Thursday, July 02, 2009

Words I Like

Do some words just resonate with your soul more than others? Here are some of my favorite words ever, mostly because they are fun to pronounce:

  • Archipelago
  • Concatenation
  • Discombobulate
  • Cacophony
  • Perturbation

What are some of your favorite words?

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7 comments:

Sweet Familiar said...

Murmur.

Egoist Paul said...

When I first glanced that your list of words, I was discombobulated and unable to explain why you like these words.

After staring at them for a while, I discovered the pattern. In each of these words
a phoneme or a similar phoneme appears at least twice.

archipelago - k and g sound.
concatenation - k sound twice.
discombobulate - b sound twice.
cacophony - k sound.
perturbation - p and b, r sound twice.

Now, I am formulating a hypothesis that if you get a dictionary and find words that fit this pattern, you'll find most of them fun to pronounce.

Sam said...

Tintinnabulation.

Biscuit said...

discombobulate is a favorite of mine, too.

A few more off the top of my head:
Ambulate
keen
wobbly


I also like certain made-up words:
ginormous
meamble - meander + amble
poiky - pointy or sharp
swiggle - like a swig of a drink, but a little bit smaller

The last two are kiddo-created. They always come up with the best words and phrases, as you well know!

Kevin McAllister said...

Defenestration

Kelly Elmore said...

I love diphthong. The phth combo is my favorite sound from Greek, and there aren't many words in English that have it. I also like fifth for the same reason.

Kelly

Kyle Haight said...

Pleonastic. It means "redundant". It just cracks me up that there is another word for "redundant".

Another favorite is "ucalegon" -- a neighbor whose house is on fire.

Then again, I may just like obscure words. Once, at work, I used the word "irredentist", and when asked to define it replied "It's sort of like revanchism", only realizing after I said it that I probably hadn't clarified anything.

It probably says something that every single one of those words has been flagged as a spelling error by my web browser even though they're all spelled properly. (Or should I say "orthographically correct"?)