Favorite words

Many times I’ve posted about “words and phrases I hate,” but now let’s walk on the sunnier side and list the words we like (phrases would be too onerous). I was inspired by the tweet below that Matthew sent me from Jonathan Eisen, evolutionary biologist and brother of Wormageddon instigator Michael Eisen:

These words seem to be chosen because of their sounds, which, I suppose, is the best criterion for having a favorite word. Mine, however are a mixture of sound and meaning. And I don’t have a list, so I’ll just put a few down off the top of my head:

ratiocination (learned from Hitchens)
rodomontade
particolored
uxorious (learned on my own, but Hitchens used it often)
jeremiad
subfusc
exiguous
usufructs
unctuous
argot
gamine
noisome
farrago
arrant
sedulous
lubricious

That’s a good selection. Your turn (put one or more of your favorites below).

287 Comments

  1. Barry Lyons
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Deciduous

  2. Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Obsequious
    Scintillating
    Gregarious
    Ostensibly

  3. Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Cool! Good words! 🙂

    Protean
    Screed
    Ubiquitous
    Antipodian
    Fallacy

  4. ethologist
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    unctuous
    hallelujah
    evolution
    happenstance
    straphanger
    accommodate
    malleable
    poltroon
    aggrandizement
    bioluminescent
    lubrication (first polysyllabic word I was able to sound out when learning to read–it was on a service station)

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      +1 unctuous – a Hitchens word, as I see it.

      • JP415
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        Unctuous=Eddie Haskell

      • Filippo
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

        On radioopensource.org/hitchens-v-god Hitch was going back and forth with Princeton professor Eddie Glaude. He critiqued Glaude’s logorrhea as “white noise . . . Not a single thing you just said made a word of sense to me . . . I make my living analyzing(?) words.” He pointedly reflected on Glaude’s “unctuous tone.”

        • ThyroidPlanet
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

          Nice

          I remember it vaguely from a debate ( of course) but perhaps with Francis Collins?!? Can’t recall… I seem to recall he said “people dying of their teeth”..

    • Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      “Poltroon” is a good one!

      • Don Mackay
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

        Check out your Oxford Dictionary, then ask: would I vote for one.

    • Filippo
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      “poltroon”

      I have a paperback history of Washington I read once in the late 70’s. He referred to someone as “a damn poltroon.” Funny what one can’t forget from a book.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

        Sort of the same flavour as scofflaw

  5. joe routon
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Hemidemisemiquaver

    • merilee
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

      +1
      Was that from John Barth, or was that a hemisemidemigod?

      • Don Mackay
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

        I don’t think Dr Spooner would approve: more likely a drum roll.

        • Filippo
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

          “I don’t think Dr Spooner would approve: more likely a drum roll.”

          Would you rather have a well-oiled bicycle or a well-boiled icicle?

          • Don Mackay
            Posted August 8, 2020 at 3:39 am | Permalink

            I guess that would depend on the reading on my mirthometer.

          • cyan
            Posted August 8, 2020 at 4:31 am | Permalink

            I suppose that, theoretically, a well-boiled icicle could exist, but only if there were absolutely no air pressure. If there were actually a choice between the two, therefore, both would have to be at zero air pressure. But with no air pressure around, a well-oiled bicycle would have blown-out tires and so would be useless. The boiled icicle would still be useful in all the ways that an unboiled icicle is, e.g. stab your foe in the heart, return him to normal pressure, and no murder weapon can be found. Whereas, its much more difficult to stab with a bicycle, especially when it’s so slippery with all the oil.

    • Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      I like the well-tempered clavier.

      • cyan
        Posted August 9, 2020 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

        much better than an irritable clavicle

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Mine all seem to have an Ancient language structure:

    Potentate
    Avuncular
    Pugnacious
    Loquacious
    Risible

    • Posted August 8, 2020 at 6:08 am | Permalink

      don’t you mean “wisible”?

      • merilee
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 9:21 am | Permalink

        😂

      • cyan
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 9:45 am | Permalink

        wuv the wisible wing-ed kekulean constrictor?

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

        😁 Only when you need to throw someone to the floor roughly.

  7. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Hooray! Been looking forward to this one!…. (still looking forward to more WIH … is that an acronym yet?)…

    BYW Sullivan’s dish is out – excellent writing.

  8. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Lenticular

  9. Xray
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    syzygy (astronomical)

    • Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      And scrabble game winner.

    • JP415
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      That was the title of an X-Files episode. That’s the only reason I know what the term means.

    • Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      This reminded me of a CA town I’m the Mojave. Zzyzx.

      • Filippo
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

        “Zzyzx.”

