What's your favourite word?

Posted by: Tizzabelle

What's your favourite word? - Thu Feb 25 2010 04:51 PM

Copago's post about "aitch" and haitch" reminded me of words that irritate me and words that I love. My favourite word of all time is probably "autumnal". I don't know why I love it but I'm not the only person I know who loves "autumnal".

I love "curmudgeon" too. I don't love curmudgeons, just the word. It makes me smile!

So.. what are your favourite words? Or am I weird in having favourite words?
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Feb 25 2010 05:24 PM

What a neat topic! I've always thought the word "megalomaniacal" was cool. I also like the word "benevolent". If you're weird in having favorite words, then so am I.
Posted by: Copago

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Feb 25 2010 05:26 PM

"Adaminaby" (a town in NSW) is one of my favourite words - if I ever retire I just may consider moving there just so I can say it more often. I love words with lots of syllables and sound kind of rythmic.

A word I don't like is 'slaughter'. It just sounds like it means especially when said with a hard 'g'.

Posted by: Sinned2471

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Feb 25 2010 06:04 PM

I've always liked the word "imperial" and dislike the word "goggles"
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: What's your favourite word? - Fri Feb 26 2010 01:15 AM

Oh Copago! Adaminaby is a great place name That reminds me of when an English family I know was driving up the NSW coast for the first time. They saw the road sign for "Bulahdelah" and having no idea how to pronounce it said "Oh that sounds posh doesn't it? Bew-la-dee-dah." So they and I have called it Bewladeedah ever since For those that don't know Bulahdelah, it's pronounced Bull-a-dee-lah.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 27 2010 05:53 AM

I like egregious and paradigm, but that's maybe because I've only added them to my vocab in the past few years.

I also like the word custard ... or maybe it's just the taste, so difficult to know.
Posted by: ren33

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 27 2010 07:43 AM

Popacatapetl. The tl at the end is so economical!
I hate "misled", as I read it as
"mizzled" as a child and was laughed at.
Posted by: Mink

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 27 2010 08:07 AM

Horripilation and serendipity are two of my favourites
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 27 2010 09:08 AM

Hi Mink, serendipity is a favourite word of a good friend of mine too :-) Poor ren33. That story about "misled" is a very cute and understandable error for a child to make. I still remember a classmate in high school reading a passage aloud. He pronounced the word "sword" with the 'w'. We couldn't stop ourselves giggling. My nephew was about 3 years old and loved the Toyota commercials. He'd run around the house singing "Oh what a feeling.. Yoy-tota!" We still giggle about that one even though he's 19 now.
Posted by: lesley153

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 27 2010 12:09 PM

Quote:

I read it as "mizzled" as a child



Didn't everyone? I remember my family deliberately pronouncing it like that. We were easily amused.

When the nearest letter-box was moved from the main road to a side turning, there was a note about why it had been re-sited. My son wanted to know why it had been rezz'itted.

When I was little I saw "fund" and pronounced it fyoond. I didn't get laughed at till I was 30 and mentioned the plover. I'd never heard anyone say it, so I said it with a long o, to rhyme with clover, and my colleague laughed. Apparently it's pronounced pluvva. Who'da thought it!

We got our own back - she was from the north of England.

Sublime is a nice word. So are limpid and languid - even if I don't know why.
Posted by: Copago

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 27 2010 01:03 PM

Quote:

Oh Copago! Adaminaby is a great place name That reminds me of when an English family I know was driving up the NSW coast for the first time. They saw the road sign for "Bulahdelah" and having no idea how to pronounce it said "Oh that sounds posh doesn't it? Bew-la-dee-dah." So they and I have called it Bewladeedah ever since For those that don't know Bulahdelah, it's pronounced Bull-a-dee-lah.




