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July 18, 2005 4:17 AM   Subscribe

My favorite word. Add your own.
posted by OmieWise (110 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Smock.


Smock Smock Smock Smock Smock Smock Smock.
posted by cyphill at 4:21 AM on July 18, 2005


Spoon. As in, "I love spooning with you."
posted by ParisParamus at 4:24 AM on July 18, 2005


Foxy.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:34 AM on July 18, 2005


We'll post the best of your entries on this site over the next few months, and the best of the best will be included ... in My Favorite Word, a book to be published next year.

"Royalties"
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:44 AM on July 18, 2005


besotted

\Be*sot"ted\, a. Made sottish, senseless, or infatuated; characterized by drunken stupidity, or by infatuation; stupefied.
posted by psmealey at 4:47 AM on July 18, 2005


Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - a fear of long words
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 4:53 AM on July 18, 2005


cacophony
or
diaphanous
or
louche

or all three in one night.
posted by NinjaPirate at 4:57 AM on July 18, 2005


gobshite.

Friendlier words include apocalypse and besmirch.
posted by corvine at 4:58 AM on July 18, 2005


Latin, Gravitas
posted by elpapacito at 5:02 AM on July 18, 2005


the quidnunc kid writes "We'll post the best of your entries on this site over the next few months, and the best of the best will be included ... in My Favorite Word, a book to be published next year."

I didn't see that. I guess I'll have to start reading the links I post.
posted by OmieWise at 5:15 AM on July 18, 2005


Fanny.
posted by emf at 5:20 AM on July 18, 2005


Aluminium (purely for that wacky American pronunciation).
Frostbite
Quixotic
Aneurysm
Schism
Gouge
Grapple

Antidisestablishmentarianism
posted by metaxa at 5:30 AM on July 18, 2005


Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
posted by alumshubby at 5:35 AM on July 18, 2005


Pungent.
posted by dflemingdotorg at 6:02 AM on July 18, 2005


facetiously: all the vowels in alphabetical order and it's just a superb word
posted by herting at 6:04 AM on July 18, 2005


How marvellous, thans OmieWise. I noticed that oniony was missing from their pages, and have remedied that by submitting it.
posted by misteraitch at 6:16 AM on July 18, 2005


I submitted hoi polloi a few weeks ago when I first saw this site.

hoi polloi, n. The common people, the masses.
posted by sdrawkcab at 6:21 AM on July 18, 2005


Molybdenum
Balaclava
Jalalabad
Insouciant
Simulacrum
Cangrejo

Great thread!
posted by Scoo at 6:21 AM on July 18, 2005


Spatula. Saddled with a prosaic meaning yet bursting with potential.
posted by found missing at 6:29 AM on July 18, 2005


ubiquitous
poignant
orichalcum
verisimilitude
posted by jbrjake at 6:33 AM on July 18, 2005


reason
atrophy
empathetic
posted by mikeweeney at 6:33 AM on July 18, 2005


e.g., "Hey is that santorum on the sheets, or is it just spatula?"
posted by found missing at 6:34 AM on July 18, 2005


chthonic
that 'chth' is so damned lovable...
posted by Phantast at 6:42 AM on July 18, 2005


Tsimtsum, obviously.
posted by signal at 6:45 AM on July 18, 2005


asterisk
defenestrate
mercurial
down low fucking
posted by The Jesse Helms at 6:46 AM on July 18, 2005


cuntybollocks
posted by derbs at 6:49 AM on July 18, 2005


Pulchritudinous ouster.
posted by peacay at 6:54 AM on July 18, 2005


On further recollection I also like

behoove
demure
nice
Pyrrhic
posted by The Jesse Helms at 6:55 AM on July 18, 2005


Don't steal my words!

