These are a few of my favorite words.

I’ve had writer’s block for the past half year.

It sucks and it’s meant that I’ve missed deadlines and had to alter contracts and I doubted myself every minute of the day.  It’s mostly mental illness and also some auto-immune disease stuff and I’ve been afraid to write anything about it because acknowledging it might make it real and permanent. (Yes, I realize this is crazy.  I’m crazy.  We match.)

But I start to slowly come back to having a brain that doesn’t actively want to kill me (I’M KNOCKING ON WOOD RIGHT HERE, LIFE.  DONT FUCK ME.) and I can tell it’s working again because I wake up with words in my head.  Like, literally a word will be stuck inside my mind.  It taps around and says itself over and over until I write it down, and then I write more, and suddenly I have a paragraph.

It’s not a very good paragraph.  It’s the first shaky walk you take to your kitchen to forage for food after a week of food poisoning, or the song that you can’t sing well because your vocal cords have forgotten how to work.  But it’s better than where I was last week when I couldn’t remember a single melody and my feet went missing.  This is a metaphor.  Not a great one, but it’s a push that moves the rusty hinges and turns a useless broken wall into an almost door.

This might not make sense to you.  That’s okay.  Because it makes sense to me and that’s an incredible relief when you think your words are gone forever.

My words are still here.  They’re trickling back in.  Slowly, but I’m okay with that.

And to celebrate?  A few of my favorite words:

Tintinnabulation ~ The lingering sound of a ringing bell that occurs after the bell has been struck

Gloaming – The moment of dusk that’s best for playing as a child.  It isn’t so much a time as it is a place.  You go for a walk in the gloaming.

L’esprit de l’escalier – (Technically not a single word, but it counts as one since it’s French and when I say it out aloud it sounds like one big, beautiful word.)  The spirit of the staircase that tells you the witty thing you should have said when you were still in the conversation inside.

Cellar ~ It’s just pretty to say.  You can smell the must, and feel the bright, wet cold on your face when you say it.

Baffled ~ me, all the time.

Unintelligible ~ You can’t say this word without sounding very smart.  Unless you mispronounce it.  Which is still fine because you can say you did it ironically on purpose.

Ethereal ~ I mispronounced this until I was 20.  Even mispronounced it’s pretty.

Superstitious ~ This word is like a song.  When I’m in a bad place I whisper it over and over, like a chant or prayer.  It doesn’t have a meaning when I use it as a spell, but it pulls me out of my head.  It’s hypnotic.

Hypnotic.  I just remembered I like that one too.

Phosphenes ~ Those flashes of light and color that come out when you rub your eyes.

Dementophobia – The fear of insanity.  The word sounds like falling down a spiral staircase…but gracefully.

Velociraptor.  Happy.  Discombobulated.  Thundering.  Vapid. Exploratory.  Uninterrupted.  Cylindrical.  Elizabeth. Catastrophe.  Bewildering.  Grace.  Kindling.  Strangeling.  Foundling.  SWASHBUCKLING!

I’m back.

Your turn.

 

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  1. Glockenspiel, Puce, and Bongo.

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  2. Callipygean! It means “round butts” and that makes me happy.🙂

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  3. Zamboni

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  4. Bemused – You aren’t Amused, you’re B-mused. It’s just not that funny.

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  5. Charientism — An insult couched in grace.

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  6. Peripatetic – it’s fun to say and I learned it in an old Calvin & Hobbes strip!

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  7. susurration is a wonderful word. (whispering or rustling) also murmuration.

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  8. Shattered, but only if you sing “Shadooby” in front of it and do it all in a Mick Jagger tone. Go ahead, bite the big apple.

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  9. Catastrophic; Cacophony; Kaleidoscope; Scintilla; and Malusdomesticaphobia
    That last one is a “fear of apples”
    https://merlinspielen.com/2013/02/18/a-fear-of-apples/

    Welcome back to the blogosphere!

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  10. Don’t forget “liminal.”

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  11. Serendipitious

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  12. Delightful. Swish. Vague.

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  13. Embiggen.
    Also jackieass which is me most of the time.

