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Cumbling Michael (CumblingMichael) | 166 comments You know, some words just have resonance. They sound good. They don't have to sound -like- anything, I'm not talking about onomatopoeia, I'm just talking about words that sound good for their own sake. For instance, I think "mahogany" is a particularly good word, as is "Aaron". "Plinth", on the other hand, whilst a great word, sounds untrustworthy. There ought to be a Uriah Heep character somewhere called "Augustus Plinth".

Michael


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notyourfriend (amemori) | 17 comments - Plethora
- Garrulous
- Vagrant


Cumbling Michael (CumblingMichael) | 166 comments Plethora and Garrulous are obviously good, perhaps because they're exotic. But vagrant takes a rare mind to spot - and I think it's good one.


☆Joycedale☆ | 225 comments Pedestrian
I just like how it sounds.


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G.G. (ggatcheson) Pique
Just because...
No but seriously, not only I like the sound of it, but I also like that many people have problems with the spelling. I also love words taken from another language.


Zombieslayer⚡Alienhunter (theslayingisthunter) | 153 comments Intergalactic.


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Charlene | 39 comments Well, Michael, my favorite word is "Michael".

I love the way its spelled, I love the way it rolls off the tongue, and I love the sharp sound of the "c".

I always hoped that I would at least date a Michael so that I could say it as much as I want, but alas, that was not meant to be.


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Justanotherbiblophile | 1767 comments Here's one I purposefully mispronounce, because I like it better that way:

Epitome

But seriously, you want me to pick one (or a few?). I'm a glutton for dem lexemes.


Cumbling Michael (CumblingMichael) | 166 comments Justanotherbiblophile wrote: "Here's one I purposefully mispronounce, because I like it better that way:

Epitome

But seriously, you want me to pick one (or a few?). I'm a glutton for dem lexemes."


I started this thread with the intention of it becoming a conversation, not a competition. So all your favourite words are welcome - but the criterion is personal preference - so there can be no winners.

Anything you really like is both valid, and welcome.

Michael


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Cumbling Michael (CumblingMichael) | 166 comments But Epitome is good. However, I'm struggling to imagine how else you would pronounce it.


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Cumbling Michael (CumblingMichael) | 166 comments Cumbling Michael wrote: "But Epitome is good. However, I'm struggling to imagine how else you would pronounce it."

On second thoughts, I suppose you could combine "epi" as in "epigram" with "Tome" as in "large book". That might be fun.


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☆Joycedale☆ | 225 comments I thought that was how it was pronounced?


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Cumbling Michael (CumblingMichael) | 166 comments ☆Joycedale☆ wrote: "I thought that was how it was pronounced?"

It's one of those dastardly classical words. It's really hard to describe the proper pronunciation in English. However, here we go:

Starts off with E (as in "Ear") then "pit" (as in hole in the ground) Then O (as in Oh, my!), followed by "me" as in "Me or you"?

So put together it's Ee-pit-Oh-Me.

Michael

Hope that helps.


Justanotherbiblophile | 1767 comments 1) Ain't anyone got time for that! My personal dictionary list has at least this much in one of the files;
wc: 1733 24610 161344

2) You got my pronunciation in one. And did a great job with the correct version as well.


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Love the word "plump". How it sounds is apropos to its definition. It sounds so full, I love the "mp" sound. :)


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Cumbling Michael (CumblingMichael) | 166 comments There's a moorland region of Lancashire, not far from me, with the ancient and evocative name "Anglezarke". In Wiltshire, there's an ancient forest called "Savernake". Words dripping with history.


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Rebekah | 10 comments Some of my favorites
- loquacious
- cryptic
- verisimilitude
- whiskey (I say whisssskey)
- splendid
- rubbish
- ghastly
- soup
- espionage
- lyric


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Pamela Love | 1136 comments Suddenly


Sometimes I think I use it in every story I write.


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Random (rand0m1s) | 102 comments Susurrous
Gregarious
Paradox
Arithmetic - yeah, I know, I'm weird
Quixotic

-- edited because I had to add a couple extras --


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mj (valmj) Aluminum (I love both pronunciations)
Psych
Pond
Splendor
Indubitably


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Michele | 2425 comments Daniel
rubric
diamante
luscious
anorexic
chalcedony
orange
inattentive

Apparently I like long words with lots of fricatives. Ooh, and there's another one: fricative :)


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Gerd | 223 comments Laura wrote: "Love the word "plump". How it sounds is apropos to its definition. It sounds so full, I love the "mp" sound. :)"

"Apropos" is a word I like, mainly because there's still a little school boy in me that can't help but giggle when he sees it as it looks so, well, as if it meant to say backside. :D


Random wrote: "Quixotic"

Yes, that's a fine one!
Can't imagine a reader who wouldn't like this.