        Does that have a certain meaning or provenance? When I was in the USN, in 1983 in Olongopo City in the Philippines, I saw a most excellent all-female pop/rock vocal quartet (three Filipinas and one Aussie who was fluent in Tagalog), with a five-piece band, named “Zzyzx.” (I was sufficiently smitten to persist in acquiring
        a video of them and to remember their names – Anna, Pat, Max and Lie). I should have asked them what “Zzyzx” means. I wonder how life is for them now.)

        • Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

          According to Wikipedia:

        • Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

          According to Wikipedia:

          The name appeared as “Zzyzx Springs” in Dmitri Borgmann’s 1967 book Beyond Language.

          I always remember the “Zzyzx Road” exit sign pictured on the Wikipedia page from when I was a child on family trips passing through the desert on I-15.

        • Posted August 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

          I believe there is/was mining company named Zyzxx, and Soda Springs CA changed to Zzyzx. Love the sign on I15

  10. uommibatto
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Great words!

    avuncular
    ludic (just learned it)
    halcyon

    i’m sure I have many more but gotta get a “word” in edgewise before you are inundated!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      halcyon is a good one.

  11. Eric Shumard
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Serendipity. Come on, one can say dipity and still be taken seriously.

    • jezgrove
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      I was going to say that was my favourite, ever after I came across it accidentally…

      • ladyatheist
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

        😀

    • Posted August 8, 2020 at 6:10 am | Permalink

      Definitely my favourite. 😊

  12. Joseph McClain
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    For years, my favorite word has been “antimacassar.” I like it because it’s such a formidable-looking and -sounding word for what it defines.

  13. Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    tintinnabulation
    unctuous
    edgewise (h/t uommibatto)
    multiverse
    aboutness
    gaslight

    I’m sure there are a lot more but I lack a quick way to access them.

    • ladyatheist
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

      I learned tintinabulation from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Bells.”

  14. JP415
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    “Discombobulated”—the word sounds like the state it describes.

    • merilee
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      You beat me to it with discombobulated.
      I think my mother coined the word gooferfeathers for burrs that stick to dogs.

    • Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      As does phlegm, when you hear it. Not that it’s one of my favorite words.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

        Which makes me remember that onomatopoeia is one of my favourite words.

    • Posted August 7, 2020 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Speaking of which, I like “cattywumpus.”

      • merilee
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

        Or kittywampus

      • JP415
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

        I wonder if “cattywumpus” has some connection to the legend of the “Wampus cat.”

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wampus_cat

      • Filippo
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

        “Cattywompus.”

        My mother used to refer to my brother and me as “Wampus Pig” and “Wampus Cat.” I don’t recall which was which.

  15. John S. Adair
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    phlebotomy
    hysteresis
    interstitial
    splendiferous
    folderol
    defenestration

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Oh I like defenestration….one that’s tricky for English speakers but probably easy for German and French speakers.

      • merilee
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

        +1

      • ladyatheist
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

        I love that word!

        But now that I think of it, shouldn’t there be a verb for removing a window? You can rehang a window, replace a window, upgrade a window, but only after removing the one that’s already there.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

          And along the same lines of thought if defenestration also means to kick someone out of power, I think if you change your mind it could be refenestration.

          • rickflick
            Posted August 7, 2020 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

            refenestration: bring back Obama.

            • merilee
              Posted August 7, 2020 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

              Which might, with any luck, also result in reforestation

        • merilee
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

          Yeah, without actually defenestrating yourself.

      • Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        me too

  16. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    One of the most important and possibly fascinating words for a reader of history is – sovereignty.

    It has been the struggle since the beginning and not so easy to spell either.

  17. drosophilist
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m partial to “equinox” and “quixotic,” because they are the only words I know in the English language that have both a Q and an X.

    • Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      That’s exquisite.

      • drosophilist
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

        Ooh, I missed one, thank you, darwinwins!

        • Dick Veldkamp
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

          Chancellor of the Exchequer

  18. Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    windowsill
    mischief
    flabbergasted
    perceptive,-ion
    fetch (a great word not much used any more)
    ineluctable
    agenbite
    coherent
    synchronous

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      To go with fetch (for sound) also “wretch”. As in “he was such a wretch”.

  19. Kenneth Webb
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Anodyne

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Oh wow what an expressive word – learned it right here!

  20. revelator60
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Ever since reading Sir Thomas Urquhart’s translation of Rabelais I have been very fond of “Metagrobolize.”

    Sample sentence:
    “I find my brains altogether metagrabolized and confounded, and my spirits in a most duncical puzzle at the bitter talk of this devilish, hellish, damned fool.”

