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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby schone.maschine » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:24 pm UTC

liza wrote:Effervescent, evanescent, halcyon, vermilion, anemone, soliloquy, and mellifluous are favourites of mine. I like using these words.


These are rife with sibilant phonemes. That's why they sound nice - rolls off the tongue.

Katastrophy wrote:Actually, Angst is just the German word for Fear.


This is a great example of how translations merely approximate meanings. "Fear" is literal, but it misses the point. Angst is more of a sense of emotional unrest and stress caused by fear of something. It's not so much "fear" as the resulting internal strife caused by fear of something.

And i'm going to agree with JayDee on Miasma. I tend to think of words as beautiful not for sound but for meaning. Makes beauty contextual most of the time, but i'll say ersatz and holy are my favorites.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby JayDee » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:22 am UTC

schone.maschine wrote:And i'm going to agree with JayDee on Miasma. I tend to think of words as beautiful not for sound but for meaning. Makes beauty contextual most of the time, but i'll say ersatz and holy are my favorites.
Did I say that. Hmm, I did. From the same line of the same song, eliminated. As well as luminous, which is not from the song, but also nice. I tend to appreciate the sound more than the meaning, when it comes to beauty.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby xX[Jax]Xx » Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:18 am UTC

Wow, my english class just went through an assignment where we had to write a list of beautiful sounding words and ugly sounding words, which then after we had to make into a poem...awesome topic indeed ^_^

i've always liked catastrophic
well that and dispondent

both ugly words in themself but yet nice to the ear

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby the tree » Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:39 pm UTC

Fuck is an amazing word, for so many reasons.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby reflectia » Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:20 am UTC

I'm not sure if this has already been mentioned but...
serendipity.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Number3Pencils » Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:04 pm UTC

"Idiot".
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Nova » Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:09 pm UTC

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Re: Words you love.

Postby thoughtfully » Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:45 pm UTC

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Re: Words you love.

Postby NathanielJ » Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:29 am UTC

I like the phrase "quietly clever". I never use it or anything like that, I just think that it sounds very "pretty".
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Mystify » Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:33 am UTC

NathanielJ wrote:I like the phrase "quietly clever". I never use it or anything like that, I just think that it sounds very "pretty".

I love the name Nathaniel. Names are words, that counts, right?

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Mandiful » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:28 am UTC

Epiglottis.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Dr. Steve Brule » Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:12 pm UTC

What about Phantasmagoric?
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Non Serviam » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:47 pm UTC

It occurred to me on a long bus journey recently (and I do not usually take the bus) how much I loved the word "unambiguousness". Imagine my consternation, then, when I looked it up in the OED and found that no such word exists. It's "unambiguity", which is far less elegant. Which got me thinking: ambiguity > ambiguate > ambiguation > disambiguation, which we know so well from Wikipedia. So I've decided that'll have to do. It lets me appreciate Wikipedia on a whole new level, anyway.

At present, I'm also liking cirronimbus, crepuscule and anything with the -age suffix (poundage, spillage, roughage).
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Owehn » Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:43 am UTC

I learned a new -age word today: lavage. It means "washing", which makes the soap brand "Lava" especially punny. (It contains ground pumice.)
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Re: Words you love.

Postby 4=5 » Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:50 am UTC

well lava came from the same root it's what flowed from volcanoes

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lava

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Owehn » Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:56 pm UTC

Bother. Now it's just up there with FANatic.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Pirate.Bondage » Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:35 pm UTC

Owehn wrote:I learned a new -age word today: lavage. It means "washing", which makes the soap brand "Lava" especially punny. (It contains ground pumice.)


AHA, like the Spanish word "lavar" which is "to wash"/clean
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Morndas » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:55 am UTC

Smite
Serendipity
Lubricious - I read it just today, haven't looked up what it means yet. I'm hoping it has some amazingly cool meaning, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be dissapointed. *Sigh*

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Owehn » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:05 pm UTC

I just remembered one of my other favorite words: limn.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Felstaff » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:59 pm UTC

Kerfuffle, shindig, hurly-burly, brouha-ha, tumult, hubbub, hullabaloo, ballyhoo, furore, pandemonium, squabble.

