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What is your favorite word?
« on: 01 Sep 2012, 22:49 »

Mine is "cerulean".
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #1 on: 01 Sep 2012, 22:52 »

Prestidigitation. 

Maybe there are others, but that one's right up there. 
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #2 on: 01 Sep 2012, 23:07 »

Superfluous.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #3 on: 02 Sep 2012, 02:25 »

Slowly.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #4 on: 02 Sep 2012, 04:33 »

"Füsilieren" which means "to execute by firing squad".

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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #5 on: 02 Sep 2012, 05:42 »

Callipygian, of course.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #6 on: 02 Sep 2012, 11:41 »

Fuck.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #7 on: 02 Sep 2012, 12:17 »

Murmeli (= groundhog in Finnish). My wife uses it as a term of endearment. 
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #8 on: 02 Sep 2012, 13:00 »

Kitty!

(Said like Boo from Monsters Inc.)
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #9 on: 02 Sep 2012, 16:25 »

My favorite kinds of words are autological words and onomatopoeiae. Sadly, an onomatopoeia is not autological,  nor is the word 'autological'  onomatopoeiaic.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #10 on: 02 Sep 2012, 18:20 »

I've always been partial to facetious. And blasphemy.

Loaf is a fun word too lol (my favorite kind of loaf is the Cat Loaf).
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #11 on: 02 Sep 2012, 19:41 »

Facetious was a close second for me.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #12 on: 03 Sep 2012, 01:25 »

As for loaf.. I like 'Oaf'

ya big Oaf
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #13 on: 03 Sep 2012, 05:52 »

Oaf ... good. And lout. I like the sound of troglodyte, and want to drag out the pronunciation.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #14 on: 03 Sep 2012, 07:57 »

Whimsy.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #15 on: 03 Sep 2012, 08:34 »

Grebe
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #16 on: 03 Sep 2012, 09:17 »

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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #17 on: 03 Sep 2012, 09:43 »

Finagle, It's a whimsical word.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #18 on: 03 Sep 2012, 09:50 »

Is this thread and the one-word answers reminding anyone else of Inside the Actors' Studio?
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #19 on: 03 Sep 2012, 09:52 »

Is this thread and the one-word answers reminding anyone else of Inside the Actors' Studio?

Not really, care to elaborate sir?

I have the urge to now go out and use the word finagle a lot.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #20 on: 03 Sep 2012, 11:05 »

heehee, this is quite a fun thread. OE- superflous was one for me too (as was frivolous), we enjoy similar words.  :-P
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #21 on: 03 Sep 2012, 12:13 »

Inside the Actors' Studio is an interview by James Lipton of a celebrity performer. I haven't seen it for a few years; it was last on the U.S. Bravo channel. At some point during the hour, he asks guests for the word .... I forget exactly ... they like most to hear, like least to hear, favorite epithet, etc. IIRC, Lipton says the short quiz is borrowed from some semi-famous writer. I'm out of time here now, it's possible Wikipedia has an entry on Lipton and the program.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #22 on: 03 Sep 2012, 12:19 »

I've always been rather fond of "zephyr".

"Loaf" is one of those words that make me cringe! Along with "moist" and "sloppy".
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #23 on: 03 Sep 2012, 14:04 »

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I'm more  fond of Fathom myself.

Also, because my Phone happend to suggesties it: mystery.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #24 on: 03 Sep 2012, 14:19 »

I really like "quair", spelling may vary. Irish slang for "very" or "quite".

I also like typing my boyfriend's last name: Flaherty. I like it because of the placement of "e-r-t-y" on the keyboard.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #25 on: 03 Sep 2012, 14:22 »

I've always been a fan of antidisestablishmentarianism. Even if it's not considered a "real" word.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #26 on: 03 Sep 2012, 14:46 »

Of course antidisestablishmentarianism is a real word; it's not hard to see how it could be used in a discussion of views in favour of the disestablishment of the established church in England, which has at certain times been a matter of concern.

If we're merely looking for long words, though, as a child I preferred floccinaucinihilipilification.  Or the German word: Das Hottentottenpotentatentantentotenattentat.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #27 on: 03 Sep 2012, 14:49 »

I wasn't allowed to say that word when I was a child :(
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #28 on: 03 Sep 2012, 17:05 »

'Friday' is my second most favorite F-word.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #29 on: 03 Sep 2012, 19:27 »

I had to write a poem of my favourite words at school - I think it began "gazebo, jacuzzi, orangutang, orc" and also included yam, soixante-et-un and... I just found the poem!

