Friday, February 17, 2006

Words

I love words. I love reading. I love writing. Once I was old enough to realize that all those squiggly marks I saw around me meant the stuff we speak (around the age of 3 if I recall correctly), I was hooked. BEGGED my mother to teach me to read. She wouldn't. Said I'd be too bored when I started school. She was right on that score, I was bored out of my mind even though I still needed to learn to read, but still, when you get a kid begging to learn to read, how do you say no? I desperately tried to learn to print on my own. Got some of it right. And once I learned to read, I read everything I could get my hands on. Devoured books. I don't necessarily read well, but I read a lot. And I do love words. Especially funny-sounding ones, or ones that so perfectly sound like what they are.

Legerdemain
Bulbous

Akimbo
Foible
Duck
Monkey
Badger
Macadamia
Snood
Mukluks
Galoshes
Endoplasmic Reticilum
Musculoskeletal
Fuckwit (I didn't say they'd all be nice...)

Otolaryngologist
Pay Cheque - not funny. Not funny at all.


So what are your favourites? (Apply a modicum of decency please...)









Update
TC
panjandrum
pantagruelian
plenipotentiary
popinjay
pompous
WoD
gubernatorial
Mr. Fabulous
dnouement
detritus
Aunty Marianne
susurrus
sublimate
mouthfeel
(will do another post about words we hate, maybe...)

Update #2
Ricardipus - The Blogless One
crepuscular
squelch
quash
gibbet
Misty

hyperbole
strumpet
squish
boing
flibbertygibbet
serendipity
quark

Update #3
GW
melliflous
meretricious
flummery
Ricardipus - again, still Blogless
flippant
WoD
gormless

15 Comments:

Anonymous TC said...

Well, in the P's, I favour:

-panjandrum (tried to register the dot com of this, but it had already gone, dammit!

-Pantagruelian

-plenipotentiary

-popinjay

-pompous? well, maybe a bit.

February 17, 2006 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

Oo, oo, oo! gubernatorial! That's another one!

February 17, 2006 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Tai said...

One of my ALL time favorite words is....

I give up.

I love them all!!!

February 17, 2006 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I have two particular favorites:

denouement

and

detritus

And I use them every chance I get!

February 17, 2006 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Aunty Marianne said...

Susurrus and sublimate. And mouthfeel.

I hate twinset, hairdo and cloying.

February 18, 2006 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

Mouthfeel is a word?

February 18, 2006 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Ricardipus, literate said...

In the "sounds rude but isn't" category:

crepuscular: [L. crepusculum twilight] 1. referring to twilight, as a twilight state. 2. becoming active at twilight, as animals such as bats.

Great word.

Also:

squelch, quash, and gibbet. All good.

February 19, 2006 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Misty said...

Oh, sorry I'm late. Can I still play?

I'd like to add:

Hyperbole
Strumpet
Squish
Boing
Flibbertygibbet
and Serendipity.

Oh, and Quark as well.

Cheers! :)

February 19, 2006 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

R'pus - Excellent words! But does this mean I am the anti-crepuscular? Or am I ralucsuperc?

Misty - Never too late for you, my pet. Posted you are.

I have an overwhelming urge to follow flibbertygibbet with "a will-o-the-wisp, a clown...". Too many sappy musicals in my childhood. But somewhere in my youth... or childhood...

I'll stop now.

February 19, 2006 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger TRT said...

Mellifluous, meretricious and flummery.

February 20, 2006 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous ricardipus, blogless said...

flippant be good as well

February 20, 2006 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger infinitemuppets said...

Lots of nice, big 'clever' words here, and always a time and place for them.

But am loving the Orwell's, 'Never prefer a long word to a short'.

Yes
Please
Thank You
Love
Safe
Fuck
Warm
Cunt

Let's face it, the world would be a much poorer place without these; personally I could give up a world of flummery, hyperbole and panjandrums if I knew I was 'safe' and 'loved'.

ttfn,

February 21, 2006 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

That's an awfully long set-up for 3 little words, doncha think?

February 21, 2006 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

Ooohoohooh! I overheard another one I like!

Discombobulated.

:)

February 22, 2006 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

I know that feeling.

February 23, 2006 at 11:41 PM  

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