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 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

This might be kind of silly, but some of you might want to contribute.

Do you have a favorite word or words? These could be words that you use and that
help you express yourself. They provide you with clarity of expression in writing or speaking.
They might be words that pleasure you with their aural sounds or with their meanings.
(Or for other reasons I haven’t considered.)

Mine are:

Gobbledygook: I love the sound of that word. People who use gobbledygook in their writings or
speech truly sound “gobbled” and “gookey,” while trying sound terribly educated and important.
(Or they try to sound very “posh” as the British would say, and I like the word “posh.”)

Inappropriate: I find that word works in so many situations. I have never found a synonym that
conveys the clarity of a situation as the word “inappropriate.” (Words like “not proper,
unsuitable” usually diminish the meaning.)

Joy: That is my favorite word; it is just a simple, three letter word. I love the sound of the “j”
wrapped around by the “oy” sound. I love the meaning of the word and wish people had
more joy in their lives. It is a joyous word so perfect for certain people and occasions.

I would like to read about some of your favorite words, but don’t forget the Board Rules about
certain types of language. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I have some favourites, Joan -

Obloquy - it sounds lovely: ob-luh-kwee, try it. Rolls off the tongue beautifully. I slip it into conversations occasionally, when the meaning's clear from the context.

Lubricious - a relatively new favourite. Sounds exactly the same as it means, nothing more, nothing less.

Apprise - not only for the sound, but because so many people get it mixed up with appraise: "He asked for an update, so I'll appraise him in the morning" - no you won't, you'll apprise him.

Rebecca - always a favourite name, and then I went and married one! And never "Becky", of which I wasn't ever terribly fond, always "Becca".

And a group of words, the names of sails on boats - spritsail, foretopsail and foretopmast staysail, foretopgallant sail, spanker, maintopsail, maintopmast staysail, mizzen topmast staysail, studding sail (or stuns'l) - many others. Just conjures up a glorious history of Nelson and HMS Victory, of arduous voyages of discovery, and Patrick O'Brian's series of Aubrey/Maturin books, which is one of the wonders of the modern world.

Others will come to mind, and I may add them later...

TG

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Tall Guy, thanks for sharing. Such interesting words. I know nothing about sails nor words associated with them.

Now I have to add that I've never thought of you as a lubricious FSM member and glad you haven't used any obloquies on me. Those are unique words. I have never used them.

You must know that with certain hormones and surgeries, Tall Guy could become a Tall Girl and rename yourself Rebecca. smile Doubt that your other Rebecca would approve.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I've come up with a few word combos which I find enjoyable to say out loud (or, more usually, quietly to myself, lol) such as:

Fanfare for Love

Lime Illumination

I Be Ivy Jivy

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I'm beginning to use

"I pledge allegiance to your booty, girl!" when meeting a new nice lady.

Getting a lot of strange looks and it's not working out so great.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 5:05 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Hi Joan, this is off topic from your thread post but I wanted to say thank you for the kind words you posted in another thread today; you know which thread I am talking about. I just saw your post in that thread and after a long day at work, coming home very tired, reading it really made me feel good and I appreciated what you said very much. I'm glad you started this thread so I could just send out a quick thank you for your kind comment!

smile

Okay, I'll comment on this thread too!

I like to say "fair enough" a lot -- I got it from Lost because it seems like characters said that to each other very often and I liked it.

I like to opt for occasional clichéd British slang: bloody hell, or bugger (as exclamations).

A lot of my favorite expressions or words are those that I've taken from films or television shows that I really like. I often use Friends and Seinfeld phrases and words appropriated for whatever conversation I'm in. Or maybe something from Dazed and Confused, or Clueless, or any other favorites. Sometimes it'll be just something really simple, like the way one time on Friends Chandler says "okay" while he bashfully laughs at the same time. "Hokay!"

I have no idea if that's the kind of thing you were going for in this thread! Basically I steal my commonly used words from those that, in my opinion, uttered them the best or the most memorably.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Great thread.

I'll get back to this but at the moment I can only think of one of my least favourite words...

Moist

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I like saying, "I be Ivy Jivey," with its natural rhythm. Cool mantra.

Zooba, well, ahh, err, unmmum... Maybe some other guy can help you find a more successful approach.wink

DR, you're welcome. I too LOVE British slang. Loved Spike from Buffy series when he called everyone Bloody Wankers, which is probably "inappropriate" but it sounds neat.

Timmer, I can think of a bunch of words I hate, but they would get me thrown off the board...maybe.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

apropos-Love-Madagascar -Penelope-so many more

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


You must know that with certain hormones and surgeries, Tall Guy could become a Tall Girl and rename yourself Rebecca. smile Doubt that your other Rebecca would approve.


Funnily enough, Joan, I doubt she would too! I get enough odd looks in the supermarket as it is...

Timmer - big grin Moist! Great when describing cakes, otherwise I see where you're coming from.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Ah! Cakes brings me to Succulent and how a friend and myself ( in that way that certain friends have a form of communication kept between themselves and not used in other groups ) will describe something delicious as 'succulence at it's mightiest'.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

After having eaten something heavy we like to describe it in our own bogus Spanish complete with comic accent and gesticulations, so it becomes Solido Cementes ( Solid Cement ) and not in it's proper pronunciation of 'cemento solido' wink

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 5:09 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Timmer, I can think of a bunch of words I hate, but they would get me thrown off the board...maybe.


Shall we keep to positives? Possitive, now there's a great word.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Yep, dan, "love" is the greatest word. "Succulent" makes me very hungry, and the word "positive" forbids a frown and forces and smile.smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Some of my favorite words to use:
Elan
Grace
Tenacious
Irrepressible
Tacit
Primal
Pastoral
Tranquil

Some of my favorite phrases to use:
Oh, bloody hell
(in Bugs Bunny's voice) Why-you-I-oughta...
(in Yosemite Sam's voice) Dirty-rotten-rassafras...
(in John Cleese's voice) Yes, well, that's the sort of blinkered, philistine pig-ignorance I've come to expect from you non-creative garbage, etc., etc...

Can't think of any more at the moment.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

The word 'succulent' makes an appearance in Dance Of The Vampires or The Fearless Vampire Killers or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are In My Neck. I suppose that is rather unsurprising since it's the right sort of word when taken in context.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm a big fan of élan and grace, and rassafras certainly embodies my moods at times....like today!

For reasons I can't really articulate, I like the words "esoteric" and "delineate."

 
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