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Re: Words you love.

Postby eekmeep » Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:38 am UTC

possibilities.

typing it, handwriting it, saying it ...
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Worldweaver » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:29 pm UTC

Hmm personally I rather enjoy the word inconspicuous.

It's just so fun to say :)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby adunebutt » Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:20 am UTC

I like the word level, for the symmetry. Also I'm fond of the word absolutely, not quite sure why on that one.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby O'Malley » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:15 pm UTC

I like the words exsanguinate and aristocracy. Those words, to me, just cannot be topped.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby ofwolf42 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:35 am UTC

I love the word "among" it's a simple, everyday word but it is too much fun to say not to be mentioned (apologies if I'm not the first to mention it, I didn't have the time to read all the previous entries).
At the same time my favorite spoken word (of all time) is in this clip of blackadder "Ink and incapability":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehoWvO75 ... re=related

It occurs at approximately 5:08 when Dr. Johnson shouts "sausage" for the second time. It is the perfect mix of a posh british accent with deep-life-crushing agony and pork product. I love it.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Emperor Max » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:15 pm UTC

I love the feeling of "notorious" on my tongue. It is a fabulous word.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Link » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:48 pm UTC

Cholinergic
Succinylcholine
Disambiguate
Arcane
Sinusoidal
Flabbergasted
Dissociative
Defenestrate
Engorge
Chlorofluorocarbon
Phenylalanine
Quarkonium
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
Dysfunctional
Yttrium
Haphazard
Spork

And I'm not sure if these count, but I like them anyway:
Frobnitz
Discombobulate
Quux
Thingummy
Blinkenlight
Embiggen
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Re: Words you love.

Postby rat4000 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:28 pm UTC

viridian
Because (for some reason, I only like it when it's at the beginning of a sentence...)
adore
applaud
to a lesser extent pouring and thunder

English's full of awesome words.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Emperor Max » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:57 pm UTC

I just realised ambidextrous is a nice word as well. And petrichor! Awesome words to use in speech.

In writing, I like bass. It can be both an instrument, a fish and low-frequency sound. Totally epic.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby eekmeep » Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:37 am UTC

Emperor Max wrote:I just realised ambidextrous is a nice word as well. And petrichor! Awesome words to use in speech.

In writing, I like bass. It can be both an instrument, a fish and low-frequency sound. Totally epic.


Learned "petrichor" from another xkcd thread, and am using it as often as possible ... love it.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Atan » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:55 am UTC

awe

It's so very short and elegant, and when used at the end of a sentence it immediately results in an awed expression.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby ttremblay » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:16 pm UTC

New favorite word - I have created a simpler word for "Friends with benefits" with "Felationship".

Please spread this...I need no credit.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Kangaroo » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:33 pm UTC

Democracy, because the cracy part sounds like something that really backfired (I guess I think of the word crazy), which isn't true considering the alternative of autocracy. :D
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Stormlock » Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:58 am UTC

Plebeian- it's such a pretty sounding word, and both the word itself and they way to spell it are esoteric enough to automatically make anyone familiar with it feel justified in using it on anyone who isn't.

Other favourites include esoteric, evanesce, and lucid.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby ttremblay » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:48 pm UTC

Oooh that reminds me of how much I love coalesce.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby eekmeep » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:35 pm UTC

ttremblay wrote:Oooh that reminds me of how much I love coalesce.


Any of the *esce words (evanesce, effervesce, etc.).

I always thought "cacophonous" should mean "pretty sounding" because I think the word rolls very nicely.

^^ Very circuitous, because I am failing to find a word that means either "a word that is what it sounds like" (like rollercoaster) or the opposite (like cacophonous). Please help me.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:29 am UTC

I always felt cacophonous sounds exactly like what it means, but that may be because it sounds similar to one German word for "shit" ;) .

"onomatopoeia" is a word for words that sound like their meaning. I don't think there is a word for the opposite.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby eekmeep » Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:52 pm UTC

Monika wrote:I always felt cacophonous sounds exactly like what it means, but that may be because it sounds similar to one German word for "shit" ;) .

"onomatopoeia" is a word for words that sound like their meaning. I don't think there is a word for the opposite.


"onomatopoeia" is for words like "bang" etc. It doesn't apply to the ... mouth-feel? ... of the word as it relates to the definition of the word itself. I know, I'm still not being very clear.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:02 pm UTC

eekmeep wrote:I know, I'm still not being very clear.

I think it's pretty clear.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Somewhere » Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:41 pm UTC

Penultimate.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Isotope_238 » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:47 pm UTC

I love almost the entire English language. I even have a list of words I especially love saved on my computer. I add to it almost every time I read a new book. It's far too long to post here, though. I guess I'll have to go with the most amusing word I can think of.