    • revelator60
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      For more of Sir Thomas’s translation magic and way with bizarre words, here is a sentence from chapter XXV of Gargantua and Pantagruel, book one:

      “The bun-sellers or cake-makers were in nothing inclinable to their request; but, which was worse, did injure them most outrageously, calling them prattling gabblers, lickorous gluttons, freckled bittors, mangy rascals, shite-a-bed scoundrels, drunken roysters, sly knaves, drowsy loiterers, slapsauce fellows, slabberdegullion druggels, lubberly louts, cozening foxes, ruffian rogues, paltry customers, sycophant-varlets, drawlatch hoydens, flouting milksops, jeering companions, staring clowns, forlorn snakes, ninny lobcocks, scurvy sneaksbies, fondling fops, base loons, saucy coxcombs, idle lusks, scoffing braggarts, noddy meacocks, blockish grutnols, doddipol-joltheads, jobbernol goosecaps, foolish loggerheads, flutch calf-lollies, grouthead gnat-snappers, lob-dotterels, gaping changelings, codshead loobies, woodcock slangams, ninny-hammer flycatchers, noddypeak simpletons, turdy gut, shitten shepherds, and other suchlike defamatory epithets”.

      • JP415
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

        “Shite-a-bed scoundrels.” I have to use that one someday.

        • jezgrove
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

          You and Johnny Depp (allegedly)…

  21. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Two of the most important words today:

    positive
    negative

  22. Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    recrudescence (leared from Hitchens)
    recalcitrant (Cormac McCarthy)
    buggered (Hugh Grant)
    obsequious (religion/dogs)
    cipher (math, but applies to humans too)
    idempotent (quantum mechanics)
    proffer (Hitchens/WEIT)
    prating knave (you know who)
    firmament (Hamlet/McCarthy)

    Words are easier to remember when you remember where you get them from

    • Filippo
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      From some “restoration rake” period movie. “Saucy,” as in “saucy wench.”

  23. Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    contrafibularities

    Anaspeptic

    Compunctuous

    Pericombobulation

    And my favourite

    Interfrastically

    • Billywindsock
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

      You should get Baldrick to write them down.

      • merilee
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

        As part of his cunning plan?

  24. Historian
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I can’t recall if any of these words were on my SATS, but I’m guessing not many. Otherwise, I would have been in big trouble.😊

  25. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Noctilucent

  26. Posted August 7, 2020 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    widdershins, does it mean:

    (a) something made out of (goat) horn
    (b) shinbone protection
    (c) counterclock-wise

    It comes from Middle Low German weddersinne, and that’s close to the german “widersinnig” — literally “against one’s senses”, i.e. irrational. English meaning is counter-clock-wise.

    Three more:

    snowclone
    anodyne
    diatribe

  27. amyt
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Lugubrious

    • Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      I love that one!

      • Barbara Radcliffe
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        regarding ‘lugubrious’, it is used in our household to describe desserts with far too much cream and sugar. Yes, I know that’s not it’s actual meaning, but….
        I don’t know where this will be posted given the current WordPress peculiarity (not a bad word in itself:

  28. bonetired
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Cwtch …

  29. Steve
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Plethora
    Solipsistic
    Squamous
    Fuck
    Conglomerate

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      I was going to write “fuck” as well. I love swearing in Germanic languages. A lot to do with pooping too.

      • Steve
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

        So happy to get a response Diana.
        You are a contributor to this website, if I’m not mistaken. Is that right?
        Anyway, I just love the word “fuck.” It’s such a versatile word.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

          Nah I’m just a regular reader. I just blab a lot.

  30. Mark Grieveson
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Antidisestablishmentarianism

  31. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    duende
    defeasible
    boffin
    artificer
    troilism
    fabula and syuzhet
    ablate
    hypodescent
    rubicund
    rebarbative
    asperity
    involute
    malversation
    sunder
    proleptic
    immiserate
    catafalque
    apodictic
    lachrymal
    execrate
    plutophagy
    fissiparous
    hysteresis
    propitiate
    apotropaic
    barratry
    premonitory
    mononymous
    nescience
    palter
    connoissance
    theophanous
    supererogatory
    patinate

  32. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Pyrrhic as in pyrrhic victory which sadly I’ve used twice this week to describe encounters and outcomes.

  33. Roger Lambert
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Languid

    Chiaroscuro

  34. merilee
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Eschew obfuscation

  35. Paul Matthews
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Person
    Woman
    Man
    Camera
    TV

    Oh wait, that’s a different list.

    I
    You
    The
    Thing
    Is

    What would we do without them?

    I kid. As others have mentioned, it’s hard to come up with favourite words until one happens to encounter them. But among the ones that others have presented, I’m particularly partial to “quixotic” and “avuncular” for some reason.

    I am familiar with all of Eisen’s words (presumably “hers” isn’t one of his favourites as he hasn’t spelled it properly), but as for our host’s—-yikes I thought I had a good vocabulary but I need a dictionary.

