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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

TodaysAGoodDay Wed 19-Sep-12 21:59:59

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!

tak1ngchances Wed 19-Sep-12 22:17:58

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.

mistressploppy Fri 21-Sep-12 10:34:02


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.

MirandaGoshawk Sat 22-Sep-12 22:59:30

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


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