LOL - that was the other one I had on my mind when I made my post There is also one near Dubbo called Buddabadah which is fun to say.
Posted by: ren33

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 27 2010 05:40 PM

Lindisfarne, oooh lovely!
Posted by: Sinned2471

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 27 2010 11:49 PM

As far as town names go, I've always liked Menominee Falls and Lake Placid.
Posted by: Kaye19

Re: What's your favourite word? - Mon Mar 01 2010 07:26 PM

When one of my children was learning to read he amused us by asking what is a pig e on! (pigeon)

I love the word 'tracklements' - seldom heard nowadays- it means salt, pepper etc which you put on the table.
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: What's your favourite word? - Mon Mar 01 2010 08:13 PM

I love "tracklements". I had to look it up and it's a made up word from the 1950s that made it into the OED. I am going to use that on Thursday. I'm having dinner at the pub with a mate who's a bit of a word nerd too. She'll love it.. once I've explained it to her ;-)

Anyone watch "To The Manor Born" with Penelope Keith? I love how she wished everyone Merry Christmas on her Xmas cards.. "Yuletide felicitations". I say that every Xmas to certain friends. ;-)
Posted by: Tobyone

Re: What's your favourite word? - Wed Mar 03 2010 02:06 PM

I love "slubberdegullion", it means a slobbering, dirty wretch. I've not (to date) had an opportunity to use it.

When I was little I thought "misled" was "myzled" and that "bedraggled" was "bed-raggled".
Posted by: Sinned2471

Re: What's your favourite word? - Wed Mar 03 2010 05:45 PM

Quote:

I love "slubberdegullion", it means a slobbering, dirty wretch. I've not (to date) had an opportunity to use it.

When I was little I thought "misled" was "myzled" and that "bedraggled" was "bed-raggled".




Wait until you meet an American politician.
Posted by: Taesma

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Mar 04 2010 12:17 AM

I've always been rather fond of "onomatopoeia" for some reason.
And I intensely dislike "moist". Couldn't tell you why. I just feel... icky saying it.
Posted by: quogequox

Re: What's your favourite word? - Tue Mar 09 2010 11:37 PM

I'm fond of "lackadaisical" because it appeared on three seperate report cards, which must be some kind of a record...or a conspiracy and
"nevertheless" just cos I like it.
Posted by: triviapaul

Re: What's your favourite word? - Wed Mar 10 2010 05:20 AM

In English I like those posh compound words like 'notwithstanding' and 'whereupon'. Also the slightly oldfashioned words like 'whence' and 'hitherto'.
In Spanish for example 'ronronear' and 'tataratataranieta'
Posted by: Jennings

Re: What's your favourite word? - Wed Mar 10 2010 06:19 AM

Oojamaflip, meaning whatsit, thingy etc.
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: What's your favourite word? - Wed Mar 10 2010 11:11 AM

There are some ripper words in here :-) I like the idea of onomatopeeea.. onomotapoeaiesa.. onamtoppeias ... I just wish I could spell it without such distress to my brain ;-) I can't wait to use "slubberdegullion" somewhere, somehow. Triviapaul, if you like compound words try a little north of you in Finland. They see no need to keep a space when adding words together. So many words seem incredibly long, especially when travelling along a road at speed and you're trying to read a road sign. I can't complain though. It's my first language but I've lost a lot of it now. It doesn't help me when I try to read it. ;-)
Posted by: triviapaul

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Mar 11 2010 04:34 PM

Ahhhh yes, Finnish, the language that gave us entokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas. Got to love agglutinative languages. Finnish has fifteen noun cases. That is superb trivia.
Posted by: tnrees

Re: What's your favourite word? - Fri Mar 12 2010 07:04 AM

On mispronunciations - I was in a car & saw the 1st 2 letters of a street name -when I saw it all I knew it was not Onion street but it took me ages to work out it was Union street.
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: What's your favourite word? - Fri Mar 12 2010 11:36 AM

Hey Triviapaul, that Finnish word has something to do with aeroplane engine mechanics working on turbo motors. That much I can work out but I think it should be lentokone... I think, from my memory of Finnish. 15 noun cases? Love it.
Posted by: triviapaul

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sun Mar 14 2010 01:39 AM

You are right, it's not like I knew what I was doing when I copy-pasted it
Check out this fantastic site for Finnish tongue twisters.

http://www.alphadictionary.com/fun/tongue-twisters/finnish_tongue_twisters.html

Lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas
Airplane jet turbine engine auxiliary mechanic non-commissioned officer student
The longest Finnish word but an actual military term in the Air Force.