    For a future post, I suggest words you can never remember the meaning of. Two of mine are “shibboleth” and “palimpsest”, although I may be finally coming to grips with them.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      And I thought if I answered, “moist” it would be funny. This is even better.

    • ladyatheist
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      Man
      Woman
      Birth
      Death
      Infinity

    • Steve Gerrard
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      Try to remember the meaning of lethologica.

    • Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, “I have the best words”. LOL

  36. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    apoplectic is a good one too as is acerbic.

  37. Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    covfefe

  38. Ken Pidcock
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. The fact that Superfluous doesn’t make anyone’s list strikes me as odd.

  39. Marion
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Australopithecus, because it’s fun to say.

  40. Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Hepatic encephalopathy. A term I use to explain to people that doctors can charge more if they use latin and greek words because they sound impressive.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      Ha ha I’ve been arguing for years that doctors and others in the medical vocations use Greek and Latin to sound important and separate themselves as educated from their patients. My favourite examples are the podiatrist calling my condition “pes planus” for “flat feet” and my dentist calling my mouth guard a “bruxism device”. In retaliation I call my podiatrist “my foot doctor” and my dentist “my tooth guy”. 😀

      • Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

        Yep. Sometimes they make good joke fodder, at least, as in Jerry Seinfeld’s treatment of “rhinoplasty.”

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

          Ha ha yes or when he is accused of being an “anti-dentite”.

      • Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

        Indeed; salpingo-oophorectomy

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

          Oh yes the word oophorectomy is a favourite because when your ovaries are removed it’s like someone punched you and you went “ooph”. Nephrology is good too because I think of Nefertiti.

          • Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

            And I believe the root referring to the fallopian tube means trumpet; appropriate

      • ladyatheist
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

        I was really disappointed when I learned French, because it turned out that “grand mal” seizure and “Petit mal” seizure mean “really bad” and “kind of bad.”

        It’s no wonder French people are so cranky.

  41. Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Metatron…a figure of Jewish mysticism that sounds like a futuristic super-robot.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      Or a kind of Jurassic dinosaur.

      • jezgrove
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        Wonderful!

  42. Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    asymptotic.

    That’s enough for me for now.

    • Roger Lambert
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      It’s certainly close enough for the time being. 🙂

      • Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

        Reminds me of a mildly dirty joke told by a calculus professor I had who was teaching calculus for engineers. I won’t tell the joke, but you can already tell what it would be, I’m sure.

        • merilee
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

          My students used to titter over asymptotes.

  43. Kenneth Webb
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Priapic

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      or the condition “priapism”.

  44. Gareth Price
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Sequoia

    • jezgrove
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      Yosemite!

    • Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      One of my favourites though I didn’t remember to list it. I also like seraglio, imbroglio, fracas, and ennui, even though these are non-English words.

      • cyan
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

        oh! oui, oui to ennui!

        the word.

        non, non to the state

        • Posted August 8, 2020 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

          Also ettui. I love cyan, cinnabar, vermilion, chartreuse, celadon, malachite, and rosewood. I just like how certain words sound and slip off the tongue. Like chimichurri and chimichanga!

  45. David Tinkler
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    sanction — because of its seemingly contradictory meanings

    antidisestablishmentarianism – because I learned to spell it as a first grader, and because it aligns with my position on the state support of the church (ha!)

    verisimilitude — just because

    • jezgrove
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Cleave is another one of those words with diametrically opposed meanings.

      • uommibatto
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        As is in today’s usage the word “nonplussed,” which can mean both nonplussed and, well, plussed, I guess.

        As in either upset or nonchalant/unbothered.

        • merilee
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

          But not minused😬

          • Filippo
            Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

            “nonplussed and, well, plussed . . . .”

            I’m reminded that I need to learn when to use “uncanny,” and when to use “canny.”

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted August 7, 2020 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

              Like people using infamous when they mean famous.

              • jezgrove
                Posted August 8, 2020 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

                Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!

              • Filippo
                Posted August 8, 2020 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

                “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!”

                If something can catch fire, is it “flammable” or “inflammable”?

                That double-edged prefix “in-” is a pesky (“peckish”?) thing.

              • ThyroidPlanet
                Posted August 8, 2020 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

                The Pope is what you call therrre, ahhh, inflammable.

              • Posted August 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

                This reminds me of one of my favorites used when teaching immunology – anamnestic. The root refers to memory; put an a in front [amnesia] and you have forgetting; put an an in front and you have not forgetting, or memory!

              • merilee
                Posted August 8, 2020 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

                Like ravel and unravel meaning the same thing.

              • Filippo
                Posted August 11, 2020 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

                “Like ravel and unravel meaning the same thing.”

                I’m reminded of sanctions “for” and “against.”

