Your favorite strange word! (or two) (in Off-topic)


Smartmuck August 18 2007 11:07 PM EDT

Please, post any words that just have always sounded funny to you.

Why? Because I'm bored. And I love funny words.

I'll start:

Rutebega
Spritzer
Persnickety
Salivating

cookie dough August 18 2007 11:21 PM EDT

ointment
boogle
chihuahua
rambunctios
elephant
Banana
balderdash
onomonopia
quirky
Bamboozle
zucchinni
cucumber
kumquat
poobah
discombobulated
aaaaaaand.................................






uranus! BWA HA HA!

RedWolf August 18 2007 11:42 PM EDT

Bolshevik :-P

As in, a group of commies is a load of bolshevik...

ResistanZ August 18 2007 11:44 PM EDT

Superfluous.

Lochnivar August 18 2007 11:45 PM EDT

facetiously.....
just because it has all the vowels in order (a,e,i,o,u,y)

RedWolf August 18 2007 11:48 PM EDT

If we're going there, why not these..

strength is the word with the highest consonant to vowel ratio
sequoia is the word with the highest vowel to consonant ration
typewriter is the longest word that can be typed on the top row of the keyboard
stewardesses is the longest word that can be typed with only the left hand.

I could go on, but those are the only words that come to mind right off the bat. And I'm sure there's at least one person (probably bart) that can prove one or more of the above false...

Lochnivar August 19 2007 12:45 AM EDT

how about 'antidisestablishmentarianists' the longest word in English; which, incidentally, is not in the spell checker.

QBOddBird August 19 2007 1:25 AM EDT

I've always had a thing for the word 'bootydance'.

Relic August 19 2007 1:33 AM EDT

cockamamie

Nerevas August 19 2007 1:49 AM EDT

zamboni

Godpanda August 19 2007 1:58 AM EDT

Tingle


ROFL.

Thraklight Resonance August 19 2007 2:07 AM EDT

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Godpanda August 19 2007 2:10 AM EDT

Jerk. =D

[RX3]Cotillion August 19 2007 2:14 AM EDT

Should have broken the word up... It jacked the heck out of the thread format...

I can scroll for 2 days to the right now.

But... favorite strange word?

Ferocious, or ominous...

QBRanger August 19 2007 2:44 AM EDT

Zuckerkandel
Orthopantamogram
oophorectomy

Adminedyit August 19 2007 10:09 AM EDT

defugalty
nephelometric turbidity unit
trihalomethane

Mem August 19 2007 2:58 PM EDT

Debris.

fatty the loner August 19 2007 4:17 PM EDT

cumquat

bartjan August 19 2007 5:15 PM EDT

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

cookie dough August 19 2007 8:56 PM EDT

hippopotamus

Thraklight Resonance August 20 2007 12:34 AM EDT

It turns out that I merely posted the largest technical word published in a serious academic journal discussion (one that I remembered was pretty darn long from a graduate plant pathology course that I took back in 1992).

A friend who is an organic chemistry professor informed me that the IUPAC recognized chemical name for titin (connectin)is over 189,000 letters long. No, I'm not going to try to post that one. :-)


Miandrital August 20 2007 2:43 AM EDT

Just find the largest protein molecule in the world and its name will likely be the longest word in the english language :)

ScY August 20 2007 3:19 AM EDT

Thrak, i think that the spellcheck didnt actually recognize that as a word, making it blow up, and therefore causing the CB crash of late.

Either that or it gave up xD

QBSefton [Black Cheetah Bazaar] August 20 2007 1:23 PM EDT

nonchalant
and
irregardless

*nod to Bast*

drudge August 20 2007 1:54 PM EDT

masticate and moist are strange

Thraklight Resonance August 21 2007 7:28 PM EDT

Annals, as another friend once experienced as an audience member, is one missing letter away from being an incredibly humiliating mistake in a powerpoint presentation title.

muon [The Winds Of Fate] August 21 2007 9:43 PM EDT

Ubiquitous and Discombobulate.