All action words.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby bbctol » Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:26 pm UTC

I learned the word "copacetic" today and it's my new favorite word. Sounds pretentious and Latin, but it's actually 20's slang of unknown origin.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Kewangji » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:33 pm UTC

bod wrote:I do have another favourite word, but I fear it would be censored...

Fellatio and cunnilingus are both great words.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Upsilon » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:51 pm UTC

Bombastic
Hun
Deutsch (even if it's not English)
Ubiquitous
22/M/USA
age/sex/location
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Zak » Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:15 am UTC

ellipses, but my favorite words are in spanish

Hablaba
serpiente
Lampara
Afeitarse
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Haverc » Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:39 pm UTC

Plashy. It's perfect. If I ever meet Stephen Fry, I have to make him say "plashy".

I also like 'slice' but only in certain context - like "a slice of pie".

A few German words too, 'vielleicht' (perhaps) and 'besonders' (especially).

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby kellsbells » Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:59 am UTC

Reading the thread reminds me of this. http://www.ferin.com/words.mp3/ The end is the best part... so many WORDS!
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Zak » Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:06 am UTC

My favorite words are ones with a 'v' and a 'y' right next to each other like, Savvy. It also just looks cool how it is written.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby __Kit » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:08 pm UTC

Good words.

Lemme try...

Entendre
Errodescent
Pyromania
Bristle
Electric
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby JayDee » Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:04 pm UTC

I watched Pirates 3 the other day, and it reminded me of this thread (or Z.A.K. mentioning savvy reminded me of the movie, whatever.) Multitude I like, perhaps because it reminds me of pinball. Vicissitude and similar words. I've seen it on occasion in poetry, but I learnt it from V:tM. Same with Obfuscate. And speaking of words learnt from games, in my very first M:tG booster, I got Legerdemain.

I like big words.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby innoby... » Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:50 am UTC

selfopening_door wrote:I quite like "betwixt". Got to love those archaic words.


I actually had a friend who used that in an english paper and the professor threatened to fail him if he ever used the word again. Albeit (one of my favorite words) he used it over 40 times in a 2 page paper, but that's neither here nor there.

And personally though I do find myself entertained by the temptation to use longer words, it's been so long since I've played scrabble or been in school that I've lost a bit of my vocabulary.

I guess I need to start reading the fucking dictionary again.

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Zak » Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:52 am UTC

innoby... wrote:I guess I need to start reading the fucking-dictionary again.

Hmm... I may need to get me one of them...
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Felstaff » Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:45 am UTC

Flesh, Fresh, Breath, Shell.

Also, any word in the English language with ʒ. Treasure, Azure, Jejune.

Or a sexy French woman pronouncing "George".
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby drbhoneydew » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:05 am UTC

Soporific
Plinth
Tabernacle, especially when said with a West Country accent that lengthens the second syllable.
Noodle, when said by a Scots female.

Unfortunately they're not the kind of words that can just be slipped into a conversation, nor can they be forced in without some difficulty, but it's quite special when it happens :)

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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Zak » Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:40 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:Or a sexy French woman pronouncing "George" anything.

Fix'd
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby JayDee » Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:50 am UTC

Another word I've always loved: Archipelago.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Apeiron » Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:44 pm UTC

Changeante (sounds like shonjzwa)

It's in the lyrics Stereolab's Lo Boob Oscillator (that's the song title [not kidding]). The way Laetitia says it... it sounds like the most beautiful thing in the world.

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Re: Words you love.

Postby Felstaff » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:52 pm UTC

Oddly, I got into Stereolab for a band member is my namesake.

If you JFG the band member's name, the real me appears at about entry 11. For a site I'm rarely actually part of.

In fact, the only way I can be the first entry is if you add the terms "writing portfolio" (with inverted commas) to the band member's name, and also add -stereolab
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Re: Words you love.

Postby Eruantale » Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:09 pm UTC

My personal favorites, to name a few, are:

auspicious
polysyndeton
ethereal
deracinate
and whence.
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Re: Beautiful words...

Postby Eruantale » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:44 am UTC

Citadel and loquacious are my favorites for sounds, but my favorite word all around is truth.
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Re: Words you love.

Postby liza » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:16 am UTC

Lately, gmal has instilled in me a love of the word "wherefore". It's really a great word. Flows better than 'why' does.
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