              • merilee
                Posted August 11, 2020 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

                ✔️

  46. darrelle
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    What I could think of off the top of my head, having never really thought about favorite words. I mean, in one sense I’d have to include f!@# in any favorites list, but . . .

    mundify
    frabjous
    codswallop
    mellifluous
    unctuous
    loquacious
    pulchrify
    mistral
    islet
    dongle

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      Ha ha. I used the word “dongle” in IT at work one day and some people laughed at the word. They didn’t have an IT background and had just joined so I think that’s why as I’ve been saying “dongle” since the 90s when I started working. I asked around and everyone else knew what it was. I do like saying it too as it sounds like it is a bit salacious.

      • darrelle
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        Exactly! It’s fun to say and sort of makes me giggle or at least smile, in my head at least.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

          Donglegate.

        • JP415
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

          I remember that. An early example of cancel culture.

          • jezgrove
            Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

            Everybody on both sides got cancelled, which goes to show how crazy the whole thing is.

            • JP415
              Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

              MAC: Mutually Assured Cancellation

              • jezgrove
                Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

                I guess that’s what happens when the Woke meet the anti-Woke…!

      • Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        Dongle was used in IT even before the 90s. It was around when I entered the field professionally in 1974. Dongles were part of a copy protection scheme. A dongle would be attached to an I/O port. When the software product ran, it first read data from the port. If it didn’t read some magic number, or failed to find the device at all, it refused to run or ran only in “demo mode”. Customers could install the software for free but they had to pay for the dongle that would allow it to run.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

          Yes I’m aware the terminology has a long history but I didn’t start working until the 90s.

      • Filippo
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

        dingle, dangle, jingle jangle. Dingleberry.

        Shuboshuate. As in, he couldn’t get inside quickly enough. He had to shuboshuate outside on the ground.

  47. freiner
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    gardyloo

  48. mfdempsey1946
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    The perfect embodiment of a rarely achieveable state, and then only transiently so:

    pellucid.

  49. john avise
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    ambivalence, as in:

    Does ambivalence
    Make much sense?
    I don’t know or much care,
    Anytime or anywhere
    So I’ll just sit on the fence!

    skeptic, as in:

    Every scientist is a skeptic;
    Against Faith it’s an antiseptic.
    And if you believe this,
    Then I must insist,
    You’re not being scientific!

  50. jezgrove
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Somnambulism

    • Matthew Jenkins
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Jeopardize! I can imagine the word lounging on a jungle branch flicking its tail.
      Acquiesce! Even sounds like water.
      And ‘soliloquy’. My wife was grumbling once about what a bunch of ingrates we are, and I murmured to my eldest that mum could just say ‘monologue #3’ and save time. Marisa paused and said thoughtfully that ‘it’s more of a soliloquy really, as nobody’s listening’. A nice word.
      I emailed Scott Adams with that gag as I thought it would go nicely in a Dilbert cartoon, but alas he never used it.

  51. Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  52. normwalsh
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    infinitesimal.

  53. Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    sommelier
    portmanteau
    reconnoitre
    ambrosia
    limn
    cephalopelvic disproportion (phrase)
    contour
    curvaceous
    concur
    gleam
    gloaming
    iridescent
    verdant
    sequester
    cloistered
    hunger
    elucidate
    sandwich
    linguine
    languid
    bisque
    rosebud
    risible
    soiree
    splendour
    splendiferous
    serendipity
    sanctimonious
    succulent
    unctuous
    wily
    unremarkable (when used by doctors)
    (the one that always makes me giggle is ‘Bespoke’)
    hippopotamus
    mulled
    incurious
    fatuous
    provenance
    folly
    finagle
    parsimonious
    persimmons
    flummox

  54. Type Logician
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    ontic
    residuation
    bloviating
    equiprimordial
    soi-disant

  55. boudiccadylis
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Truncate

  56. MacSlernz
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    quaff
    sequestered
    pontificate
    piwakawaka (NZ fantail)
    hunch
    munch
    bandolier
    umbrella

    • JP415
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      There’s an apocryphal story that when Pepsi began selling its product in Thailand in the 70s, the slogan “Come alive, you’re in the Pepsi generation” was mistakenly translated as “Pepsi makes your ancestors return from the dead.”

      I read the story in a copy of the The Old Farmer’s Almanac when I was a kid and I’ve never forgotten it. Snopes couldn’t verify the story, but I want it to be true!

      https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/come-alive/

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

        I’d buy Pepsi if I saw an ad like that and I hate Pepsi. I’d sim to build a huge ancestor army.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

          Sim=aim

        • JP415
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

          They could do A Walking Dead cross-promotion or something.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

            Or Game of Thrones white walkers.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      And the one guy said he was angry because using Maori word was cu,turns, appropriation and you shouldn’t just use someone else’s language. Good grief. I had a dog called Kuri when I was a kid. Kuri is Maori for dog. No Maori I to,d about it ever told me I culturally appropriated them. Besides, I’d just say I meant to call my place “pubic hair” so there!