Empurple - to make or become purple.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Dimetrodon » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:16 pm UTC

Resplendant
Pleiad
Behemoth
Cantilever

(Also, in Spanish, "hablabamos". It means "they used to talk" and is enourmously fun to say out loud.)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby a Person » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:51 am UTC

Humdrum
Exacerbate
Canteloupe
Yak
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Re: Words you love.

Postby NCY.Jay » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:09 am UTC

Ohhhh I love so many words they all look so cute or pretty.

clandestine -heavenly
clementine -very cut clean
enchante (french love how they say it too)
quixotic -it's like quirky and exotic in one!!
nutmeg - cute
coalesce - i think of dark sparkly shining rocks
castle - pretty
lithe -it's a very slim word.
opalescent -it's just very pretty right?
paean - sounds... oceany
eerie - haha it's also similar to aerie. very very cool
aeon - i love saying this word
air - freeeeeeee
faerie -better than fairy right?
nymph -sounds short and cute and cheeky
lydia- just has a nice sound and look
breathe -essential to life and love the addition of the e
arpeggio - i love italian words too mio caro
aristocratic - Ooooooo sharp
ethnic - exotic~~
peace - a pearly happy light smooth bundle of joy
weave -intricate... i like that word too
apple - snapple!
goose -how can you not like goose? Or geese for that matter?
twinkle- tinkle little star~

haha okay i should stop...
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Darin!!! » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:52 am UTC

fudge
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Master Isenkram » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:51 pm UTC

I love the word "literally" for two reasons. First, because it is misused so often, even though the meaning is fairly simple. Second, because I pronounce it Lit-ril-ee (as opposed to Lit-er-ah-lee) because it pisses off my coworkers.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Ave » Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:03 pm UTC

Hullabaloo
Phenomenon

and the best word of all: puppy. It's not even the visual association. Just say the word 'puppy.' I'm serious!
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Bobber » Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:33 pm UTC

Ave wrote:Hullabaloo
Phenomenon

and the best word of all: puppy. It's not even the visual association. Just say the word 'puppy.' I'm serious!
Are you claiming that "puppy" beats "narcissistic"? Nonsense!
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:11 pm UTC

Ave wrote:and the best word of all: puppy. It's not even the visual association. Just say the word 'puppy.' I'm serious!

"Papi", pronounced like "puppy" means "dad" in German, by the way.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby year in the sun » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:34 am UTC

necessarily. fun to say because it's just a touch challenging. and i don't know . . . the negative form of it seems so useful to me in so many situations for forewarning people that they're interpreting something too broadly and simply, and i'm about to complicate their picture for them. i'm not saying it makes me popular :) just that it's very useful, especially at work.

me to programmer: yes, i know you made the problem go away by removing all the conditions that were in place when it happened. that doesn't necessarily mean that the problem is fixed.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Eruantale » Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:59 pm UTC

crepuscular [kri-puhs-kyuh-ler]
–adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.

It's somehow fitting.
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.


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Re: Words you love.

Postby thatblackguy » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:32 am UTC

Nipple. The sound and what it refers to, both.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby shutaka » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:36 pm UTC

I adore these to words since I've taken the course in English Stylistics. Sound so mysterious (though mean simple things)...

aposiopesis and onomatopoeia
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Secateurs » Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:30 pm UTC

The Italian for unfortunately, sfortunatamente.
Many, many gerunds with combined or single object pronouns at the end - parlandogliene springs to mind.
Algebraically (pretty much anything with '-aic-', like archaic)
Asymptote
Propensity
Admissibly

I need to add another one in for 'stoichiometry'. I love saying that.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby rdnmrsox » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:00 pm UTC

independientemente. It means independently in Spanish.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Aoife » Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:42 pm UTC

Raspberry (prior viewing of the Food Pr0n thread may have influenced this choice :D )

Scurrilous

Obsequious

Inimitable

Artisanal

Olfactory

Quincentennial

Quintessential

Spackle

Speckle

Citrus


Just because I like the sound of them.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby maneater » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:29 pm UTC

'Evaporate' and 'Collide'. They just sort of, I don't know - roll off the tongue.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby derick » Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:52 pm UTC

Integration.

It describes so much of what I like in things, from philosophy to economics to music. It's broad and ubiquitous enough to apply to almost anything I can think of, yet concrete enough to have a real meaning that a moderately intelligent person who doesn't know me will get (unlike if I said I like "meaning" or "truth" in all things.)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby modularblues » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:20 am UTC

Words with multiple meanings across the spectrum of fields.

Examples: transposition, resonate, modulation :P
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Re: Words you love.

Postby GhostWolfe » Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:17 am UTC

Unquiet.

I don't know why. It just seems so... fitting.

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