BS: Best Words To Thread - Forum Home

The Mudcat Café TM
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=22762
75 messages

BS: Best Words

28 Jun 00 - 04:14 PM (#248691)
Subject: Best Words
From: Kim C

Okay, we've talked about our least favorite words and expressions. What about your most favorites?

I like: conundrum, absolutely, fiddlesticks, sam hill, lands sakes, sonofabiskit, bogart (is that really a word? I know Mister and I use it all the time but we don't smoke joints anymore), abscond, fixin to, y'all, reckon, yonder, cold drink (as in, Who wants a cold drink? as opposed to Who wants a Coke/soda/pop/etc?), hotchacha, dangit, vex, subterfuge, stout (as in beer!), howdy/hidy..... I'm sure there are more.

I kinda like wazzup, just to vex people.

Anyone else?


28 Jun 00 - 04:17 PM (#248693)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: SINSULL

"That's neither here nor there", a completely meaningless phrase that invariably produces a knowing nod. Love it.


28 Jun 00 - 04:28 PM (#248699)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Morticia

I like old-fashioned words like frock, vexed,nightgown etc.


28 Jun 00 - 05:04 PM (#248713)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: kendall

cellar door, eventide and, the best of all, love


28 Jun 00 - 05:06 PM (#248715)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Mbo

You got it, kendall. Even better "I love you."

--Mbo


28 Jun 00 - 05:28 PM (#248728)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Homeless

When deciding upon one's "best words," should one be judging by meaning, or phonetics? Personally, I like the sounds of "onomatopoeia," "mudhopper," and "good gravy."


28 Jun 00 - 05:43 PM (#248733)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Liz the Squeak

I've always has a thing about theodolite.... don't know why.

And Spoon.

The best one though, for getting me all tingly, is sausage....., pronounced soss oj. Weird, ain't I?!

LTS


28 Jun 00 - 05:51 PM (#248739)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,Banjo Johnny

Aloha


28 Jun 00 - 05:59 PM (#248750)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Liz the Squeak

Now that is a strange one, it means hello, but it can also be goodbye, am I coming or going??

LTS, who also loves the word bubble - sounds just like it does....


28 Jun 00 - 06:17 PM (#248764)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Mooh

Joy, love and peace...

Peace, Mooh.


28 Jun 00 - 06:24 PM (#248773)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Liz the Squeak

Newport Pagnell and Bootle always get me going too.....

LTS


28 Jun 00 - 07:31 PM (#248805)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,Aloha means friendship


28 Jun 00 - 08:49 PM (#248844)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: bbelle

I love the phrase "shocked and chagrined" ... also the words ... vex, ebulliant, obstreperous, loquacious, bodacious, dashing (as in a man), fetching (as it describes how a woman looks), farfuckingout (that's a word, isn't it?), darlin' (as it flows off the tongue of a southern gentleman) ... moonchild


28 Jun 00 - 09:57 PM (#248877)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: wysiwyg

fart

and kerplunk


28 Jun 00 - 09:59 PM (#248878)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Amergin

What about fuckered up?


28 Jun 00 - 10:00 PM (#248879)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Amos

Philanthropy, crystal and rainwater.


28 Jun 00 - 10:17 PM (#248889)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: flattop

Too many great words.

In Fellini's movie Eight and a Half, a reporter asks a long, rambling, convoluted question which the main characters answers with, "Perhaps." That scene opened my mind to the endless possibilities of the word 'perhaps' which I overuse.

I like thinking about the relationship between words like scintilla and scintillating, from the latin for spark and sparkling but I seldom get to use them. It might go to her head if I told her.


29 Jun 00 - 12:01 AM (#248943)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Callie

From the Singing Detective: "elbow"

And from myself: socks, fox, lunch, schism, fast (as in "hey, those glasses you have on sure are fast!" as said to a colleague by a local shopkeeper)

Callie


29 Jun 00 - 12:39 AM (#248958)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Sorcha

I love all of the above words. Are all Mudcatters "word freaks"? Can we make up new ones, here too?

My sister made one up at age 10, when asked where did she get that word, and she said, Out of my own "SENSATORY", love it.

And we made up several new ones in HearMe tonite:
Disfrontalted==your bra stap broke

Disfretteled==not happy with the frets on your fretted instrumentet.


29 Jun 00 - 04:33 AM (#249029)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Gervase

I'm a great fan of gruntled - the rather chuffed opposite of disgruntled.


29 Jun 00 - 07:50 AM (#249065)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Scabby Douglas

Here are some of my favourite Glasgow words/expressions:

gallus - devil-may-care/insolent/cheeky/swaggering

skoosh - any fizzy drink - pop - soda

ginger - any fizzy drink - pop - soda (as above)

skelp - a glancing blow/slap

skelf - a splinter - especially in one's finger

Cheers...