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

        I meant “cultural” you’ll see where. It was because of the so many languages in English. I subconsciously couldn’t appropriate anymore.

        • Barbara Radcliffe
          Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

          We had a previous cat called ‘Neko-san’ (Mr Cat in Japanese), and none of our Japanese friends found that inappropriate. Our now senior cat is called ‘Xhimi’ which is Tibetan for cat, and again no problems, although I know only two Tibetans, and one of them gave me the word.

      • jezgrove
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

        Good grief – the whole success of English is down to its ability to assimilate foreign words. And without the Latin and Germanic influences it would barely exist at all…!

  57. jhs
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    cockamamie

    statistics

  58. Mark Joseph
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Sound: mellifluous
    Meaning: expatiate
    On Jerry’s list, too: exiguous
    Snark: ex-president Trump
    Personal reasons too hard to explain: lieu

  59. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Gubernatorial is also a favourite.

    • Roger Lambert
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      How about fiduciary? That one had me ignorantly giggling the first time I heard it.

    • Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      That is a good one.

      • Filippo
        Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

        “Gubernatorial is also a favourite.

        That is a good one.”

        For some states it may be “Goobernatorial.”

  60. garman
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Take your lists and scramble the words to make fantastic band names:

    Unctuous Munch
    Phalanges of the Crestfallen
    The Lugubrious Boffins
    A Cacophony of Troubadours

    • Roger Lambert
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

      LOL.

      If only Jethro Tull had been named Unctuous Munch, Ian Anderson could have had a field day.

  61. Denny
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    insegrievious

  62. KD33
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see subfusc on your list! I thought I was the only one.

    Also,:
    -galore
    -syzygy (good hangman word)

  63. Posted August 7, 2020 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I prefer orthogonal to perpendicular. You can end an argument simply by saying something like “My views are orthogonal to yours.” They say “Huh?” and go away.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      “What are you doing using your big school words? Just use normal people words and I’ll understand what you’re talking about.” – Ricky

    • jhs
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 9:34 am | Permalink

      I, a statistician, would take it to mean that your views are “independent” of mine.

  64. John Dentinger
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Well, darwinwins, so far you have only half-disappointed me–whereas all the rest have whole-disappointed me. At least you got covfefe right–but you did not list the word that has become the most important word in my vocabulary, and which should be the most important for everyone: bigly.

  65. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Chocolate.

    It rolls over the tongue.

    [No, really, all my favorites were taken. Can maybe add “mollusk” since it sounds funny with Swedish as mother tongue. Like chocolate taste, no real reason, it just works out that way.]

  66. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh, seeing the lede, I should likely add this:

    NASA to Reexamine Nicknames for Cosmic Objects

    Distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies, and nebulae are sometimes referred to by the scientific community with unofficial nicknames. As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful. NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    As an initial step, NASA will no longer refer to planetary nebula NGC 2392, the glowing remains of a Sun-like star that is blowing off its outer layers at the end of its life, as the “Eskimo Nebula.” “Eskimo” is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions. Most official documents have moved away from its use. NASA will also no longer use the term “Siamese Twins Galaxy” to refer to NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, a pair of spiral galaxies found in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. Moving forward, NASA will use only the official, International Astronomical Union designations in cases where nicknames are inappropriate.

    [ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-to-reexamine-nicknames-for-cosmic-objects/ ]

    The Universe is Woke.

  67. rickflick
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Look at all those favorite words!
    A great question.
    I have one word to add: Hammurabi

    As in the code of Hammurabi. He was the king who implemented the early legal system. A first of an important aspect of civilization. Nice word.

  68. ladyatheist
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Quodlibet. It describes this comment thread perfectly.

    Underpants. Are they pants that go under something or they an adjective turned into a noun? When you wear both underpants and pants, do you have underpants under pants or are you really wearing under-underpants?

    Perspicacious. Is that stinky thinking?

    Poultry

    Bungle

    Covert

    Crepuscule / Crepuscular

    penal substitution — I don’t believe in it, and I enjoy saying that Christians do.

    … and all of the 7 words you can’t say on television.

    • merilee
      Posted August 7, 2020 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      I hope the underpants(or pants, as the Brits call them) dilemma doesn’t keep you up at night.🤓I was helping my 4-yr.-old granddaughter change out of her bathing suit recently and asked her if she needed help with her underpants. She kinda humphed and said “I call them uNderwear or just undies.”
      Then, after successfully dealing with her undies, she proceeded to put both legs through the same leg of the stretchy shorts attached to her skirt, and was happy to leave them like that.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 12:12 am | Permalink

        Gotchies

        • merilee
          Posted August 8, 2020 at 12:15 am | Permalink

          I’ll have to introduce her to that term.