Kokko, kokkoo kokkoo koko kokko! - Koko kokkoko? - Koko kokko. Kokkookko? (Savo dialect)
Kokko (a surname), gather up the whole bonfire! - The entire bonfire? - The entire bonfire. Now will you gather it up?
Posted by: tezza1551

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sun Mar 14 2010 01:58 AM

On the mispronunciations, the place I had trouble with was the American state Arkansas - I knew Kansas was pronounced as it was spelt, so why the difference ?
Favourite words - serendipity & happenstance.
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: What's your favourite word? - Wed Mar 17 2010 10:50 AM

Thanks for the link triviapaul! I'm not sure I'm ever going to be able to say any of them without a lot of practice. I suppose I should brush up on my Finnish now I have dual citizenship as of last week!
Posted by: tjoebigham

Re: What's your favourite word? - Wed Mar 17 2010 03:04 PM

I've got a thing about unusual words, such as tchotchke, omadhaun, daedal, synergy, bouleversement, et al.

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you thought of. Burt Bacharach

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Posted by: lady1

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Mar 18 2010 07:32 AM

I love 'oxymoron' it makes me smile. Then there are a lot of towns in Namivia that have great names - Otjiwarongo, Gobabis, Okahandja, Tsumeb,Okakararawhich, to name a few.
I hate the word 'learner' - why can't it just be student?
Posted by: guitargoddess

Re: What's your favourite word? - Mon Mar 22 2010 08:49 PM

Quote:

When I was little I thought "misled" was "myzled" and that "bedraggled" was "bed-raggled".




It isn't? I don't think I've ever heard bedraggled pronounced... what's it supposed to sound like?

On the theme of funny pronounciations, when my brother was younger, he asked me what an "otto-pissee" was... it was 'autopsy'.
Posted by: bloomsby

Re: What's your favourite word? - Tue Mar 23 2010 10:14 AM

Bedraggled. I pronounce it beDRAGGled.

At about age eight I caused a minor sensation at school be confusing rumour and aroma. I think I'd written something about an *arumour. The teacher asked me what I meant and I replied by saying the word could mean 'the smell of tea or coffee' or 'a story going round'.
Posted by: TabbyTom

Re: What's your favourite word? - Tue Mar 23 2010 12:18 PM

I'm not sure whether I ever misread misled, but I remember being momentarily nonplussed when I read in a school history book that our troops in the Crimean War were underfed. I interpreted it as un-derfed and wondered what on earth was involved in derfing a soldier.
Posted by: triviapaul

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Mar 25 2010 03:00 PM

I just remembered I love "oodles"
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Mar 25 2010 03:35 PM

Oxymoron's a great word. A mate of mine calls them "poxymorons". I think we should all get together and work out a definition of derf. I'm sure it's a word in a language somewhere. As for a synonym being used because you can't spell the word you want, well I'm guilty of that ;-)

I have a new word for my favourites list. "Bumbershoot"! It's a 19th century American term for umbrella. I love the word brolly but bumbershoot has overtaken it temporarily. It's in a quiz I wrote coming soon so if you see it you'll know what it is
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Mar 25 2010 08:49 PM

Quote:

I interpreted it as un-derfed and wondered what on earth was involved in derfing a soldier.