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  14. Parsimonious – frugal to the point of being stingy – first taught to me by an accounting professor whilst she instructed us as to how she preferred our writing to be in reports.

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  15. Saxophone. Daisy.

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  16. To this day I’m still fascinated with supercalifragilisticexpialdocious

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  17. Petrichor! The smell of the world after a rain

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  18. Old school baseball fans are also fans of the word “Gloaming”:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer_in_the_Gloamin%27

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  19. Obviate. Tchotchke. Reification (I just recently learned that one!)

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  20. Shenanigans, debacle and discombobulated.

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  21. Plethora

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  22. Languish. It sounds lovely even if it’s describing something that isn’t.

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  23. Synecdoche – I’d say it’s the capital of New York State, but I’m pretty sure that’s Albany.

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  24. Defenestrate: the act of pushing someone out a window

    Hiraeth: if I’m remembering correctly, this word means a feeling of homesickness for a place or time you cannot go back to or may never have existed. It’s a welsh word with no direct translation in English and I think it’s beautiful.

    Nat

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  25. I am sorry you are going through it. Just know you aren’t alone. And my favorite word is Galapagos, as in the island. It is just fun to say. G.a.l.a.p.a.g.o.s haha. I hope you feel better, I know that is hard, I go through it as well.

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  26. Egregious.

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  27. spanghew and cacophony

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  28. Annihilate. It just sounds pretty. The fact it is so completely clean doesn’t hurt.

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  29. 33
    Jenni (aka Sassypants)

    I recently learned the word “bunglecunt”. It was used to describe Trump.

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  30. Symbiosis

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  31. Laugh, the word sounds so soft and easy
    Cacophony, I was in my 20s when I learned how to pronounce this. A pretty word for such a noise.

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  32. 36
    Wendy White

    Cockamamie – ridiculous; implausible

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  33. Just the thought of ‘gloaming’ makes me homesick for a backyard in NC. Based on your amazing posts I would never have guessed you had writer’s block. Wow. You continue to amaze me. I’ve not laughed so much in years as I have at some of your posts since I ‘discovered’ you a month or two ago. Lord help me if this is not you at full tilt.

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  34. Flabbergasted, perfidious, blood, & better

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  35. Oh, welcome back! So glad you’ve found a way to write again. My anti-depressant seems to have stolen my writing ability – I’ve heard it’s happened to others. Prozac may have saved my life, but it’s taken some things away, also. I hope to be able to find them again.
    Anyway – I’m so glad you’re back! May the world get brighter and brighter (but not so bright you go blind!).😀

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  36. One of my favorite words is “smile” because when I look at it, it looks happy to me.

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  37. Blimey, corrugated(cardboard factory would be utopia to me)and unbeknownst.

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  38. Braggadocio, tarmac, undulating, cacophony, toast.

    I just really like toast. It’s like a celebration with bacon and eggs.

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  39. It makes perfect sense to me! Glad you’re back.

    I’ve always liked the feel of “eutony”. And it’s a eutonic word, too! The pleasantness of a word’s sound.

    Snuggery is my all time favourite though. It’s like onomatopeia, except instead of sounding like a noise, it sounds like a feeling. Snuggery, a warm and comfortable place.
    I love beautiful, exotic, uncommon words.

    You might find “kintsukuroi” useful. I think it’s a Japanese word (but I could be wrong) meaning “to repair with gold”. Like repairing a dropped plate with gold or silver lacquer, and understanding that it becomes more beautiful for having been broken. It makes me think of you.

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  40. 44
    Mary, Fairy Godmother

    Shitake Mushroom…….okay, that is two words but they can be used together for a variety of reasons…..when cooking or cursing…..or when you’re bored. Try it!

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  41. 45
    Maureen Travers

    rumspringa

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  42. Serendipity – kinda rolls of my tongue and I like the meaning too!

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  43. Ornithopter. Prestidigitation. Wonky. B’jankity. Facetious.

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  44. Throw. The English word that made me realize I have synesthesia. It feels like it sounds like you arm moves when you do it.

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  45. I really like indubitably. It’s just fun to say. It sort of bounces in your mouth.
    Also effervescent because it feels like that when you say it. It’s like a mouth-feel onomatopoeia.
    Also, onomatopoeia.

