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Re: Words you love.

Postby Gigano » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:28 am UTC

Sanjuricus wrote:Floccinoccinihifillipication (again, sp?)


It's floccinaucinihilipilification.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Hardisk » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:14 pm UTC

Hence,
Nonetheless

Don't ask me why, just like them :)

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sanjuricus » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:44 pm UTC

Gigano wrote:
Sanjuricus wrote:Floccinoccinihifillipication (again, sp?)


It's floccinaucinihilipilification.

Thanks. I had an acute attach of "couldn'tbearsedtogooglethecorrectspellingitus" whilst making that post. :)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Felstaff » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:23 am UTC

Hardisk wrote:Hence,
Nonetheless

Don't ask me why, just like them :)

I prefer nevertheless, which I usually contract to ne'ertheless.

However, I dislike ne'er-do-wells. It sounds like something your Aunt in Kentucky would say.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby rolandoftheeld » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:34 am UTC

"Australopithicus." It has such a range of sounds that just slide into one another.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Gigano » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:21 am UTC

Quintessential. I don't know why, it just sounds rather posh and sophisticated.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Chuff » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:02 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:However, I dislike ne'er-do-wells. It sounds like something your Aunt in Kentucky would say.
Au contraire, "ne're-do-wells ne'er gonna do well" has actually become somewhat of a new trend among the young folk.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby modularblues » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:41 am UTC

Scintillate and gossamer. They suggest magic within.

Gigano wrote:Quintessential. I don't know why, it just sounds rather posh and sophisticated.
I like this one too.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby mojacardave » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:20 pm UTC

I'm a big fan of:

Vespertine

though I can't remember off the top of my head exactly what it means. I think it means something like 'of the night'.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Monika » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:27 pm UTC

That's a pretty word.

It seems to relate to the evening: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/vespertine
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Re: Words you love.

Postby deskjethp » Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:51 pm UTC

network
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source

I think it's the r sound they make...
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Re: Words you love.

Postby ShootTheChicken » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:07 pm UTC

Smarmy.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby mind404 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:47 pm UTC

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Anonymously Famous » Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:14 pm UTC

mind404 wrote:defenestration

I concur.

Also, "concur."

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Microscopic cog » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:40 am UTC

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Re: Words you love.

Postby darthchazza » Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:05 am UTC

Ensconce (doubly points if I do so with a scone)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby freakingce » Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:34 pm UTC

Obsolete

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Gigano » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:12 pm UTC

فلم [qalam] and صندلی [sandali], 'pen' and 'chair' respectively. They are Persian words. I just love the way they are totally dissimilar from any word for pen and chair that I know, even though Persian is an Indo-European language like English, French, German and Dutch.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Softfoot » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:28 am UTC

Feel like I've just seriously necro'd this... Been looking for some inspiration for a workshop I and some colleagues are running on vocabulary learning. One of the exercises is to get teachers to talk about their favourite words - and why. Needed some things to get them started - and I've been drawing a blank on some of my favourite words.
So... Currently liking 'marsh'. It sounds like a nice, boggy, squelchy kind of word. Now that I think about it, I like squelch. There's something about all those chewy sounds as you mash them together to evoke an idea. And now I'm thinking about the word 'evoke'. I could be here awhile...

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Re: Words you love.

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:56 pm UTC

Thrice is such a great word.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby MightGrabYou » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:13 pm UTC

I have a certain love for the word Meta.

Which means I have a metafetish.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:27 pm UTC

MightGrabYou wrote:I have a certain love for the word Meta.

Which means I have a metafetish.

I recently met a sixty-something-year-old named Meta Ball. Nuff said.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:22 am UTC

I was reading the back of a bag of chips and spotted the Lithuanian word for carbohydrate: angliavandeniai.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Aiwendil » Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:56 pm UTC

A few words that I rather like, ranging from the mundane to the esoteric and obscure:

Talon
Bear (the verb)
Thrive (provided it's conjugated as thrive, throve, thriven)
Glade
Crenellation
Wellaway
Xenodochy
Azure
Graveyard
Hesternal
Onomastic (also, 'onomasticon')
Aumbry
Cascade

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sableagle » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:55 pm UTC

Incarnadine. It's what irredeemable bloody messes do to multitudinous seas.