Posted by: bluerodeo

Re: What's your favourite word? - Fri Mar 26 2010 06:28 AM

Whisper. A fun thing to do in a woman's ear.Or vice versa.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: What's your favourite word? - Tue Feb 21 2012 02:57 AM

Without resorting to Monty Python's' woody and tinny words as a criterion, I really like obfuscation - the sound of the word fits so nicely with the meaning (wilfully ambiguous).
Posted by: mountaingoat

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Feb 25 2012 08:59 AM

Brouhaha is good. I like exponential because being a greedy guts the idea of things growing at a massive rate appeals.
Posted by: sportsherald

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Mar 10 2012 02:18 AM

My mother grew up reading much more than her family and neighbours, became a school teacher and parent, and only discovered in her 50s (corrected by her helpful children) that "misled" WASN'T pronounced "mizzled." She'd have been comforted to know from this discussion that her error was so common!

I find it hard to choose one or two favourites from the tens of thousands of words available in just the English language, with new ones added every day. Peregrination does arbitrarily come to my mind, and hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia could apply to those who are afraid to finish long Finnish words.
Posted by: sportsherald

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Mar 10 2012 02:35 AM

On the subject of "underfed," I just learned through Dictionary.com that a soldier would likely rather be derf than un-derf-ed:

Derf

Derf\, a. [Icel. djafr.] Strong; powerful; fierce. [Obs.] -- Derf"ly, adv. [Obs.] Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
Posted by: coachpauly

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sun Mar 11 2012 07:08 AM

I like the word "tinkle".... no idea why smile
Posted by: rustic_les

Re: What's your favourite word? - Thu Mar 22 2012 06:49 PM

Indubitably - especially when pronounced like an old-fashioned English gentleman. Much like one of the Vulgarian spies from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Posted by: rstone_123

Re: What's your favourite word? - Fri Apr 13 2012 05:25 PM

Hello, my name is Ralph,

I like the word curmudgeon. Why? You ask? This is what I have posted on a website I have:

I've come to the conclusion that I may possibly be a "Curmudgeon". Be honest now, if you didn't know what the term meant...what was the first thing that popped into your mind? My thought was some sort of an ocean crustacean. I should be rotten, and if the definition is foreign to you make you look it up. Being the nice guy that I am, I'll tell you for one reason only. The definition of the term will probably not be exactly the same as the one I'm about to give you, as the [archaic] rendering is: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man. The [modern] definition is: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner. (That does not give you license to judge, demean, nor treat people with anything less than respect, honor, and dignity. I don't give a rats butt who they are or what they do. Try viewing their actions and behavior from their perspective instead of yours. Try and gain some understanding of that individual, and whether you like or dislike what you think you see...love them always. Lord knows we need to clean up our own doorsteps first...then go in for the kill:).



Another word I'm fond of is 'compassion'. I think we all need it and need to show it.

Ralph
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Sep 15 2012 10:02 AM

I have a few because they make me laugh when I hear them [someone I know mispronounced them]: coup, debris, paradigm, lineage, indigenous [all those words but one were from when I was in anthropology class, and the person who pronounced them wrong was the one reading my textbooks]

I like the word “inconceivable” because every time I see or hear it I’m reminded of the most common dictionary definition: “not conceivable”) [I cracked up when I saw that].

When I first saw the place names “Nova Scotia” and “Saudi Arabia” written, I didn’t pronounce them right. To this day, my mother and I still laugh about that (and I was definetly old enough to know better with “Saudi Arabia”)

Mom’s ex-boyfriend’s daughter used to say “walermelon” instead of “watermelon.” She could say “watermelon,” but for whatever reason whenever she was talking fast it didn’t come out right. [Her brother, incidentally, said “Lebadon” instead of “Lebanon.”]

Place names I like would have to be Trout Run and Wyamissing.

Someone I know doesn't pronounce the r in California, and it's not the local accent, so it makes me laugh [she grew up here and has never beenout of the state].

I forgot all about happenstance. Don’t see or hear it much.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: What's your favourite word? - Sat Sep 15 2012 12:00 PM

Lollygagging I'm sure had an innocent background. Why am I reminded of it whenever I see LOL? Are folk dawdling when they type it?