Including onomatopoeia!
posted by The Jesse Helms at 6:56 AM on July 18, 2005


Bumberclot.
posted by chrid at 6:59 AM on July 18, 2005


Pigeon.
posted by shmegegge at 7:14 AM on July 18, 2005


cellar door? no, sorry, already taken. biscuit.
posted by sciurus at 7:20 AM on July 18, 2005


Napkin

Catapult

Plum
posted by leotrotsky at 7:20 AM on July 18, 2005


Labyrinthine
posted by BigCalm at 7:26 AM on July 18, 2005


hoi polloi, n. The common people, the masses.

ahoy polloi, n. Condescening greeting made to Bushwood caddy at yacht club.
posted by three blind mice at 7:27 AM on July 18, 2005


Ointment
posted by Anders Levant at 7:32 AM on July 18, 2005


Osculate.
posted by djseafood at 7:36 AM on July 18, 2005


cataclysm
myriad
posted by shawnj at 7:37 AM on July 18, 2005


A sequel is inevitable, and I'd like to get in on the ground floor by saying that "moist" is my least favorite word.
posted by the_bone at 7:38 AM on July 18, 2005


I dunno, there's so many to choose from.
posted by spock at 7:50 AM on July 18, 2005


Serendipity.
posted by theinsectsarewaiting at 7:52 AM on July 18, 2005


Aquamarine.
Sesquipedalian. With thanks to languagehat for that one.
posted by Tarrama at 7:54 AM on July 18, 2005


Funny, my favorite word is the first example on the page: zephyr.
posted by daninnj at 8:07 AM on July 18, 2005


Bill Hicks once said 'Release' was his favourite.

I like 'plethora' and 'bravado'.
posted by Acey at 8:11 AM on July 18, 2005


Oh, and noir. Just keep saying it to yourself. Noir. Noir. Noir.
posted by Acey at 8:12 AM on July 18, 2005


Nuts, my favorite is "velleity" and it's already there.
posted by nicwolff at 8:24 AM on July 18, 2005


I like intransigent because you feel like the quality it describes when you try to wrap your tongue around it.

Favourite word, though? Transcendent is pretty sweet. So's debauched. Transcendent debauchery? Debauched transcendence?

On a similar note, there's a classic Letterman bit: Top Ten Words That Sound Great Spoken By James Earl Jones. (Scroll down to 01/05/94.)
posted by gompa at 8:27 AM on July 18, 2005


frisky
posted by killy willy at 8:34 AM on July 18, 2005


When in Paris, I used to see 'cafe liegeois' on menus and think it had a wonderful exotic sound to it. I now live in the Netherlands, about half an hour by train from Liege, and have seen what a dump it is. Consequently 'liegeois' has lost much of the magic it used to have.

My current favourite word is 'mellifluous '- especially if spoken by someone with a lilting Irish accent.
posted by PurpleJack at 8:35 AM on July 18, 2005


nary
posted by OmieWise at 8:36 AM on July 18, 2005


not going to add it, but my favorite word is vespertinal which is (imo) a more interesting vespertine - see also vesper.

a vesper... sometimes an evening prayer. in general refers to things of the evening, night. i am certainly a night person and have always been fascinated by the night and that which occurs during.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 8:57 AM on July 18, 2005


The first word that came to mind was vestibule although I have many favorite words. Without a doubt, sure is my least favorite word - too sloppy sounding in a sentence although I am fine with it as a one word response.
posted by geekyguy at 9:02 AM on July 18, 2005


I suggested 'zymurgy'. After all, it's a word used to refer to beer-making generally, so it describes something eminently important.
posted by clevershark at 9:11 AM on July 18, 2005


Ostensibly. And I've always liked autumnal.

And abstemiously also has all the vowels in alphabetical order.
posted by gaspode at 9:12 AM on July 18, 2005


ointment

zygote

persnickety
posted by leftcoastbob at 9:17 AM on July 18, 2005


There's always riposte, and comeuppance.
posted by clevershark at 9:25 AM on July 18, 2005


O
posted by Idiot Mittens at 9:30 AM on July 18, 2005


sostenuto

(Italian for "sustain / sustaining." it's the pedal on a piano that lifts the dampers so the notes ring out as long as they can)

it just feels good in your mouth!

but sagacious and facetious are right up there.
posted by Al_Truist at 9:36 AM on July 18, 2005



Cytoplasm

(and with that)

Endoplasmic

(and)

Reticulum

Just saying it out loud makes you smarter.
posted by tkchrist at 9:37 AM on July 18, 2005


Innuendo
posted by leftcoastbob at 9:54 AM on July 18, 2005


It's the only English language word with seven consonants and only one vowel. Playing Scrabble, if you catch a triple word score, it's worth 36 points. With the bonus for using all seven tiles it's 86 points.