Anomalocaris: cute but terrifying, like Jane of outsidexbox.

Phthalein. It's a handy word to know when you stub your toe near a child.

Pediococcus, because, seriously, a bacterium named "football" is just adorable.

Viridescent. It means something quite pretty.

Plasmodiophagic. I'm not aware of any plasmodiophagic virii, but they could be awesome to have around.

phở

Rhamphorhynchus

Parthenogenesis

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Re: Words you love.

Postby stopmadnessnow » Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:19 pm UTC

Mimsy
Squelch
Rhubarb
Inkling
Toot
Ravish
Pelt
Tyke
Symphony
Mildew
Quark
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sableagle » Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:23 pm UTC

stopmadnessnow wrote:Mimsy
How do you feel about borogoves and momeraths?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby stopmadnessnow » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:02 pm UTC

They're fine, not "dictionary words" but they're fine.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Sableagle » Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:03 pm UTC

Softfoot wrote:Currently liking 'marsh'. It sounds like a nice, boggy, squelchy kind of word. Now that I think about it, I like squelch. There's something about all those chewy sounds as you mash them together to evoke an idea. And now I'm thinking about the word 'evoke'. I could be here awhile...

You're a big fan of onomatopoeia, then?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Kalium_Puceon » Sun May 01, 2016 12:57 pm UTC

As much as I'm weirded out by American spelling and such [It's sulphur you savages] one of my favourite words has to be y'all'd've. You All Should Have. I mean three apostrophes in one words is just so magical.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby HES » Sun May 01, 2016 9:40 pm UTC

What about y'all'dn't've?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby gmalivuk » Mon May 02, 2016 5:56 pm UTC

Kalium_Puceon wrote:one of my favourite words has to be y'all'd've. You All Should Have.
You All Would Have, surely?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Kalium_Puceon » Mon May 16, 2016 8:22 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
Kalium_Puceon wrote:one of my favourite words has to be y'all'd've. You All Should Have.
You All Would Have, surely?


Yeah, that too I guess. The use of apostrophes for would/should is always contextual.

HES wrote:What about y'all'dn't've?


Dang, that is even better. I have a new favourite. We should try an entire sentence written only in contracted words. I guess if you wanted to keep up a meter you could use those apostrophes to omit syllables.

I'm sure the first time I have to use this while programming and I have to keep track of all those escaped apostrophes it's going to become my least favourite thing ever.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby gmalivuk » Tue May 17, 2016 3:29 am UTC

Kalium_Puceon wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:
Kalium_Puceon wrote:one of my favourite words has to be y'all'd've. You All Should Have.
You All Would Have, surely?


Yeah, that too I guess. The use of apostrophes for would/should is always contextual.
Is it? I don't believe I've ever in my life used 'd to mean "should".
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Derek » Tue May 17, 2016 4:10 am UTC

Yeah, I don't think 'd can stand for "should". It would be highly ambiguous with "would", and in a way that probably couldn't be solved by context in many situations.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Kalium_Puceon » Tue May 17, 2016 11:47 am UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
Kalium_Puceon wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:
Kalium_Puceon wrote:one of my favourite words has to be y'all'd've. You All Should Have.
You All Would Have, surely?


Yeah, that too I guess. The use of apostrophes for would/should is always contextual.
Is it? I don't believe I've ever in my life used 'd to mean "should".


Yep, I see my mistake. I confused my contractions. Won't make that one for a while now.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby lexyacc » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:38 am UTC

Hapax legomenon.

My kids used to ask me what name I would give to a pet. I would always say, "If we got two of them, I'd name one Hapax and the other Legomenon."


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