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Pedants. What is your favourite word?

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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


BoysAreLikeDogs Sun 03-Feb-08 20:48:05


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

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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

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


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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'.

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