It also stands well on its meaning and sound: Strength
posted by X4ster at 9:56 AM on July 18, 2005 [1 favorite]


floccinaucinihilipilification

It's a goofy word, but has a lovely syncopation.
posted by nep at 10:07 AM on July 18, 2005


My newest word, from the book I finished night before last, is wayzgoose.

One of Sumerset Maugham's books introduced me to the word phthisis. Say that 3 times quickly...

Isn't "you're right" also one of our favorite phrases?
posted by X4ster at 10:09 AM on July 18, 2005


leftcoastbob,
Isn't there an old joke line that goes along with that? Something akin to; "He was so dumb that he thought innuendo was the Italian word for sodomy".
posted by X4ster at 10:13 AM on July 18, 2005


uxorious
traipse
jute
posted by Maishe at 10:15 AM on July 18, 2005


idiocracy - a society of idiots.
rebo - retarded bozo.
specimess - what you return to the nurse at the sperm bank.

From my own Fictionary.
posted by fenriq at 10:33 AM on July 18, 2005


Gazebo
posted by arto at 10:33 AM on July 18, 2005


Wazzock
posted by flashboy at 10:39 AM on July 18, 2005


Boustrophedonic. Great etymology.
posted by painquale at 10:55 AM on July 18, 2005


Indubitably indubitably.
posted by swlabr at 10:56 AM on July 18, 2005


Sinistral is pretty good, too.
And stot (stotting, stotted), for good measure.

But I stand by foxy for first choice.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:02 AM on July 18, 2005


omphaloskepsis
chthonic
farrago
mellifluous
posted by gnutron at 11:06 AM on July 18, 2005


I agree with theinsectsarewaiting. "Serendipity"


Also, I love the word "onomatopoetic," one of the two acceptable adjective forms of onomatopoeia
posted by piratebowling at 11:14 AM on July 18, 2005


quincunux
posted by Capn at 11:27 AM on July 18, 2005


bumpkin
posted by transient at 11:47 AM on July 18, 2005


I've always enjoyed "mediocrity".

Not so much actual mediocrity, though. But the word's got a great rhythm and sound.
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 12:27 PM on July 18, 2005


Somebody just called somebody this this morning: hell-spawn. Well I like that. But my favorite insult is still "Typical."
posted by Lady Penelope at 12:31 PM on July 18, 2005


Big ups to painquale for boustrophedonic - one of my favorites, too. I think my current favorite though has to be usufruct, because it sounds filthy, but really isn't at all.
posted by kcds at 1:16 PM on July 18, 2005


I give you the champion of monosyllabry: scraunched.
posted by pmbuko at 1:19 PM on July 18, 2005


Zaftig.
posted by mr.marx at 2:03 PM on July 18, 2005


Culvert.
posted by alms at 2:17 PM on July 18, 2005


Waffle
posted by eggonstilts at 2:40 PM on July 18, 2005


Quotidian.
posted by Lynsey at 2:51 PM on July 18, 2005


X4ster:
Pretty much the same, but I heard that Innuendo was the Italian version of Preparation H.
posted by leftcoastbob at 3:19 PM on July 18, 2005


Thug - it sounds so...thuggish?
posted by ramix at 3:24 PM on July 18, 2005


Love. It's really all you need.
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 3:53 PM on July 18, 2005


floccinaucinihilipilification: You beat me to it, nep.

My second vote goes to haecceity.
posted by Goblindegook at 3:58 PM on July 18, 2005


(Cleave is another favourite of mine, mostly because it's its own antonym.)
posted by Goblindegook at 4:04 PM on July 18, 2005


difficult to pick just one.

mellifluous

loquacious

unctuous

sycophant

irenic

swank
posted by brandz at 4:36 PM on July 18, 2005


Ungulate
Allure
Effloresce
Hegemony
posted by ZaphodB at 4:56 PM on July 18, 2005


So many words, so little time.

xebec
fritillary
stravaiging (how I describe my time spent on the Internet)
and one from the site: hemidemisemiquaver.