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  46. Kumquat. Wombat.

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    Jennifer Starman

    Miracle – the being that is Jenny Lawson, who makes me laugh, or cry with her, and whose books I am not allowed to read in bed, because, sleeping husband.

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  48. My favorite word from French class was chouette (“shwet”), which meant “cool.” All the French class kids would wander around the halls going “C’est chouette, n’est pas?” just to sound smarter and more awesome than the non-French speakers.

    I’ve wanted to be able to write for years. I wish I had the time, and when I do have the time, I wish I had the inspiration. I’m working on it.

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    Bridget O'Boyle

    I’m in a screenwriting course and suffering massive writers block & the anxiety of the deadlines and my brain not wanted to work to get things on paper has felt DIBILITATING! I’m so glad I stumbled across this. Thank you for sharing. You’re not crazy. You’re talented and it helps to hear talented people go through this too! If it helps you I was working for a big time produced that asked me to blog for one of his movies. We were talking about writing styles and he sent me your blog. He said you were funny and witty and his favorite blogger and that I should try to mimic you! So there! And has produced some big things!
    Good luck and let the past be the past, you’re a bad ass b will definitely overcome.
    Xo
    Bridget

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  50. Cleave: it’s one of those paradoxical words, that means both to cut in two (“cleaver” is the same root) but also to cling tightly together, as in “to cleave” to something. Except I don’t think it’s paradoxical, really, or if it is, it’s in the amazingly metaphysical way we are always separate from the things we love, no matter how close we try to hold them!

    Also? “Chuffed”–that marvelous British term that means something like honored and pleased but also very humble.

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  51. Petrichor- that smell right after it rains.

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  52. Peristalsis. Conundrum. Terdnugget. My son made that one up…

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  53. Throw. The English word that made me realize I have synesthesia. It feels like it sounds like you arm moves when you do it.

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  54. Percolator. It’s just fun to say.🙂

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  55. Defenestrate. It’s so very specific.

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  56. Foxen.

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  57. Alabaster

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  58. Amalgamated. Always loved the sound of it.

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  59. Pulls out list

    Good words: Grace, Causeway, Sherpa, Hibiscus, Prairie, Phalarope, Empyrean, Escarpment

    Words that are never good: Fuselage, Catheter

    Words I read but never hear/can’t pronounce: Leitmotif, Eponymous, Trebuchet, Palimpsest, Antimacassar, Cinquefoil

    And I am coming back later to steal everyone else’s for my list.

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  60. I just got my words back after several months of writer’s block (my publisher is thrilled). It feels like I’m finally myself again. I love your favorite words. These are a few of mine:

    petrichor: (the smell of dirt after a rain) because it is a beautiful word for a my favorite scent
    oxymoron: because it always makes me smile to say
    trebuchet: because it is fun to say
    shenanigans: this one always makes me think of my oldest friend who calls me a “shenanigator”
    seanchaí: this one is Irish for “storyteller” – it is a magical word to me

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  61. Welcome back, Jenny.

    Me? Home. It’s just my favourite place to be.

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  62. Undulate, Momentum, Serenity, Allegro, Friday

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    Rebecca Raulerson

    stygian, ennui

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  64. CAPYBARA. Dog sized rodents (currently “on the lam” from the Toronto High Park Zoo).
    Even tho they’re overfed and overgrown rats they just Sound Fun

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  65. Bumble.

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  66. Perturbed. Sibilant. Shimmering. Arboreal.

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  67. Si vous plait! I like the word “please ” in English, but I like it even better in French : )
    Also, I’m so glad that you’re back to writing and this is an excellent first post!

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  68. Whilst. I feel like I should adjust a monocle.

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  69. Wait, how do you pronounce Ethereal, and how Were you pronouncing Ethereal?

    I’m a fan of “colloquial” – used wicha homies, but an uppity as fuck way to describe it

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  70. Affluent ~ because I never will be.

