Pedants. What is your favourite word?

(54 Posts)
Sixofone Sat 02-Feb-08 23:27:07

Mine is trundle. Although, squiffy is a close second.

Yes, I've been at the wine. hmm

RoxyNotFoxy Sun 03-Feb-08 16:37:31

I used to like "flange". Not any more, obviously.

Sixofone Sun 03-Feb-08 18:45:21

<<snort @ flange^>>

is quite a good word too.

smugmumofboys Sun 03-Feb-08 18:49:34

I love (and possibly overuse) the word 'ostensibly'. 'Nevertheless' is a fave too. Have never posted in Pedants' Corner before!

Off to do bath 'n' bed.

RoxyNotFoxy Sun 03-Feb-08 20:47:00



Am also quite fond of 'plethora'

RoxyNotFoxy Sun 03-Feb-08 22:27:19


EllbellTheBluestocking Sun 03-Feb-08 22:30:23

OMG smugmum... I came here specifically to post that I massively overuse the word 'ostensibly'.

My absolute favourite word is sdrucciolo, but it probably doesn't count, because it's not English. (Incidentally, is there a word in English for a word that is stressed on the ante-penultimate syllable?)

FAQ Sun 03-Feb-08 22:32:30

I'm not really a pedant - but my favourite word is pedantic's the only English word I've ever managed to find and use around DH which he's had to look up in a dictionary LOL

jura Sun 03-Feb-08 22:41:57


And braggadocio

gigglewitch Sun 03-Feb-08 22:45:57

it is definitely However. (with capital "H")
aka "I'm about to p1ss on your bonfire..."

Snippety Tue 05-Feb-08 17:24:01

cabochon, curmudgeonly, and hamfast

Most over used "F**K off, Kipper !" (DH's cat with whom I have a difficult relationship). I am seriously worried that these will be my son's first words. Trying to say "Shoo, puss" instead grin

hanaflower Tue 05-Feb-08 17:25:54

I am a big fan of "obstreperous"

Buckets Tue 05-Feb-08 17:26:20




squishee Tue 18-Sep-12 22:30:06

To jettison. Especially when referring to a man heading for a good dumping.

I love this thread! Was about to start an identical one when I found all you fellow pedants wordsmiths.

GobblersKnob Tue 18-Sep-12 22:32:10

Onamatapaeic and all the words that are.

Ponders Tue 18-Sep-12 22:32:42


cq Tue 18-Sep-12 22:39:26


Also love snudger.

For any foul-mouthed pedants out there, you have to look that one up in the Viz Profanisaurus. I can highly recommend it - the only book that DH and I have quoted out loud to each other in bed and laughed so hard the bed shook. grin grin

Always wanted to get a dog and call him Snudger.

squishee Tue 18-Sep-12 22:40:54

"Spurious" comes a close second.

SpeckleDust Tue 18-Sep-12 22:42:28


I managed to use it in my (scientific) thesis. Just because I liked it.

squishee Tue 18-Sep-12 22:44:12

I don't think anyone would bat an eyelid cq!
The Viz Profanisaurus! I haven't read that in ages, thanks!
<goes all quiet for a suspiciously long time>

cq Tue 18-Sep-12 22:51:20

Pets with Tourettes was another literary gem that had us in stitches. Picked it up in Waterstones. Very non-pc.

But I digress.

squishee Wed 19-Sep-12 21:52:02

Ooh I've googled, it, that does looks good, thanks again :-)

HolofernesesHead Wed 19-Sep-12 21:57:41

My current favourite word is 'trifle' to denote inconsequentiality, as in 'a mere trifle', closely followed by 'stripling'.

Manuscript. What a wonderful, almost vocally tactile, word.

NellyJob Wed 19-Sep-12 22:00:55

'ostensibly' is also a personal fave of mine, along with 'purportedly'..oh and 'fuck'

Goldidi Wed 19-Sep-12 22:05:28

I like 'discombobulate' I use it all the time.

I also use 'numpty' a lot but I'm not sure that's a word I should use in pedant's corner.

toomuchpink Wed 19-Sep-12 22:10:06


picnicbasketcase Wed 19-Sep-12 22:11:24

'Soliloquy' and 'defenestrate'.

edam Wed 19-Sep-12 22:14:30

defenestrate is a good one, I really enjoyed learning about the defenestration of Prague in school, not for the history, just for the sheer pleasure of the word.

I like serendipity because a. it's a lovely concept and b. the word sounds so nice - very satisfying, a bit zippedy doo dah.

Cantankerous. Love it.

squishee Wed 19-Sep-12 22:15:18

I also like lots of legal ones like 'quash', 'overturn', 'uphold' and 'acquit'.

Ooh yes, serendipity. Serendipitous is more satisfying to say though!

Have used both of those recently in emails at work. Spices things up a bit

bigbadbarry Wed 19-Sep-12 22:22:40


drjohnsonscat Wed 19-Sep-12 22:23:52


ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Wed 19-Sep-12 22:26:45

Solipsism. Serendipity. Pejorative. Recalcitrant. Opprobrious. Prestidigitation. Apropos.
Pertinacious pipsqueak smile

edam Wed 19-Sep-12 22:30:01

There are lots of long, grand words that are satisfying (I've posted a couple myself). But some of the loveliest are simple words that express an awful lot. It may be sentimental of me, but 'Mummy' is one of my very favourite words.

flossyfloo Wed 19-Sep-12 22:30:29


Minimammoth Wed 19-Sep-12 22:32:31

Has this thread really been running for 4 years?

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Wed 19-Sep-12 22:34:23

Oh yes ponders, love fortuitously and use it a lot! Unlike say prestidigitation which I haven't ha a chance to whip out maybe forever.
Antimacassars. Sound so dashing. Except when my friends took the piss because i used it couldn't appreciate it grin

squishee Wed 19-Sep-12 22:35:56

That's funny tak1ngchances!
I write reports for a living so I slip all sorts of cheeky things in...

Stonking. Vitriol. Embezzle.

CatWithKittens Fri 21-Sep-12 10:32:15

I like "chunter" - it has just the right grumbly sound.


Fripperies and whimsy are two more of my favourites.

Minimammoth Fri 21-Sep-12 20:36:12

I like a few made up words too. My daughter and I enjoy cowparsleyfication. It happens every year in the hedgerows.

Antidisestablishmentarianism. My Dad used to say it & it would make him laugh! At one time it was the longest word in the dictionary, think it's been overtaken now though by some computer term.

Velvet. Sound so rude!

Ponders Sun 23-Sep-12 22:42:39

a very precocious friend of my DD's used antidisestablishmentarianism once when playing hangman with me, Miranda - she was about 8 I think

she was mortified when I got it first go (the number of letters is a bit of a giveaway grin)

Nanny0gg Mon 24-Sep-12 23:46:20


Ponders - shock But well done for getting it and showing the little brat

Ponders Tue 25-Sep-12 22:18:07


(I was embarrassingly pleased!)

monsterchild Tue 25-Sep-12 22:27:12

I like palindromes

and scootillator, but it may be exactly wrong for this thread...

ByTheWay1 Wed 26-Sep-12 11:34:50

I like crepuscular, it sounds creepy and means "of the twilight" - so is a bit creepy...

and "squozen" which is also exactly wrong!

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