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   Discussion: Words!!
Annika · 16 years ago
I love words. I love writing, reading, speaking and learning words. My favorite word is slice. What a sexy word. Slice. "Would you like a slice?" "OUCH! I sliced my foot open!" Yes. I love that word. Anyone else have a word that they love so much it's almost disgusting?
Janos Back · 16 years ago


It's all in the way you say it. I like that word :)

Zach · 16 years ago
Holy crap. What an awesome word. Superfluous.

I have many favorite words.
Andrea Krause · 16 years ago
I tend to like onomatopoeic words in general. Or words that don't get used enough. They must feel neglected. :)
Phoenix Back · 16 years ago
I'd concur. That's why I liked gooooooooooooviiiieeee instantly ;-)
goovie is married! Back · 16 years ago
:) :) :)
Shelly Back · 16 years ago the title of the forum, are you, like, earwormed with micky dolenz now?????

or am i the only freak?  ;P

goovie is married! Back · 16 years ago
now i am. thanks. :P
Shelly Back · 16 years ago

sure.  anytime.  *grin*

100% dainty! · 16 years ago
I just learned that one :)
goovie is married! · 16 years ago
Phoenix Back · 16 years ago
hehe. Oh I love defenestrate. If I'm not completely wrong it was one of m-w's words of the day some time back...

Have you heard? His ex-gf defenestrated all his stuff!

nitsita Back · 16 years ago

along the same lines...

I take pride in thinking that I am undefenestratable...


Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 15 years, 10 months ago
There is an Arthur C. Clark short story, The defenestration of Ermintrude Inch It is where I learned the word. It can be found in the collection Tales from the White Hart.
Kris 'engaged' Bedient · 16 years ago
somehow it just sounds so clean and british.
A girl named Becca · 16 years ago
Because it sounds fun, its meaning is fun, and it has all 5 vowels in alphabetical order (all 6 if you use facetiously).
Phoenix · 16 years ago
.oO Words are better when they're written down
They fall to the page with no sound
And if you let them sit awhile,
give them time and distance Oo.

And I love the 2 German words Fernweh and Wanderlust (there are no exact matches in English IMO)
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years ago

And now I have Paul McCartney's Wanderlust stuck in my head. :)

Joella Back · 16 years ago
aaah now there's some words i like: Paul McCartney, Beatles, George Harrison, etc etc :D
nitsita Back · 16 years ago
Fernweh ... I'm thining it means 'lointain' in French, but I'm not certain...
sheryls · 16 years ago

in high school we had a list of our favorite words, and words we made up.

pulchritudinous was always on our list of favorite words.

the phrase "eschew obfuscation" is always a fun one too :D

side note: once, a non-english-as-a-first-language co-worker said, in reply to pulchritudinous, "What? Poke-her-cuteness?" :D

Talcott · 16 years ago
Sesquipedalian: "having many syllables"

Onomatopoeic, and used in a Jim Infantino song ;-)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 15 years, 10 months ago
Sesquidpedalian literally means "a foot and a half."

ped = foot
sesqui = and a half.

The only other word I've seen wotj the sesqui prefix is "sesquicentennial," the 150th anniversary.
Bender Back · 15 years, 10 months ago


best.  typo.  ever.

Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 15 years, 10 months ago
I was obviously writing in Polish
wotj = with
soul groove feline · 16 years ago
my favourites:

Nik Chaikin · 16 years ago
Kumquat, i always liked the sound of that quat at the end.
Laura P. · 16 years ago
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years ago

Would you say I had a....plethora...of pinatas?

angelmusicmaven Back · 15 years, 10 months ago

yes, El Guapo...

and speaking of that movie....