    Tirade – I go on many

    Emollient ~ sounds pretty and IS pretty

    And of course, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

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  71. ostracize, obsequious, zamboni

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  72. This isn’t a word, but to say that I’ve been scared that I’ve lost my words for a long time. I found some words, but there isn’t the joy to them that there were before. So NOW I’m scared that I’ve lost the joy to my words, and that I’ll never have that joy when I have my words again. And I don’t know if anyone understands, or how to fix it, and sometimes it makes things really lonely. (That and I don’t really have any friends. So, you know, there’s that.)

    Effervescent.

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  73. Borborygmi – that rumbling sound your stomach /intestines make.

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  74. I’m glad you brought this up because I’ve been thinking about just this topic lately… Here’s my list: acquiesce, bimini, substantive, surreptitious, obsequious

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  75. Collywobble, the stomach ache you get from eating too much sweet stuff!!

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  76. Cantankerous

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  77. Tidepool. It’s one word and I’m getting IN….

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  78. Epiphany (the concept, not the religious season), luxuriate, equality, equanimity, sufficient.

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    Christine H

    Ladle! Pot lid! Smock!

    Do you know the Girl Guide/Scout campfire song that has the line ‘In the gloaming, draw nearer’ in it? It kind of sounds ominous when I type it out, but I like the song.

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  80. Velociraptor is one of my favs! & i just got my “Feeling Stabby” shirt in the mail & I LOVE it!!! Thanks for being you Jenny!

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  81. My favourite ever and I heard it here from you…douche canoe!!! Sounds like one word when you say it. So I’m going with it.🙂

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  82. Pineapple. Scallywag. Unfurl. (Now I need to figure out how to use them all in one sentence)

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  83. Petrichor (for its meaning: the smell of rain hitting earth). Sidereal. Confabulate.

    (and others already mentioned: bemused, peripatetic, vapid… so many beautiful words!!)

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    Wendy White

    Watermelon – I say it over and over and over again. And pineapple. And asphyxiation. And vex.

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  85. Gubernaculum

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  86. Fierce, nattering, gobsmacked….

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  87. Chuffed, family and obstreperous- the last described the middle one sometimes 😃

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  88. iawn – a Welsh word that can mean “truly, true, right, very” and so on – very useful word and fun to say.

    hiraeth – one of my favorite words of all time, slips beautifully off the tongue like a sigh of longing – and it means longing. The longing you might do for something you have only dreamed of.

    high-hearted – an adjective – used most memorably by Tolkien to describe Eowyn.

    ephemeral – fleeting, short-lived, impermanent.

    quotidian – every day, common – but doesn’t sound it.

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  89. Splendid. It’s such a good word.

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  90. Lilliputian. Gawd. I wish I could work it into every conversation. If Lilly Pewshun was a designer, I would wear her shit every day.

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  91. Zither
    Wasps (the sps sound makes me smile every time)

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  92. Sparkle. Gollywampus. Clusterfuck. Tomfoolery. Gobsmacked.

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  93. Faith, Grace, Jesus, Calliope, Butter, Snowfall, Leaf

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  94. Plethora. Cacophony. And turdburgler.

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  95. Chicken, monkey, pumpkin, munchkin – I love that swallowed k sound, it’s like I get to keep a bit of the word inside me when I say it. My favourite word to write is aluminium, you can just write the a and then go on for ever and ever.
    I like saying sociopathy and psychopathy. I just learnt how to say paradigm (who knew that was a silent g huh?) I still don’t really know what it means though, but that’s ok. I like names that start with the letter J. I like the word onomatopoeic, and I like nouns that are onomatopoeic, not adjectives but nouns really do it for me: rushes, clock, whip, locomotive…
    Ugh, words are just the best

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  96. Tatterdemalion, which is a synonym for another fabulous word: ragamuffin. (A person who looks shabby or dressed in rags; often used to describe orphans, etc. back in the day.)

    Also petrichor — the smell of rain, and it literally means stone + gods’ blood.

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  97. Paraphernalia.

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  98. Obsequious. It just sounds oily. Always makes me think of David Bamber’s performance as Mr. Collins.

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  99. “Whimsy”. It just makes me smile to say it.

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  100. Lovely

    Solvency

    Diphtheria

    Mock

    Aura

    Laxidaisical

    Cumbersome

    Gossamer

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  101. Schadenfreude: pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. Not something I generally practice, but it seems so many people do and every time I see it I revel in thinking the word to myself.

