Funstuff and Inspiration > What are Your Favorite Words???

Discussion in 'Funstuff and Inspiration' started by Ray Sison, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    I love pulchritude and comeliness--meaning "beauty"...
  2. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    I love Bossa Nova...
  3. old dog

    old dog Member

    I've long been intrigued by "exsanguination."

    It begins with a sharp sound (like a puncture or cut) and then continues on with sounds that may suggest a relatively lengthy process of deflation or drainage, perhaps ending in death.

    It means " ... the action or process of draining or losing blood."
  4. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    To old dog...

    old dog, thanks for that one. I have never heard of it before, though we've heard of sanguine. It does have a je ne sais quoi quality about it--coming out of nowhere!

  5. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    it's onomatopoeic! ;)
  6. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

  7. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Penultimate, April, and Onomatopoeic

    Larinda, that's a good one. It has a sturdy Latin/Roman feel to it. It's also in the category of "How cool, they actually have a word for that!" ("next-to-last")

    Meanwhile, at dictionary . com, I happened upon the origin of the word April:

    c.1300, aueril, from O.Fr. avrill (11c.), from L. (mensis) Aprilis "(month) of Venus," second month of the ancient Roman calendar, dedicated to the goddess Venus and perhaps based on Apru, an Etruscan borrowing of Gk. Aphrodite. Replaced O.E. EastermonaĆ°, which was similarly named for a fertility goddess. Re-spelled in M.E. on L. model (apprile first attested late 14c.).

    JA, I like this word, too!
  8. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

  9. Amanda Coyle

    Amanda Coyle New Member

    I like that one and also penultimate.

    Let me add beatific. (Very spiritual.)
  10. sambanada

    sambanada Active Member

  11. Amanda Coyle

    Amanda Coyle New Member

    beatific means - from the dictionary - bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like: beatific peace.

    i also like erudite. it means characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly: an erudite professor; an erudite commentary.

    sambanada i also like (actually love) that word too! :)
  12. sambanada

    sambanada Active Member

    and faith
  13. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

  14. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Amanda, I like perspicacious: adjective meaning having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted. From Latin perspicax "having the power of seeing through" (related to the noun perspicacity)...

    I also like sagacious, meaning smart, judicious...
  15. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I like vicarious. It's such a sexy word ... unless you know what it means. :lol:
  16. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    That is a nice-sounding word, pygmalion! :cheers:
  17. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Isn't it? :-D

    Oddly enough, I also like to see very simple words used correctly. Ms R, my 2nd/3rd grade teacher, was a big stickler for homophones. So, umpty-jillion years later, nothing pleases me more than to see to, too and two (or other similar word families) used correctly.

    Ms R/Mrs S was an awesome teacher!
  18. sambanada

    sambanada Active Member

  19. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

  20. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


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