29 Jun 00 - 08:54 AM (#249094)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Mbo

I like Valkyrie, chaconne, chug, rumpus, lumber, rumble, book (as in to move fast), ah-ite (Southern pronuncation of 'allright'), rule, rock, yo, uh-huh, Code-H, Big Chief Woolybosher, brigade, fireball, batrachian, lentiginous, ebullience, and smock.

--Mbo


29 Jun 00 - 09:58 AM (#249133)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Hollowfox

Fleam, snood, and squinch. (Ask Sandy Paton about the Dictionary Game sometime)


29 Jun 00 - 10:20 AM (#249142)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Kim C

This is splendid! Y'all are too funny. Liz, my husband says "soss oj" all the time! I think he does is just to vex me, knowing that soss-oj is one of my favorite foods.

I remembered a couple more of my favorites: jaunty, and vittles.


29 Jun 00 - 10:44 AM (#249159)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: kendall

herripollated. (pissed off to the point of madness)


29 Jun 00 - 12:38 PM (#249243)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Peter T.

blithe.


yours, Peter T.


29 Jun 00 - 01:14 PM (#249265)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Clinton Hammond2

Defenestration... the act of killing someone by throwing them out a hight window... that's a great word!

{~`


29 Jun 00 - 01:19 PM (#249272)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Ringer

Just for their sound:"polyp" and "malkin" (the meaning of the first is less pleasant)


29 Jun 00 - 01:26 PM (#249276)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,Mrr

Ah, dictionary games. We had one once it a cognition seminar where you take a word that has a lot of different meanings, go to the dictionary and read one key word from each definition until a player gets the word. Thus:

Lawyers, alcoholic, ballet, exclude, rigid, solid, obstacle, stripe... get it yet? The word is BAR. Try it!


29 Jun 00 - 04:12 PM (#249398)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Kim C

Could I be "disbridgeled" if I'm having trouble with the bridge on my fiddle?!? Is there a verb form of "defenestration?" Like "to defenestrate"?


29 Jun 00 - 04:16 PM (#249400)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,Mbo_at_ECU

Yes there is, Kim. You got it right "defenestrate". Not to be rude or anything, but defenestrattion is really not so specific as Clinton put it. Throwing anything out a window is defenestration, not merely humans for the sake of murder. I have a cousin who wanted to defenestrate all his teachers at school...because my and told them they would "fix his boots!"

--Mbo


29 Jun 00 - 05:09 PM (#249434)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Midchuck

I'm a confirmed yankee, but partial to the southern prounouciation (especially when angry or excited) of the most common taboo word meaning excrement - turning it into two personal pronouns.

Peter.


29 Jun 00 - 05:13 PM (#249438)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Linda Kelly

whimsical , chime, breeze, willow are lovely words and some place names too - Rime Intrisica , Wharam Percy , Wetwang and Stoke Poges...


29 Jun 00 - 05:18 PM (#249445)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Mbo

Wetwang? Also known as Nindalf? Someone's a Tolkien fan!

--Mbo


29 Jun 00 - 05:19 PM (#249447)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: lamarca

Folly, Dissipation and Sloth


29 Jun 00 - 05:20 PM (#249449)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: phil h

underwhelmed


29 Jun 00 - 05:25 PM (#249452)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Big Mick

Craic


29 Jun 00 - 05:45 PM (#249459)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Wesley S

"Dang nab it" and "God dog it"


29 Jun 00 - 07:08 PM (#249489)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,Banjo Johnny

I'm pretty sure Kerensky was defenestrated.


30 Jun 00 - 12:27 AM (#249611)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Bill D

when my son was a baby, I used to pretend to teach him to talk by looking him in the eye and demanding....

"Ok, now say 'prestidigitation' for daddy"...


30 Jun 00 - 12:32 AM (#249615)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: bbelle

Midchuck ... you must be referring to the word "She-it" ... moonchild


30 Jun 00 - 12:33 AM (#249616)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Mbo

I know about that, Bill! They tried saying those big words to me when I was a baby too, but I always said them back!

--Mbo


30 Jun 00 - 02:21 AM (#249652)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Liz the Squeak

Ah, I tried so hard to get Phoebe to say theodolite..... I have managed to teach her the first verse of Omar Khyam's rubbermat...... (isn't that on the wrong word thread? - have heard it referred to as Victor Khyam's - he liked it so much he bought the poem....)

And I've been to Ryme Intrinsica too... Ever been to Kingsbury Episcopi? Or Toller Porcorum?? What about Whitchurch Canonicorum?