Bender · 16 years ago
Blubber... macadamia... gazebo!
EcowarriorII · 16 years ago
Not neccasarily my favorite word but a right good one and another german word that has no partner in the english language. Roughly translated it means: Feeling good about something bad happening to somebody else
ChrisChin is Getting Old Back · 16 years ago
Do you mean Schadenfreude? Yeah, it is a neat word. There's a lovely hiliarious song about it in the Avenue Q musical.
Mamalissa! Back · 16 years ago
and a fantastic Chicago-based comedy troupe of that name.

EcowarriorII Back · 16 years ago

Thats the one. It's just been a while since I have had to recal my german spellings

dirty life & times · 16 years ago
& the rest of the humourous moods: bilious, jaundiced.... um, i always forget the saliva one that means, like, wise?

& bellicose because it sounds like those. & jingoistic because it goes with bellicose.
Nik Chaikin · 16 years ago
or any of the "words" featured therein
Talcott Back · 16 years ago
Why the quotes?
Most of the new words in the poem are combinations of previous words, which is part of the natural evolution of language anyways (just a lot quicker).
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years ago
Ah, but a lot of them have not become accepted into the language, so while they may still be words (and have even, in fact, been translated into other languages including French and German), I think it makes sense to distinguish between them and uncommon-but-recognizeable English words. Maybe?
Nik Chaikin Back · 16 years ago
yeah, what you said.
Talcott Back · 16 years ago
But how many people need to know a word for it to count? You could place it in with more rare slang (which might be the best place for it) though.

I didn't know the words themselves had been translated. Does anyone have a non-english copy out there? I'm curious.
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years ago
I do have a couple, somewhere, that were handouts in a linguistics class...I'll see if I can a) dig them up or b) find out where they came from.

Also, I don't think there's a rule about how many people need to know/use a word for it to count, but especially with deliberately-coined (and particularly non-compound) words like the ones in the Jabberwocky, it just feels like they'd need to create a pretty obvious following in order to not always be considered something some guy made up to sound cool. I see your point, but... I dunno. And, I think the difference with slang is that you can identify a group that uses (or used) particular slang words - is there some region or dialect that uses the words from the Jabberwocky? Of course, even with slang you get people arguing that that's not a real word, so maybe we'd be having the same discussion anyway. ;)

I think I'm rambling.
Talcott Back · 16 years ago
Roleplayers :-)

Has anyone ever been in a D&D game without at least one word from Jabberwocky used frequently?

And, hey, I don't mind the rambling. I always like the language arguments around here :-)
Samantha · 16 years ago
I like:

formication [not forNication]
and Snog... Snog is a great word.

and any other words I can find that are subliminally dirty.
K-Lyn · 16 years ago
And I love Susan Werner for using it in a song
Phoenix Back · 16 years ago
.oO Yes I'm waitin' at the station with my old friend sublimation Oo.

Now you've got me earwormed with Time Between Trains ;)
Talcott · 16 years ago

It was formed backwards. Once upon a time, there was the word "Editor", which while being a stand-alone word, sounded like "Edit" with the "er" suffix (like "fighter" or "worker"). So people thought that an Editor is one who edits.
This is even better, becasue "Edit" is a pretty useful verb (and noun).

A girl named Becca Back · 16 years ago
Cool. :)
Prinut · 16 years ago
Its not that great of a word but its sad how much I love "wicked." Its just a great word (or adjective/adverb if you will) to describe so many things...wicked pissa, wicked awesome, wicked hot, wickedly stupid, wickedly many wonderful wicked phrases!
Phoenix · 15 years, 10 months ago
oh I forgot that one: Mutterkuchen (that literally translates to mother cake) for placenta  ;-D
siobhan's a londoner · 15 years, 10 months ago
it's an icelandic multi purpose word. My old tutor told me a really funny story about it, but i think it was all in the telling!

as for english, i like soporific meaning inducing sleep.
derek harrison · 15 years, 10 months ago
and golly
Annika Back · 15 years, 10 months ago
Oooh, I do like golly.  Golly! and wowzers! remind me of my friend Casey.
Sarah THE chicken · 15 years, 10 months ago

Gooood word.

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