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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

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!

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

I like palindromes

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

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


(I was embarrassingly pleased!)

MirandaGoshawk Tue 25-Sep-12 14:26:57

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

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


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)

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!

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.

Fripperies and whimsy are two more of my favourites.

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


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

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

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.

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

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

Has this thread really been running for 4 years?

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


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.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Cantankerous. Love it.

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.

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

'Soliloquy' and 'defenestrate'.

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