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Inspired by a website devoted to people's favorite words.

I was surprised to find that my own personal word preference - cacophony - was already entered.

Other favorites of mine:

ubiquitous
snowfall
serendipity
flitter
flabbergasted
smithereens

What's your favorite word? Why?

Comments

Heebeejeebees

shenanigans

My favorite word of all time is one I made up as a child: monkercaints. It's a noun, used to describe people who I wanted to call dirty names when I couldn't say them in front of my parents or other adults. I'm not really sure how it's spelled, since I came up with it before I could actually write.

As far as real words go, I kind of like the word 'sesquipedalian'.

I like "flummoxed." If used properly and judiciously, it will get a laugh every time.

Have several made-up words from many bored hours in the Navy.

Gritch; a part of your dinner left on your shirt.

Gribble; a small sip from your soda, please?

Gurf; beer then liquor will make you gurf.

Then, a word we hijacked to mean something entirely different...

Gazebo; that's a HUGE zit on your face there... You'd better POP that GAZEBO!

Onomatopoeia. The word itself is rhythmic--like it's doing a little jig off your tongue. And the fact that it means "a word that imitates the sound it describes" is just cool. BAM! CRASH! PURRRRRRRRRRRR :-)

horticulture
lugubrious
saturnine
ostentatious
masticate
germinate
obstreperous

No real idea why. But I like most of the other ones listed here as well.

Mephistophelean
because it is devilish
knucklehead
because it is so old school

asscock
psychopharmocological
salient
douchebag
irregardless*
adequelaciousness**
schwarzenegger

*Wifey and I use this as code to indicate that someone with whom we are conversing is a pretentious ass
**Not sure of the exact spelling; it's from NewsRadio when Bill is expounding about how fantastic it is to be called "adequate"

I like 'cling' and 'moist' because they sound like what they mean.

If you click on the link I provided, I think you'll see that they are referring to REAL words.

Indefatigable, but it's already up.

I could potentially break down and add reconnoiter, if it's not there by the time I go home.

Semi-real words: Irregardless, Misunderestimate.

Hallelujah, and I'm not sure why. I'm not religious at all; I just have always thought it was a beautiful word. It's been my favorite since I was a kid.

How could I forget
"Mollycoddle" ?
as a transitive verb of course, rarely as a noun.
Picked it up from "Aresenic and Old Lace", as in
'Mollycoddle,stuff and nonsense"
God I'm old.......

Are John Madden words allowed? If so I'd choose slobberknocker.

Mendicant.

It just sounds cool.

If we're talking real words I've always enjoted imbroglio, and fisticuffs.

Vagina.

As in ...

"Is that your vagina?"

"Yes, that vagina belongs to me."

I like cornucopia-- especially when paired with 'veritable'

and fuckwad has always been dear to my heart

I actually keep a running list of my favorite words. I think the present toppers are:
whisper
delicious
lunacy
sensual
and always.

Bill,

Also as in...

"Sounds like someone has sand in their vagina"

Well, the official language hasn't caught up with popular usage yet, so mook isn't eligible.

That leaves me with postprandial and condign. And brobdingnagian. And feckless.

eponymous

huggermugger
nonsequitor
billingsgater
raconteur
and of course, albatross

Favorite word: "Yes"

Why: Because of what follows.

voluptuous

lunch

why: because we get to eat!

pretty.
it's simple, it's nice. it's always nice to be told you look pretty, your hair looks pretty, pretty shoes...
pretty.

Plethora. I just like what it means and no one ever uses it.

humuhumunukunukuapua'a. because it rolls right off the tongue, and it's fun to say.

it's the (unofficial) state fish of Hawai'i, also known as the Picasso Triggerfish.

serendipity
transmogrify
fubar
transubstantiate
connivance

Conniption.
As in "Andrew Sullivan is having another conniption fit over abu-ghraib"

I'm a big fan of cacophony and serendipity as well. Also "tranquil", I like it's meaning and the way it tickles my mouth. Ok, that sounds dirty, I didn't mean it that way, but what the hell...

Clearly, "defenestration."

Sisyphean

I love this word and what it implies, the endless, repetitive, futile nature of a task, something I relate to as s single mom. I even have a little statue of Sisyphus ... not exactly for inspiration but just to remind me that things could be worse!

Herculean works when I have to dumb my conversation down a bit ... it doesn't have quite the same effect, though.

Milquetoast.

A great, descriptive word.

Erg.

It's a unit of measure and a superhero name...

Mandible.

Blunderbuss?