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What words do you like that you don't really use.

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meggymoo Mon 27-Jun-05 15:23:09

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Ellbell Mon 27-Jun-05 15:44:31

egregious

ostensibly

'polysyndeton' and 'hendecasyllable' (can't think of a reason why my dds would want to use those though - I use them in my poetry classes, but they are lovely words)

My dds both claim that babies are 'absolutely adorable', and I have no idea where they got this expression from, but you're right, it is cute when a 3-y-o uses it!

dinosaur Mon 27-Jun-05 15:46:13

I don't get nearly enough chances to say "Dodecahedron".

colditz Mon 27-Jun-05 16:13:58

"Apoplectic with rage"
Gibbering
Boulderdash

saadia Mon 27-Jun-05 18:34:33

I've taught 3 and a half year old ds1 all about pentagons and hexagons hoping he'll randomly drop them into conversations. Also taught him about the gibbous moon (in between a half moon and a full moon) which he likes talking about.

WigWamBam Mon 27-Jun-05 18:41:04

hyperbole
scintilla
tintinnabulation
timbre
hemidemisemiquaver
floccinaucinihilipilification

starlover Mon 27-Jun-05 18:41:10

i once looked after a little boy who told me
"i simply love broccoli, it's glorious"

rickman Mon 27-Jun-05 18:43:23

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fishfinger Mon 27-Jun-05 18:44:03

gosh

s o 1930s

meggymoo Mon 27-Jun-05 18:49:29

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Mama5 Mon 27-Jun-05 18:49:55

Eponomous

fishfinger Mon 27-Jun-05 18:50:03

think a htreasd liek this is hwo I became codswallop

starlover Mon 27-Jun-05 18:51:12

ff... i have used gosh on 3 threads today!

JoolsToo Mon 27-Jun-05 18:51:51

Ellbell - you're not a LOG fan by any chance?

am loving

horrid
crumbs
disagreeable

meggymoo Mon 27-Jun-05 18:55:05

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happymerryberries Mon 27-Jun-05 18:55:34

Vulgar
Pedantic
impertinant

I use these almost every day to kids who have no idea what they mean. So they get to extend their vocabulary as well as get a telling of!

Ellbell Mon 27-Jun-05 20:31:30

LOG, Joolstoo? [confused emoticon]

Attempted to explain 'democracy' to my dd (5) today. (She asked me to explain Guardian cartoon... hmmmm a toughie!)

Same dd knows what an apostrophe is and what it's for, but calls it a 'retostroffy'

(It's not an English word, but - going back to the poetic theme - I love and adore the word 'sdrucciolo' and always teach my students what a 'sdrucciolo line of poetry is' (a line where the stress is on the antepenultimate syllable, hence a normal hendecasyllabic line gets to have 12 syllables instead of 11.... are you all with me?) just so I can say the word 'sdrucciolo' a few times (and even though the poets I teach don't actually use sdrucciolo lines). I know, I know... I am one sad individual!

Ellbell Mon 27-Jun-05 20:34:13

PS Did you like the way I got the words 'antepenultimate' and 'hendecasyllabic' into one sentence there (not to mention the glorious - and quite possibly egregious - 'sdrucciolo'!!!

Mellifluous
Serendipity

Gosh [sic] there are so many simply divine [sic] words....

Ellbell Mon 27-Jun-05 20:34:13

PS Did you like the way I got the words 'antepenultimate' and 'hendecasyllabic' into one sentence there (not to mention the glorious - and quite possibly egregious - 'sdrucciolo'!!!

Mellifluous
Serendipity

Gosh [sic] there are so many simply divine [sic] words....

TinyGang Mon 27-Jun-05 20:59:19

Flibertijibbert(sp?) My Grandmas description of someone who 'ought to know better..'

milge Mon 27-Jun-05 21:02:00

Antidisestablishmentarian. Maybe it will come back into vogue soon?

meggymoo Mon 27-Jun-05 21:05:40

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JoolsToo Mon 27-Jun-05 21:47:50

Ellbell - LOG is League of Gentlemen - there was a very funny sketch involving 'egregious'
but obviously that's not where you got it from!

Ellbell Mon 27-Jun-05 22:49:49

JT, no, haven't seen that. But 'egregious' is still a fab word.

Meggymoo, how about restoring 'gay' to its original meaning? I've been reading Enid Blyton with my dds (The Faraway Tree) and there are some spiffing words in there...!

Twiglett Mon 27-Jun-05 22:50:37

discombobulate

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