Your favorite strange word! (or two) (in Off-topic)
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.
August 18 2007 11:21 PM EDT
uranus! BWA HA HA!
August 18 2007 11:42 PM EDT
As in, a group of commies is a load of bolshevik...
August 18 2007 11:44 PM EDT
August 18 2007 11:45 PM EDT
just because it has all the vowels in order (a,e,i,o,u,y)
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...
August 19 2007 12:45 AM EDT
how about 'antidisestablishmentarianists' the longest word in English; which, incidentally, is not in the spell checker.
August 19 2007 1:25 AM EDT
I've always had a thing for the word 'bootydance'.
August 19 2007 1:33 AM EDT
August 19 2007 1:49 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...
August 19 2007 2:44 AM EDT
nephelometric turbidity unit
August 19 2007 2:58 PM EDT
August 19 2007 5:15 PM EDT
August 19 2007 8:56 PM 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. :-)
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 :)
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
*nod to Bast*
August 20 2007 1:54 PM EDT
masticate and moist are strange
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.
Ubiquitous and Discombobulate.
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.
These are all "just fun to say", in some cases because the sound fits so well with the definition.
August 22 2007 12:49 AM EDT
August 22 2007 12:58 AM EDT
Oh! Facetious and detritus, too.
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.
August 22 2007 11:15 AM EDT
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.
August 22 2007 11:24 AM EDT
i know how it should sound, but when i say it it always sounds like it has an extra syllable in it.
i almost forgot one of my favorite words ever, i think the reasons may be obvious:
August 22 2007 2:18 PM EDT
Chemise if French for shirt , lol
In English, it's a lady's undergarment. shuh-meeze' not kah-myze'.
August 22 2007 2:25 PM EDT
shuh-meeze is how its said in french as well ^.^
August 22 2007 2:30 PM EDT
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.
August 22 2007 2:46 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!
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.
It's an active verb! (who knew?)
August 24 2007 12:06 PM EDT
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."
Aluminum (especially the way the brits say it)
it all depends on who is saying it too. A French person saying "hamburger"... Hilarious!
August 29 2007 5:49 PM EDT
salubrious suites CB to a 'T'
claggy (so not in the CB dictionary, but oh so descriptive)
man CBers are wordy!
September 2 2007 11:46 PM EDT
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