LTS


30 Jun 00 - 02:54 AM (#249659)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Sandy Paton

My favorite version of "The Four Marys" or "Mary Hamilton" begins with "Yestreen there were four Marys..." Now that's a lovely word (meaning "yester-evening"). Playing the Dictionary Game, also called "Fictionary," has contributed words like "zarf" and "finjan" (sometimes spelled findjan) to our vocabulary. Remember "cloop," Kathy?

A friend in Vermont threatened to name his brand-new daughter "gasoline drum" because he thought it had a beautiful, sonorous ring to it. He was torn between that and "cellar door."

I'm partial to words like "solivagant," having been one for most of the early part of my life.

The variation of the Dictionary Game described above sounds like great fun. We'll have to give it a go! Sandy


30 Jun 00 - 03:13 AM (#249662)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,Banjo Johnny

houligan, Godfrey Daniel, rhythm ... floor-mat (for format), Tennessee ...

MBO - thanks for the info on Bob's your Uncle! Johnny in Oklahoma City


30 Jun 00 - 09:53 AM (#249719)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Kim C

Mbo, is fixing one's boots at all akin to cleaning one's clock?!

Hooligan is another of my favorites, as someone mentioned above.

KFC


30 Jun 00 - 10:05 AM (#249734)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Mbo

It sure is, Kim! Sortoff...it's a disciplinary thing, as in "those drill instructors at boot camp will fix YOUR boots!" Also know to Hank Jr. fans as an "Attitude Adjustment"!

--Mbo


30 Jun 00 - 10:06 AM (#249735)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: alison

steughey (pronounced st-yucky) - Irish(or whatever) meal made up whatever you can find all bunged in together.....

I like skelf (splinter)too.. but no one knows what I'm talking about

sheugh (pronounced- sh-yuck)- meaning a ditch

"he's as lazy as sheugh water"

slainte

alison


30 Jun 00 - 10:22 AM (#249750)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Lepus Rex

I like... Turgid. Croak/croaker. Duumvir/duumvirate. Hedgehog.


30 Jun 00 - 10:29 AM (#249756)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: A Wandering Minstrel

Lonnen, Stob, plodge, spelk(like a skelf but longer and more jagged), Cowped his creels (tripped over his own feet), Schlemeil, Unpicked (as in when you take a banjo players picks away):-)

and those three little words.... "have another pint?"


30 Jun 00 - 10:40 AM (#249768)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Bert

Ah place names... Stanstead Mountfitchet, Chipping Ongar, Stapleford Tawny, Stanford Le Hope, Corringham, Fobbing, Woodham Ferrers, Toot Hill, Little End. And that's just in Essex, you can go on forever. Here


30 Jun 00 - 11:06 AM (#249788)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,John Hill

I asked someone the way whilst I was at Cleethorpes Folk Festival and they directed me down a "snicket" which seems to be a short cut ... wonderful word.


30 Jun 00 - 11:11 AM (#249792)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,John Hill

Not that it really matters but I was in Whitby for the Moor and Coast at the time not Cleethorpes.. it must be a local word


30 Jun 00 - 11:16 AM (#249796)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST

Snicket is indeed northern (yorkshire) wordiness - it means those little gaps in between buildings - nowhere near wide enough to even be a lane, and maybe only just qualifying as a path!
One of my favourite words is parapet, just for the sound, and discombobulate. Priddy!

jayohjo XX


30 Jun 00 - 11:24 AM (#249805)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Mbo

Ha ha Bert! Reminds me of the town Chipping Cleghorn in "By The Pricking Of My Thumbs," my favorite Agatha Christie book. Have you ever heard the Monty Python radio bit about the strange names of towns you find in the English countryside, when traveling on a train? It's hilarious!

--Mbo


30 Jun 00 - 11:36 AM (#249819)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Skipjack K8

Slubberdegullion (Sloven)

Snorkel

Punnet

Antidisestablishmentarianism

Zeal Monachorum (pronounced by true Devonians as Zeal Me Knacker Um)

Skipjack

...... Skipjack


30 Jun 00 - 12:27 PM (#249857)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: The Walrus at work

Great selections. If you are allowing "discombobulate" can I add "oojar" (or to give it it's full version "oojar-cum-pivvy", one of those whatsits...thingamebobs..you know..er..where you can't remember the name of something. Another favourite is "sennight" an archaich alternative to "week" (presumably the same vintage as fortnight).

Walrus


30 Jun 00 - 12:37 PM (#249865)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,Free Reed

Blackwater

Northey

Osea

Pyefleet

Nass

Bench Head

Othona

Nice words, eh Skipjack?