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Gazebo,
Jacuzzi,
Orang-utan,
Imp.

Soldering,
Onion,
Gorgonzola,
Plop.

Mascarpone,
River,
Potato,
Swede.

Onomatopoeia,
Queer,
Elves,
Orc.

Januar,
Carrot,
Soixante-et-un,
Yam is the best,
Ping.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #30 on: 03 Sep 2012, 19:53 »

I've always been rather fond of "zephyr".

That word always makes me think of "scirocco"
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #31 on: 03 Sep 2012, 22:41 »

Pizza
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #32 on: 04 Sep 2012, 00:15 »

Ethereal. It's pretty blue. Effluvia has a dash of pink in it that's really lovely. Ephemeral takes on a bit of orange.


I don't like the meaning of effluvia, though. It's an ugly meaning for such a pretty word. The definition of effluvia should switch with that of, say, fecund. Fecund fits that definition better.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #33 on: 04 Sep 2012, 01:29 »

If we're merely looking for long words, though, as a child I preferred floccinaucinihilipilification.  Or the German word: Das Hottentottenpotentatentantentotenattentat.

If we're not sticking to English words, then another of my favourite words is megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért. It's just fun to say.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #34 on: 04 Sep 2012, 01:35 »

My favourite German word, at that, is 'Larifari'.

Also, whatever happened to the thorn? The thorn was a good letter, guys. We should bring it back.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #35 on: 04 Sep 2012, 04:41 »

Curmudgeon.

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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #36 on: 04 Sep 2012, 04:59 »

Ok. I tried to restrain myself, but you tempted me, so I plead "not guilty". The longest word in Finnish:

kumarreksituteskenteleentuvaisehkollaismaisekkuudellisenneskenteluttelemattomammuuksissansakaankopahan

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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #37 on: 04 Sep 2012, 08:04 »

I've always been rather fond of "zephyr".

"Loaf" is one of those words that make me cringe! Along with "moist" and "sloppy".

Haha one of my friends has a serious issue with the word "moist". I never really understood it.


Effervescent is a fun one too.

If we're including other languages, I've always been fond of pourquoi, pomme de terre, chausettes, saucisson and papillon. :-) French has always been so much more fun to me than English.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #38 on: 04 Sep 2012, 09:10 »

Schadenfreude. I guess that makes me a terrible person, but it's fun to say! As are several other german words.

I also like kitty, saffron, ridiculous, and illuminate, as well as many other words that have been mentioned so far.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #40 on: 05 Sep 2012, 01:53 »

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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #41 on: 06 Sep 2012, 00:01 »

I like the word Lynch,

It's Classy, Yet violent.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #42 on: 10 Sep 2012, 23:20 »

I found another one: Ouroboros.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #43 on: 11 Sep 2012, 03:01 »

Ourobouros: also one of my favourite albums.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #44 on: 11 Sep 2012, 04:14 »

I learned the word, "ourobouros" from Red Dwarf.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #45 on: 11 Sep 2012, 06:14 »

Asinine.
In spanish, I've always been rather amused with "Sacapuntas" and "Atropellar". One for how it sounds, the other for the fact that the only context you'll really see it in is when someone gets run over by a vehicle. So there is a word in spanish that pretty much means "To be run over by a car"
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #46 on: 11 Sep 2012, 07:15 »

Asinine.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #47 on: 11 Sep 2012, 09:50 »

If non-dictionary words are allowed, I saw a wonderful one which was either a brilliant coinage or a happy accident from an ESL writer.

It refers to how people act on Internet forums where their real identities are hidden.

The word is "anonymosity", a mashup of "anonymous" and "animosity".
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #48 on: 11 Sep 2012, 11:34 »

Bwahaha. That's great.

If we're talking about words from our own language I'll throw in: Spetsfundig. I can't translate it but google translate tells me it means "sophisticated" which isn't really accurate but whatever.
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Re: What is your favorite word?
« Reply #49 on: 11 Sep 2012, 12:52 »

Litigious

The g sound has changed from the related words.  This feels like when you hit a smooth, but unexpected bump in the road and your stomach jumps a little. I like it. 
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