    Also, revel.

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  102. Melodious. Marksmanship. Implausible.

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  103. Clarity

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    Anonymous

    Susurrus / susurration —whispering, murmuring or rustling

    Petrichor — the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dried earth

    Shelter — (this one is just close to my heart for many reasons)

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    Not Supermom

    Well, I’m gonna be that person!

    Fuck.

    It’s a good word, concise, pointed, strong. Can emote so many different ways. It’s my favorite.

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  106. A-hole brings me joy.

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    Heather Crewson-Lessells

    Illustrious. Meandering. Eccentric. Gossamer.

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  108. Recalcitrant – My husband called me recalcitrant and I told him to stop making up words. It’s been in almost every book I’ve read since….

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  109. Cockwomble – my current insult of choice and funnily enough many people are one. Petrichor -slightly more grown up – the earthy smell after rain falls on dry soil. Shit biscuits (two words but I’m sure you’ll forgive me) – I blame Deadpool.

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    nosandwiches

    languish.

    Your laying down,….and your’re feeling sort of squishy,, because you are decaying ever so slowly

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  111. Kerfuffle, argy-bargy, bumbershoot, purfle, verdant, shall, shalln’t, ’tis, tisn’t, merf (not sure it is a proper word, but it’s one of those you can say and make into a sound at the same time.)

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  112. Beloit. It’s a city in Illinois. But it sounds like someone dropped a quarter in a toilet.

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  113. Whimsy. When I’m depressed or cycling I miss my whimsy. It sounds just like what it is.

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  114. I have a whole wall for my favorite words! As soon as I decide which wall will be the Wall of Words. Also, I worry that I will have to make tough choices if the Wall isn’t big enough to hold all the awesome words. Will I have to eradicate one word to put a new favorite word on the Wall?

    AND…..I hope you will soon squint your eyes at the brightness when you fully emerge from your dark place.

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  115. Raxacoricofallapatorious. Also, Clom.

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  116. Schadenfreude, delicious. Even when you’re saying you’re not at your best, you’re much better at writing than most people. Always glad to read anything you have to say!

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  117. Fruition.

    It makes me happy when someone uses it organically and correctly in normal conversation.

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  118. Vespertine. Crepuscular. Murk. I like all the nightfall words.

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  119. I meant the word A-hole brings joy not all A-holes or my own.

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    Jaye Richardson

    sphygmomanometer – the blood pressure cuff at the doctor’s office…It just sounds so Sciency! Spellcheck just said Sciency is not a word…when is Microsoft going to upgrade their spellcheck to understand “you know what I mean” words!!!!

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  121. Your words make perfect sense, Jenny, and as always, they’re beautiful. My depression also steals my words from me when it gets very bad, so your metaphor… well, it sings true.🙂

    As for words, I’ve seen defenestration mentioned already, and that’s a classic. I also like anemone. Like sea anemones, the little stinging critters that live in the ocean. I don’t know why, but it’s just satisfying to say. Anemone~

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    Anonymous

    Omphaloskepsis – the piercing or mutilation of the belly button. Great word, weird meaning.

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  123. Crepuscular. Smock. Mellifluous.

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  124. Thing-e-ma-bob
    Cat-e-whomp-us
    Slither – it sound like what it looks like – I LOVE words like that
    Unctuous
    Serendipity
    Voluptuous
    Superfluous – just the idea makes me go ahhhh
    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

    And these are just a few of my favorite things…. (OH great – now I am singing Doe a deer a female deer, Ray a drop of golden sun) Your welcome – I know you love me.

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  125. Booger.

    Because it never fails to make me giggle. I am a 47-year-old juvenile.

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    Anonymous

    Touque, because i’m Canadian and it’s super fun to repeat in a singsong voice, borscht, unwittingly, swill, fuuuuuuuuck, bannock, subliminal, limen, supernova, bifurcated, finagle, essense, and torque

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    Anonymous

    Hapless. I’m not sure what hap is but I often feel I’m missing it. Herbivory. Maelstrom. Quintessence

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    Anonymous

    Sneedlebarp: a skinny, long bodied, fuzzy creature that burps and farts.