FreeReed


30 Jun 00 - 03:38 PM (#249938)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Sandy Paton

Thanks for "sennight." There's one I can use, although not as often as I find use for omphaloscopist (navel-gazing singer-songwriter - akin to omphaloskepsis).


30 Jun 00 - 04:10 PM (#249950)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Bert

Othona! FreeReed? Did you have to go scuba diving to find that one?


30 Jun 00 - 04:12 PM (#249952)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Skipjack K8

Identify yourself, Free Reed


30 Jun 00 - 04:17 PM (#249957)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Skipjack K8

You're either brother or lover.


01 Jul 00 - 02:34 PM (#250132)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: mactheturk

Phrases too like..."harder than woodpecker lips" or "steeper than a cow's face"... etc....

MP


01 Jul 00 - 03:01 PM (#250144)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Bill D

shamelessly cut & pasted..but funny!

The Washington Post's 'Style Invitational' asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are some recent winners:

Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of obtaining sex.

Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it.

Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.

Burglesque: A poorly planned break-in. (See: Watergate)

Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like a serious bummer.

Glibido: All talk and no action.

Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid & an asshole.


01 Jul 00 - 03:45 PM (#250169)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Skipjack K8

The bontiest chompers in the clundy = Good food


01 Jul 00 - 04:16 PM (#250186)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Linda Kelly

'Me oldun's avin a canary!' =i believe my mother may be a little upset!


01 Jul 00 - 07:09 PM (#250279)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: GUEST,Free Reed

Mullachabu. Now there's a good word. FreeReed


01 Jul 00 - 09:15 PM (#250343)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: MarkS

Flusterpated - For when you are out of sorts but don't know why.


02 Jul 00 - 03:24 AM (#250496)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Callie

Then there's all the Meaning of Liff words" name places which are used to describe phenomena which don't have a name. Such as "Epping" used to describe the pointless gesture you make trying to catch the waiter's attention.

My friends and I do the same for Australian places and concepts which are as yet nameless. Such as:

Dapto - one of those multiple powerboards of which some in-points are unusable because one of the plugs is oversized.

Fairfield - the attractive LAST piece on the plate, left there in politeness.

Bexley - the undesirable last piece on the plate, left there because no one wants it.

Sefton - to eat the Fairfield.

Leppington - the sip of drink had by a singer directly after finishing a song, in that awkward moment when people are clapping and you don't know what to do with your hands. Sometimes a Leppington can take the form of fiddling with the tuning keys of the guitar.

Callie


03 Jul 00 - 02:10 PM (#251181)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Liz the Squeak

Ah, Wainscotting = that word that sounds like a village in Dorset.... according to Monty Python that is...

And I came across defenestration yesterday in a book. Funny how these things happen. I was reading the book in Sheffield..... I do believe there's another thread about that!

LTS


03 Jul 00 - 05:29 PM (#251263)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Bill D

My wife's mother used to have a boarder, very nice fellow, except for an 'interesting' habit...when there was shared food in the refrigerator (i.e.,ice cream), he would never want to eat the last serving, so he would take half of it...which led to some VERY small portions. It has become a joke in our family in refering to a bit of stuff almost too small to matter, but still put back in the ('fridge'), that there is only a "Weiseger" left, after his last name. Has kind of a ring to it..I can imagine 100 years from now scholars arguing over the origin and spelling.."Weissiger"..."Wiesiger".."wissiger"..etc..

"There any of that chawklet pie left, Maw?" "Wal, Juniors been at it...only about a Weiseger left"


04 Jul 00 - 02:28 PM (#251754)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: mactheturk

b'twix 'n b'tween...

fortnight....


04 Jul 00 - 02:32 PM (#251755)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: bbelle

fond affection dearth plethora equality


04 Jul 00 - 03:04 PM (#251769)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: p.j.

I like words that make people do silly things with their mouths. Try these out loud and try to look dignified...

Wasps

Vests

Desks

And while we're at it, am I the only one who has trouble casually saying the phrase DIGITAL TRADITION?

One other thing... I've been on a quest for the last couple of years to find 2 words in the English language.

First: The ONE-syllable word with the MOST number of letters. (So far I've collected a few with nine letters, can anyone give me a legitimate offering with ten?)

Next: The word with the most SYLLABLES and FEWEST number of letters. (Currently I have a couple of three-syllable words made of only 4 letters.)

Anybody wanna play? :o)

PJ


05 Jul 00 - 06:30 AM (#252077)
Subject: RE: BS: Best Words
From: Scabby Douglas

Scotland has it share of Liff-type placenames.

two of my faves are: Throsk, and Menstrie..

I always thought that Throsk sounded like a disease that sheep might get... and Menstrie could be a phase of the moon, perhaps?

Cheers