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Charlotte (caelestial) | 7 comments All of these were so lovely.
My favorite words are: ephemeral, ethereal, diaphanous, truculent


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mj (valmj) Charlotte wrote: "All of these were so lovely.
My favorite words are: ephemeral, ethereal, diaphanous, truculent"


Those are good!

I also really like "moonlight". There's something very soothing about it, just like what it is.


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TwoCagedBirds | 53 comments Mine are


Limerick
Pumpkin
Critter
Espionage
Derriere
Wanderlust
Wunderkind

I'm sure there are more, I just can't think of them right now.


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Jaye  | 385 comments infused.

When my daughter was very little and confused she would say, "I'm so infused."

It became a family word that spread to others over the years.


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Nicki | 3 comments another vote for discombobulated


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Ket | 164 comments Salish. I've always loved the sounds of the city names where I grew up in the northwest. Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Snohomish. They're names from the first nations languages, often the names of tribes. I love the way my mouth shapes around the names, and how much they sound like home.


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MJ | 1382 comments Oh yeah, there are lots of words like epitome that can go either way, and for some reason my brain has been getting stuck on all of them for the last few months. Once it flashes thru my head, i start chewing on each way... Rarely finding a definitive preference... Much to my annoyance!

But my favorite word has to be BUMBLEBEE. Especially when mixed with drunken. She looks like a drunken bumblebee! The visual always makes me smile.


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Kimber (kimberlibri) | 158 comments I need to add a recent favorite Tatterdemalion - not the character. It means ragamuffin or a person in dilapidated clothing. Skedaddle too.


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Melissa (aglionby) | 3 comments Posh. It just sounds so... posh.


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Isabelle Ley | 44 comments 2 of my favorites are vendetta and cahoots, not because of their meaning, but because of how they sound and are spelled.


LaughingLeopardPress | 5 comments I love the word "crisp". It sounds so fresh and exciting!


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Merrilee (jrsygrl626) | 189 comments I love "vast" and "heebie-jeebies"!


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Chad Eaton (binkeybat) | 10 comments I'll have to add twitterpated, defenestrate, and myriad.


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Amy (Other Amy) | 171 comments I'm bummed because I learned a couple of days ago that 'octopi' is not actually the correct plural of 'octopus'. (It's apparently 'octopuses' or 'octopodes'.) So upsetting. Octopi is fun to say and one of my favorites.

Several of my other favorites have already been mentioned. I also like:
dappled
auspicious
dwindle
gloom
multitudinous
luminous
lapse
ember
autumn
quince


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Lou Rocama | 436 comments antepenultimate

funambulist


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Patricia | 17 comments monobromotrifloromethane


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Verisimilitude
Brobdingnagian
Googolplex


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Patricia | 17 comments Gobsmacked


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Courtney (conservio) | 97 comments Evolution, biology, cedar, and Galaxy


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Janice  | 12 comments skedaddle
serendipity
ramshackle
ubiquitous


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Yuckamashe | 25 comments I have a three way tie for my fav; Anarchy, Memorabilia, and Raggamuffin


Justanotherbiblophile | 1767 comments Hmm, I'm curious...

Does anyone else have a privately compiled dictionary?


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Waldo Varjak | 98 comments You mean a commonplace book?


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Amy (Other Amy) | 171 comments Justanotherbiblophile wrote: "Hmm, I'm curious...

Does anyone else have a privately compiled dictionary?"


The thought has never occurred to me. I'd love to, but I have a feeling if I started one I'd never get anything else done.


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Kimber (kimberlibri) | 158 comments Skedaddle, Effervescence and I don't have a dictionary on file but I do have an unofficial one of made up words and expressions so my fiancé can keep them straight. :D


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Phil calliope
serendipity
gelatinous
ruminant

The list goes on and on. I love words.


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Lobstergirl | 39296 comments Mod
Justanotherbiblophile wrote: "Hmm, I'm curious...

Does anyone else have a privately compiled dictionary?"


Yes.

It's not big though, it's quite short because frankly you have to remember you're keeping it, and it takes time to stop what you're reading and add the word, or make yourself a note to add the word. Right now it goes from adamantine to yurt.

And then an Addendum to the dictionary is a collection of phrases I've either read or heard that were hilarious or noteworthy, and if I'm being careful, I note the source. For example, "he went shouty crackers" means he threw a hissy fit. Source: Hugh Grant


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Lobstergirl | 39296 comments Mod
Waldo wrote: "You mean a commonplace book?"

I have one of those too.


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