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  129. OH VEXING…..

    This is fun!

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  130. 136
    Anonymous

    nonplussed. The definition my brain has for this word shifts daily.

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  131. Inevitable. It just tumbles out of your mouth.

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  132. 138
    joshuamneff

    I love a lot of the same words you do. I’ll also add: ghost, phantom, phase, crush, crash, vortex, prism, oceanic, cerulean, chrysalis, viridian, alabaster, whisper.

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    Catharine

    willow, Noah, calliope,sesquipedalian,befuddled,cattywampus

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  134. booboisie!

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    Anonymous

    Panache, fuck, asshat, fagoala (Fuh-goal-uh… a word I made up so I could use it as a cuss word when my kids were small… until they started saying it )

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  136. Sneedlebarp, a term used to describe a long bodied furry creature that burps and farts

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  137. Petrichor, Cacophony, velociraptor, smock, illustrious, effervescent, and of course, the F-word. The mother of all words, which you can use as a noun, an adjective, a verb, adverb….

    It’s beautiful, really.

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  138. P.S. As I was working to improve my writing and began word collecting, it suddenly hit me one day: Every word, all by itself, contains a story.

    There are a gazillion stories in this comment section just waiting to be unleashed!

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    Anonymous

    Ominous.

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    tracy Kutch

    umbrage. spectacular. lovely. chiseled. garden.

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  141. lugubrious, because it is meant for things that look or sound sad, but the word sounds silly and feels fun to roll around in your mouth. And when I am depressed, I am still often too silly for people to realize it … though I don’t know how fun I’d be to roll around in one’s mouth. Very, I assume.

    periwinkle, because it is the ultimate calm down word. The color is soothing, and if you are extremely angry, then whisper “periwinkle” softly, slowly, and with a bit of menace, it does a fan-damn-tastic job of relieving stress.

    and finally, “congradudlion” which is absolutely not a real word, but one of the fab mispellings that Cake Wrecks posted one year in a “congratulations, grads” round up. Say it. Congradudlion. CongraDOOOODleeeeeonnnnnnnn. So fun.

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  142. Billabong: an isolated pond left behind after a river changes course.

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  143. Some of my favourite words are puffling, opprobrium, addlepated, bumblebee, verisimilitude, jammy and pop. Can’t wait for the next book but no pressure or anything🙂

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  144. Corny, serendipity, cuticle, thirdly (with an Irish accent, so it sounds like “turdly”), and massive

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    Anonymous

    Sanguine.

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  146. If I don’t have a word that fits I just make one up…of course I can’t think of one right now….but I love all of yours..

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  147. Estivate. Which is what I do every summer.

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    Anonymous

    Bonobos

    I once went a good day just repeating that word in my head. It’s one of those words that literally feels good to say.

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  149. I’ve always loved oubliette – the place you put someone/something to be forgotten

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    Anonymous

    zaftig. which i then adopted as my name as an elf dungeons and dragons when i played eons ago in college.

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  151. 157
    larrymoffitt

    Onomatopoeia is fun because it refers to a word whose pronunciation sounds like the actual sound it makes — like MEOW or BOOM! But that’s not why it’s fun. Onomatopoeia is fun because it sounds like “peeing.” And who doesn’t enjoy saying that. Alabaster is another word. It’s just minerals (gypsum and calcite), but it sounds like a verbal middle finger. When someone cuts you off in traffic, roll down your window and shout “Alabaster!”

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  152. Fave not words: intelligence-ness, over-technologizing, blondecident.

    Felonious.

    Good to have you back in the neighborhood of wordness.

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    Anonymous

    Verklempt. As in, your post has made me verklempt. That’said a good thing.

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  154. Booboise. Fisticuffs. Calaboose. Shenanigans. Assclown. Bombastic.
    I’m also coming back into myself right now, after about seven months of depression, apathy, high stress, low motivation, high guilt, and low creativity. My broken body also played a role, as did my husband coming down with his own major health problems that I felt obligated to manage full time. It feels good to be back, even if I’m still fighting feelings of guilt about all the business inquiries I completely ignored, all the money I haven’t been making, and the clients who I didn’t provide my best service. I’m trying to be kind to myself and just celebrate that I’m back.

