population was spread throughout Europe. I think it technically lasted until the forming of Israel. Fuckin' awesome word. Diss-Ah-Pour-A .... I try to use it as often as possible.


Pretty sure it's actually diaspora. Still a pretty good word. Imagine people spreading out over Europe like spores wafting over the land.

Also, "waft" is giggleworthy. It must be onomatopoeic for the the sound of your tongue floating through the air after tripping over itself while trying to pronounce "waft" properly. Stumbling in German.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby jbn » Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:58 am UTC

I just realised that I'm not sure anyone has mentioned 'defenstrate'. It's so specific, it's so generally violent in its meaning. A powerful word wouldn't you say?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Dezign » Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:14 pm UTC

jbn wrote:I just realised that I'm not sure anyone has mentioned 'defenstrate'. It's so specific, it's so generally violent in its meaning. A powerful word wouldn't you say?


My guess is that most people discover that word some time between the ages of twelve and twenty-six, and (in their youthful reverie) are attracted to the irony of such an active, comical verb having such a stodgy, institutional sound to it. These young humans become obsessed with this phenomenon, looking for ways to share the feelings they experience when morseling this bit of verbiage. Which leads to its proliferation in threads like these: sociologically amusing (see this paragraph?) via its heavy, though legitimate, citation, spreading their little meme across teh blagtubes.

Kind of like Preved, which is a delightful Russian mot-de-joie; a departure from the standard greeting of "hello" (privet). It's best served with a healthy helping of its backstory, involving a low quality painting of sex in the forest being interrupted by a bear. Russian internet slang is much closer to lolcats than text messaging, and as such can be much more fun and arty to use.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Torvaun » Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:35 pm UTC

jbn wrote:I just realised that I'm not sure anyone has mentioned 'defenstrate'. It's so specific, it's so generally violent in its meaning. A powerful word wouldn't you say?

It has been mentioned. Several times. Most recently, two posts above yours.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby tzantali » Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:15 pm UTC

wistful

and those i make up:

schminizzles
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:36 pm UTC

jbn wrote:I just realised that I'm not sure anyone has mentioned 'defenstrate'. It's so specific, it's so generally violent in its meaning. A powerful word wouldn't you say?

If you meant to write "defenestrate" it has been mentioned.

But defenstrate sounds cool, too, even though it doesn't exist (or does it?). Like ... throwing someone out of the window as self-defense.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:00 pm UTC

'Diddle'.

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

Postby jbn » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:52 pm UTC

Monika wrote:But defenstrate sounds cool, too, even though it doesn't exist (or does it?). Like ... throwing someone out of the window as self-defense.


I believe it's the only way to defend yourself from defenestration.

I should probably have searched the thread for the word, but as I slipped up in the spelling of it it wouldn't have helped me much.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby cantgetabettername » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:32 am UTC

I haven't seen the word Sodomize here. Then again, i haven't searched for it.


Please don't look up the meaning. For the kittens?
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Cool word list

Postby rubber314chicken » Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:11 am UTC

What are some cool words you would go out of your way to use. I have:

paraphernalia
tractive
tactical
reconnaissance
masquerading
shenanigans
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Flesh_Of_The_Fallen_Angel » Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:42 am UTC

Antidisestablishmentarianism!!! :mrgreen:

I learnt to pronounce it at the age of 11 . . . and then several years later I asked a teacher what it ment (because I only knew the word, not what it ment) and they didn't know . . . so I asked another teacher . . . no luck at all . . . then I asked a substitute teacher . . . he knew what it ment! :mrgreen:
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Immortal_Z » Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:52 am UTC

Flesh_Of_The_Fallen_Angel wrote:Antidisestablishmentarianism!!! :mrgreen:

I learnt to pronounce it at the age of 11 . . . and then several years later I asked a teacher what it ment (because I only knew the word, not what it ment) and they didn't know . . . so I asked another teacher . . . no luck at all . . . then I asked a substitute teacher . . . he knew what it ment! :mrgreen:

Substitute teachers know the cool things, regular teachers have too set of a schedule to be of any use. I had a long term substitute last year (one of the teachers got canned halfway through the year for a very funny reason), and he knew basically everything. Is the only teacher I've ever been able to have a GOOD debate with.

Arbitrary is the best word ever. Ever.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby curious and questioning » Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:41 am UTC

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.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Gunfingers » Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:49 am UTC

"Equivocal" and it's corollary "unequivocal" are words that i like to use. Also "corollary".
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Re: Cool word list

Postby ddxxdd » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:02 am UTC

I have a plethora of good words to use, because I'm erudite.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby Qoppa » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:53 am UTC

anathema
volition
machination
malevolent
...

I'll also second 'erudite' and 'quintessence'.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby fyrenwater » Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:39 am UTC

Recon is a good word, but too hard to spell. XD

Indubitably is good, but comes off sounding too nerdy. Which... could be a good thing, depending on how you look at it.

Also, I'm really fond of the word "ersatz". Not sure why. I guess it just sounds better than "fake" or "bootleg" or something.
...It made more sense in my head.
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Re: Cool word list

Postby elminster » Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:06 am UTC

Non compus mentis
Defenestration (Oddly, Firefox knows this spelling)
Crapulence

Hmm, I can't think of many others at the moment. This topic reminds of a sign I saw with "bona fide" written on it, which struck me as odd since that was the only time I ever seen it written down up to that point.
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