Friday, August 10, 2007

Five of my favorite words that I almost never have a reason to use

  1. Psychopharmacology

  2. Poughkeepsie

  3. Interplanetary

  4. Yellowbelly

  5. Yeti

What are some of your favorite words that you never say?

(GG, I already know yours, and guess what? Antidisestablishmentarianism is a "real" word! And it turns out it's a cryptic domain as well. Hmm.)


3carnations said...

I like superfluous. I should try to use that more often. There are plenty of opportunities.

L Sass said...

I used to love, but never use, "truculent." Then I was "blessed" with an extremely truculent assistant. So, I began calling her Truculent Employee, which, over time, was shortened to Trucker.

Then I fired her. But I really enjoyed dusting "truculent" off for a while there!

Paisley said...

I guess with #3 you love singing that Beastie Boys song just so you can use that word, eh? Wait! That's Intergalactic Planetary. Is it close enough? You could pretend you don't know the words and sing Interplaetary Glactic!

I like myriad.

Noelle said...

If you think Poughkeepsie is fun to say, you should try living here! Really! Also, my favorite word is a name: Dostoevsky.

-R- said...

Paisley, I thought of that Beastie Boys song too!

I have been trying to think of some good words, but I don't think I have any rarely-used favorites. Maybe "tidbit." It is fun to say.

Anonymous said...

I love way too many words. But today, let's talk about sparkle. LOVE it.

Anonymous said...

Churl. We heard it on the news a couple nights ago, and wow, that is a great word and like most great words, not used nearly often enough.

I also like umbrage. Schadenfreude. Porcine. Truculent. Brulee.

Stefanie said...

3Cs--One might say there are SUPERFLUOUS opportunities to use that one! ;-)

L Sass--Truculent is another fine word. (I see Nabb put in a vote for that as well.) I love that you shortened it to Trucker, too. Also, you had an assistant? And you've fired someone? My, what a grown-up you are!

Paisley (and R)--How do I not know that Beastie Boys song??

Noelle--Wisconsin offers a lot of fun place names, too... Sheboygan, Oconomowoc, Ashwaubenon (I may have spelled that one wrong)... The list goes on and on. But I still love Poughkeepsie.

R--I wouldn't have thought of "tidbit," but it's a fine choice as well.

GG--You never did complete my assignment of sending me your four favorite words last week. ;-) But as you can see, I still managed to come up with plenty on my own.

Nabb--Ooh, look at you with all the great words! I didn't know Churl, but when I looked it up, I remembered a few other words I love: smarmy, surly, and belligerant. (Those didn't all stem off "Churl," of course, but I like them nonetheless.

I have never heard the word Brulee except preceded by "Creme." :-)

Stefanie said...

Oops. That should have been "belligerEnt."

And I thought I was a good speller. :-(

lizgwiz said...

Ooh, fun!

Gargantuan. That should really be used instead of "extra-large" or "grande." "I'd like a garantuan mocha latte, please." Or "make that a gargantuan order of fries."

Gravitas. Delectable. Omniscient. Charlatan.

To name a few.

The Other Girl said...

Flagrant. Kerplunk. Salmonella. Shonky (not a real word, but I like it nonetheless). Cuspidor.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Some of my favorite words lately are multiplex, Mii, avacado, strawberry-blonde, multi-user-socket-server. (OK, that last one may actually be more than one word.) Oh, and has anyone mentioned ginormous yet?

Anonymous said...

I like brouhaha a lot. And smock. And obsequious.

Oy Vey said...

I'm quite the fan of recalcitrant. And salty - as in "Geez, whydya have to be so salty about my forgetting our first anniversary?' And schmear.

Stefanie said...

Liz--Ooh. I like gravitas and charlatan. Definitely words I don't have much call to use.

TOG--Salmonella IS a fun word (if you forget how NOT fun its meaning is). I also like "crestfallen," but it's such a depressing word despite its lilting sound. I had to look up "cuspidor." Nice.

"Anon"--I almost forgot about that! Hee. :-)

Jamie--Nice try commenting twice and making one of them anonymous. Your word choices serve to prove what I already knew: you are a huge nerd. But it suits you well. :-)

NPW--"Smock" just makes me think of my days in retail, but "brouhaha" is a fun one.

Oy vey--I love the word recalcitrant, but always forget what it means!

Anonymous said...

Fecundity. Pugnacious. Akimbo. Onomatopoeia. Francophone. Bamboozle. Schnitzel. Virga. Discombobulate. Phlebotomy. Oligopoly. Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Whenever I hear that last one on the news, I have to immediately sing it to the tune of 'Off To See The Wizard': We're off to see the Mullah - the Mullah Mohammed Omar. Um, that's not that weird, is it? I'm a big fan of Kandahar and Shalalabad too.

metalia said...

Flibbertigibbet! :) Oh, and bollocks. If I had been born in England, I'd probably get to use it more. Damn you, fate!

Whiskeymarie said...

Honkey (I know, not very p.c.)
ointment (tons of people hate this one- I think it's cute)

Jarod said...

Heh, saying "yellowbelly" effectively is indeed a lost art!

I've always liked the word "monstrous", but it should only be said when wearing an 1830's ball costume, as some secret lab is discovered in your host's castle.

Stefanie said...

Other Stefanie--Hee. That IS a fun name to say.

Metalia--Ooh, bollocks is fun indeed. I think we should start a movement to inject that into the lexicon here. (Lexicon is another of my favorite words.) :-) And flibbertigibbet always reminds me of The Sound of Music, which is never a bad thing.

WM--I'm not a fan of ointment or honkey, but I do enjoy hootenanny and trousers and ascertain.

Jarod--Really I just like the sounds of "yellowbelly." It's just fun to say. As for your second sentence, I am guessing that is a movie reference that flew right over my head?

Anonymous said...

Chupacabra- love it, love the way it feels to say it.

Stefanie said...

Monkey--That is a fun word. Know what else is fun? This picture of one. :-)