Usufruct, sesquipedalian, and molybdenum (from this post) are also long-time favorites.

One of Somerset Maugham's books introduced me to the word phthisis.

I just saw that this morning for the first time, in a young adult novel, and thought the author had made it up.
posted by LeLiLo at 6:26 PM on July 18, 2005


I just used the word "succinct" and trailed off, thinking that I really like that word.
posted by leftcoastbob at 6:34 PM on July 18, 2005


Phlegm. Because that 'g' is just perfect there - even though it's silent, it remidns you of the part of your throat where phelgm comes from.
posted by bunglin jones at 6:47 PM on July 18, 2005


proclivity is another favorite.
posted by brandz at 8:13 PM on July 18, 2005


silver
oubliette
ululate

i love this link. thanks.
posted by makonan at 8:16 PM on July 18, 2005


privy
pervy
peristaltic
posted by gorgor_balabala at 8:35 PM on July 18, 2005


I've always been partial to burl and, well, calypso.
posted by Staggering Jack at 11:00 PM on July 18, 2005


X4ster: strengths has one extra consonant.

Are proper names allowed? I'm totally in love with "Habablab".
posted by flabdablet at 11:37 PM on July 18, 2005


Ah yes, so many wonderful words. Has anyone else in the group read "The Madman and the Professor"? It's a great book about words and the initial work developing the Oxford English Dictionary.

Here's a great quote from "The Madman and the Professor":

“No language depending on arbitrary use and custom can ever be permanently the same, but will always be in a mutable and fluctuating state; and what is deemed polite and elegant in one age, may be accounted uncouth and barbarous in another” Benjamin Martin, contributing editor to the Oxford English Dictionary.

And a few words and definitions;

Network- any thing reticulated, or decussated, at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections.

…treated by alienists
…in the sense of chatechizing someone, making his or her arguments stand up to severe scrutiny…
… to whinge…
…diktats
…ashtrakhan-collared coats
atrabilious- gloomy, ill natured, peevish,
posted by X4ster at 12:33 AM on July 19, 2005


brandz - "difficult to pick just one" It's impossible for me. I really like your choices; mellifluous, loquacious, unctuous & sycophant.

Among my other favorite submissions;
leftcoastbob - succinct
NinjaPirate - cacophony
herting - facetiously
jbrjake – ubiquitous, poignant, verisimilitude
The Jesse Helms –behoove
gompa - intransigent

I haven't seen grandiloquent listed yet.
posted by X4ster at 1:24 AM on July 19, 2005


This has bugging me, because a couple of years ago I heard a word that sounded beautiful and had a beautiful meaning -- the reflection of the moon on water. But I forgot it almost immediately and google searches haven't helped me find it...so yeah that. Does anyone know?

Oh, and I used to like "evanescence" until that lame band appeared on the scene.

OK, how about: distortion and e-bow.
posted by Devils Slide at 2:15 AM on July 19, 2005


A lot of these words sound like things Captain Haddock called people who annoyed him.
posted by Devils Slide at 2:31 AM on July 19, 2005


Callipygous, for the win.
posted by dsquid at 5:52 AM on July 19, 2005


incunabula
posted by modavis at 11:45 AM on July 19, 2005


spoonerism, definitely spoonerism.
posted by humbe at 1:37 PM on July 19, 2005


ennui
posted by keks at 6:40 PM on July 19, 2005


fucktards!!!
posted by Phantast at 3:17 PM on July 20, 2005


"...you have selected, regicide. If you know the name of the king or queen being murdered, press..."
posted by 517 at 3:31 PM on July 20, 2005


Yay!
posted by If I Had An Anus at 9:12 AM on July 21, 2005


fecund, fecundity
posted by lois1950 at 10:32 AM on July 27, 2005


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