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] August 22 2007 12:03 AM EDT

This isn't a strange word more a strange thing. Someone figured out that in a lot of languages if they don't know English the two words "cellar door" have an erotic sound . Well I heard it on the radio a few years ago.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 22 2007 12:15 AM EDT

These are all "just fun to say", in some cases because the sound fits so well with the definition.

Dullard
Lassitudinous
Pernicious
Languorous
Limpid
Pellucid
Iniquity
Lascivious
Serendipity
Salacious
Ineptitude
Licentious
Clandestine
Surreptitious
Juxtaposition

AdminShade August 22 2007 12:49 AM EDT

preposterous

[P]Mitt August 22 2007 12:58 AM EDT

ignoble
trifecta

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 22 2007 1:56 AM EDT


Oh! Facetious and detritus, too.

Spork August 22 2007 2:17 AM EDT

soliloquy is just an incredibly fun word to say. and onomatopoeia is really cool too, but I had to look up how to spell the suffix.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 22 2007 4:25 AM EDT


And vestibule and sofa.

QBsutekh137 August 22 2007 11:15 AM EDT

Awry.

For years as a youth I would read it and hear "AW-ree" in my mind. I knew the word "awry" when speaking, and said it correctly as "a-RYE". But reading it was different.

I remember the feeling when I was reading it and finally realized I was looking at "awry", and my visual, mental, and aural perceptions intersected. Creepy and glorious.

There were a couple other words like that for me, but I can't think of them now...

The words "fey" and "wan" are fun, too. So short but so cool.

48Zach August 22 2007 11:24 AM EDT

comfy..

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] August 22 2007 11:36 AM EDT

verisimilitude

i know how it should sound, but when i say it it always sounds like it has an extra syllable in it.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] August 22 2007 11:40 AM EDT

i almost forgot one of my favorite words ever, i think the reasons may be obvious:

morass

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 22 2007 2:09 PM EDT


Chemise!

48Zach August 22 2007 2:18 PM EDT

Chemise if French for shirt , lol

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 22 2007 2:22 PM EDT


In English, it's a lady's undergarment. shuh-meeze' not kah-myze'.

48Zach August 22 2007 2:25 PM EDT

shuh-meeze is how its said in french as well ^.^

AdminG Beee August 22 2007 2:30 PM EDT

Banana!

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 22 2007 2:32 PM EDT


Odious!

Also it's linguistically interesting to note that most all of the "god words", no matter their origin, include the "ah" sounds which is one of the few to not require lips, teeth or tongue.

QBOddBird August 22 2007 2:46 PM EDT

pumpernickel

Jake the Snayke August 22 2007 2:51 PM EDT

mallow

Adminedyit August 22 2007 4:46 PM EDT

vicissitude

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] August 22 2007 5:03 PM EDT

I always like this word, even though it is terribly repugnant (which is another neat word): Vivisect!

Also a word many around here should be familiar with: Apocryphal!

A programming favorite: Concatenation!

Just because I love this word: Quixotic!

Yes the exclamation points are necessary!

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] August 22 2007 6:04 PM EDT

Qi is an incredibly cool word, shortest word beginning with Q and also one of the limited if not only word where a U does not follow the Q.

Sadly the spellchecker does not recognise the word.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 23 2007 3:25 AM EDT


Barrack!

It's an active verb! (who knew?)

Revs August 24 2007 12:06 PM EDT

Platypus

Weird

And Weird is strange, just because of the way it sounds and breaks the rules of spelling and all that nonsense. "I before E except after C, or when sounding like A as in neighbor and weigh" . . . "oh, and then weird."

NotSuitablForChildren [Yeeeaahh.................] August 29 2007 3:20 PM EDT

Haberdasher
Velcro
Aluminum (especially the way the brits say it)
Chortle
Quaint
vacuum
malodorous
French people

it all depends on who is saying it too. A French person saying "hamburger"... Hilarious!

Lochnivar August 29 2007 5:49 PM EDT

salubrious suites CB to a 'T'
claggy (so not in the CB dictionary, but oh so descriptive)
loquacious
modicum

man CBers are wordy!

QBOddBird September 2 2007 11:46 PM EDT

TITILLATING
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