        • jezgrove
          Posted August 8, 2020 at 4:28 am | Permalink

          I’ve heard the shorts inside a skirt called “skorts” – it might be a British thing, although I don’t think so.

          • merilee
            Posted August 8, 2020 at 9:13 am | Permalink

            Yes,a skort it is, but maybe I was womansplaining for the “gentlemen” in the group🤓

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted August 8, 2020 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

            The whole thing is a skort. Gotchies are Canadian slang for underwear.

            • merilee
              Posted August 8, 2020 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

              And western Pennsylvania “gutchies”.

  69. Kevin Patfield
    Posted August 7, 2020 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Litotes

  70. Cleve Cavness
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Nibble

  71. cyan
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    adamantine – favorite word by far because it is so mellifluous to hear, your cheeks and lips pull back when saying it, causing you to smile, and the mental image that it provokes elicits a feeling of timeless strength

    flocculent – one sees a flock of sheep when enunciating it: very apropos

    pluripotent – saying is playing, and it conjures a fun mental image

    just fun to say:
    falafel
    subtle
    luscious

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      Adamantine also makes me think of Wolverine, which is a bonus.

  72. David Harper
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    I see that syzygy was claimed quite early on, so I’ll have to offer instead, on an astronomical or mathematical theme:

    almucantar
    loxodrome
    herpolhode

    • rickflick
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      I took a guess at meanings before looking them up:

      almucantar – A song begging for alms.
      loxodrome – Where liquid oxygen is loaded.
      herpolhode – A harness for snakes and lizards.

      I was incorrect.

  73. David Harper
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    Also, as of this morning:

    huruhuru

    You may need to read this news article for context:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/07/beer-brand-and-leather-store-unwittingly-named-after-maori-word-for-pubic-hair

  74. Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Sad… too many Greek & Latin words in most replies! Call me a nativist but I like my tongue for its Germanic roots – nice consonant clusters…

    Rawish
    Damp
    Clumsy
    Winter
    Drizzling
    Sleet
    Chilleth
    Wan
    Bleak
    Numbed
    Earth

    That string of words comes from an Elizabethan play…

    • jezgrove
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 4:31 am | Permalink

      No surprise that on a beautiful sunny day you went with “winter”, “sleet”, “drizzling” etc. Dom!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

      This reminds me of an amusing FB post where the other complained about using “you” as a singular pronoun instead of “thou” which resulted in someone using Shakespearan English to complain that the original poster did not use pure enough English which was followed by a Middle English scolding thus:


      stynt dy clappe! beod do writerris be wetleas knafen. dy langag o engelond diffoulended be, ille usenid scalaundrous novelri.

      I especially enjoyed “stynt dy clappe!” since it recalls the German “halt die klappe!”

  75. Posted August 8, 2020 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    I have my dictionary out which I’ll have tombs for some of the words here. Adding (or repeating) –

    picaresque
    onomatopoeia
    steatopygous
    lucifer (old word for a match)
    luminescence
    luciferin
    osculate
    illuminate
    cassoulet
    bonobo
    neandertal
    atheist
    liberty
    equality
    humane

  76. Posted August 8, 2020 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Favourite Scottish words:

    Scunner
    Gallus
    Glaikit
    Shoogle
    Bampot

  77. Nobody Special
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Paradiddle
    Salacious
    Axolotl
    Iconoclast
    Fallacy (not to be confused with phallusy – resembling a phallus 🙂
    Trumpicide (well, a boy can dream, can’t he?)

    • Roger Lambert
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 9:13 am | Permalink

      There is even a paradiddle-diddle. Which can be played normal hand first, or the other way round, a – dare I say it? – a widdershins paradiddle-diddle.

      • Nobody Special
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 9:47 am | Permalink

        Widdershins Paradiddle-diddle sounds like a racehorse or the pedigree name of a dog at Crufts.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

      I once was in a meeting where someone said “that’s fallacious” and another person in the meeting giggled, thinking it was to do with penises.

      • merilee
        Posted August 8, 2020 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

        The iggler was being salacious about falla ious.

        • merilee
          Posted August 8, 2020 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

          Whoah-messed that up! The giggler
          was being salacious about fallacious.

          • rickflick
            Posted August 9, 2020 at 12:09 am | Permalink

            Now iggler is one of my favorite words!

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted August 9, 2020 at 11:50 am | Permalink

              Sounds like a Batman villain.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted August 9, 2020 at 11:50 am | Permalink

              Sounds like a Batman villain.

              • rickflick
                Posted August 9, 2020 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

                Yes. The antagonist in an atman film.

              • merilee
                Posted August 9, 2020 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

                Attaboy(man)!

  78. Dragon
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Some of my favorites:
    onomatopoeia
    vituperate
    anathema
    facetiously (partly because it has every normal vowel in order)
    indeed

  79. Posted August 8, 2020 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Coming late to the game, but I used three of my favorites at the beginning of this poem:

    Ars Poetica

    Ambiance, feckless, ineluctable:
    sometimes you think it would all be clear
    if you merely increased your vocabulary,
    learning words that line up possibilities
    like birds on a wire, or clothespins.

    The real trick is to let the whole
    menagerie of undone acts leap toward you
    so that your surprise is not an act—or,
    if an act, an act of recognition you’ve
    been saving expressly for strangers.

    Commas, quarter-moons, kindnesses:
    those metal humps on bridges that the car
    goes over and you know there is no
    cause for alarm. You gather them in
    with, almost, love. They take you home.

  80. Alison Dinsmore
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I am fond of covfefe. I use it in the same context I once used kerfuffle, though I occasionally revert….

    • Posted August 9, 2020 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Often use kerfuffle.

      • rickflick
        Posted August 9, 2020 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

        Does anyone know if Covfefe has been added to any dictionary of record?

        • Posted August 11, 2020 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

          No idea. Some people who looked into the word figured it was a typo for “coffee’.

  81. Posted August 8, 2020 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Then there are some regular words that are indispensable, such as:
    guttural, heinous, vanishingly, commiserate, curmudgeon, brain-fart, flimflam, kasbah, shenanigans, carpet-bagger, miserly, penny-farthing, dither, hovel, unmoored, dappled (shade), and other favourites – terse, babbling (brook), flummoxed, brevity, concatenate, contiguous, simplify, cuckolded, duplicitous, bamboozled, egalitarianism, and equanimity, resplendent, transcendence, subsume and sublime.

    • Posted August 8, 2020 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      stupor, decrepitude, ephemeral, ingénue, toothsome.

    • merilee
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      It’s been a long time since I’ve had occasion to say “come with me to the casbah.”

      • Posted August 9, 2020 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

        My husband used to put on his best movie accent imitation: ” Come with me to the Kasbah, and we will make beautiful music togetha!”

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 8, 2020 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      dastardly. That list reminded me of one of my favourites.

      • Posted August 9, 2020 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

        I too love dastardly. Also aplomb, diaphanous, pollywog, polyglot, hunky-dory, scallawag, whorehouse, floozy, crapshoot, fogey and others I fleetingly recall and then forget. :). My OCD is shining through here.

        • Posted August 9, 2020 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

          Also succinct. I do love economy of words. Sam Harris is exceptional at this.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted August 9, 2020 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

            Pithy.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 9, 2020 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

          Oh pollywog is a good one.

  82. cyan
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    B: What was the name of that one woman who was talking to you at the party last night?

    C: Which, the oleaginous one or the one who was unctious?

    B: the former

    C: she’s polyunsaturated

  83. Ann Harman
    Posted August 8, 2020 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    My favorite word is

    Borborygmus

    • Posted August 9, 2020 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for teaching me this word! I’ve often wondered about that condition.

  84. William A Bradnan
    Posted August 9, 2020 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    TEN FAVORITE WORDS

    pulchritude
    rigamarole
    cantankerous
    armamentarium
    razzmatazz
    momentum
    contumacious
    discombobulated
    legerdemain
    onerous

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted August 9, 2020 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      rigamarole – a hybrid tomato and avocado pasta/condiment.

    • Posted August 9, 2020 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      Great words. I use many of them. A few are new to me. I like fulminate, fetid and putrefied too.

  85. robkraft
    Posted August 9, 2020 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    susurrus
    eucatastrophe

  86. Andrea Kenner
    Posted August 11, 2020 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    My favorites are words that describe my cats:

    – Crepuscular (you already used that)
    – Inquisitive
    – Exquisite
    – Fascinating
    = Variegated (I have calicoes and torties)
    – Enigmatic
    – Sphinxlike
    – Gracile

    • merilee
      Posted August 11, 2020 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      Gracile, except when they wipe out (and lick a paw)😻🐾🐾

      • Andrea Kenner
        Posted August 11, 2020 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

        Truer words were never spoken!

  87. Andrea Kenner
    Posted August 11, 2020 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    One Hippopotami

    • merilee
      Posted August 11, 2020 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      Love this!! I had never heard it.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 12, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

        The pedant in me is upset by the wrong plural speaking about a singular.

    • merilee
      Posted August 11, 2020 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      And then of course there’s this: https://youtu.be/1QW85kfakJc

      • Andrea Kenner
        Posted August 11, 2020 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        Oh, that’s so cute! Thanks!

        • merilee
          Posted August 11, 2020 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

          It’s a real earworm🎶😬


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