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  155. And just when I’m ready to scream because no one quite understands what I’m feeling down deep inside and can’t quite put into words because words ARE the problem and I haven’t written anything without it feeling like teeth are being drawn… Then here you are, saying it all for me. Thank you. I’m trying to take those first shaky steps back myself and the food poisoning has been an awful long time in going away.

    As for words?

    Gretzy. Kerfluffle. Pierogie. Halupki.

    Oh great googly moogly, my heritage is showing!

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  156. I have to test this now that I’ve fixed it, and yay, it works, so I’m adding more words! I’m quite fond of the words flibbity-gibbet (from the Greer Garson version of Pride & Prejudice), twatwaffle, and fuckery.

    Signed,
    The commenter formerly known as thornfield523

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    PlaidGirl

    flibbertigibbet
    a frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person.

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  158. Haberdashery!

    I just like the sound of that word.

    I sympathize with your inability to write. I’ve been so overwhelmed and stressed lately that the best I could manage was to sit in my writing chair like a sack of old potatoes. I couldn’t even write crap. I needed to back away from the keyboard and recharge.

    Oh, the pain of not writing!

    For me, the trick is to know when it’s a lack of oomph, and when it’s a fear of writing badly. Sometimes it’s perfectionism that’s driving the car. For all ye writers who battle with that demon, I have tips for overcoming it, here: http://ow.ly/5Udu301929s

    Don’t discount the writing you’ve done on your blog, dear one! In spite of your block, you’ve managed to eek out words regularly, that readers have eagerly lapped up.

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    tracy Kutch

    two more : fantabulous and snurkle (not a real word, yet)

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    Anonymous

    Usurp.

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  161. I like sesquipedalian. It’s a long word that means long word.
    I’m also fond of codswallop, poppycock, and balderdash.

    And fuck. I love that word. It’s so useful.

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  162. 168
    Anonymous

    So glad you’re back.

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  163. I am right in this same place right now. I spent a month in bed and another month since then trying to pull myself out of it. But progress is progress and every day that I spend one more minute among real people and not hiding away is a good day. Thank you for your words – all of them! They help me put the strange moods and emotions together with concrete thoughts. Words help and I’m so glad you are getting yours back!

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    Loquacious. Ennui. Plinth. And thank you for petrichor. I always learn things here.

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    Anonymous

    Canoodling.

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  166. Crepitation. It’s a bit of an onomatopoeia (another good word) when I think of dry snow crepitating beneath the weight of winter soles.

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  167. Shenanigans
    Hullabaloo
    Flibbertygibbet
    Fall
    Lovely
    Indigo
    Rapscallion
    Chiarascuro
    Zanzibar
    Kerfuffle

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  168. Calliope: fun to say, and mispronounced it’s calli-ope which is also fun to say, double bonus!
    vehicle: just say it: veHicle veHicle Mr Rogers pointed this one out to me years ago and I have to say, I agree with the king of sweaters and tennis shoes

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    Anonymous

    Conspicuity – refers to how easily seen something is

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  170. 176
    SailAweigh

    pixelated – the way my mother (born in 1923, so this is a very old usage) used it meant “to be slightly tipsy”, not the tiny fuzzy pixels you get on your TV when the cable goes out or they’re blurring out someone’s bits and bobs
    perambulation – to walk or stroll about
    nalga – Spanish for buttocks, my roommate used to say I had a shapely nalga, always cheered me up
    Gemütlichkeit – German word that describes a space or state of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer; considered untranslatable and covers a lot of territory, more of a feeling than a noun

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  171. Smarmy… Bamboozle…

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  172. Magnanimous, omnipotent, shyster.

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  173. I also have 3 boys – some our favs are wenis, sphincter, and for some readon dougong.

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  174. Oh. And eviscerate.

    My old happy place wasn’t a very good time for the things that pissed me off. Still mad I could never fully visualize the texture of getting stabby on gravity.

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    randis1003

    Oh Jenny – have you heard the song “In the Gloaming” by Jonatha Brooke? I hope you love it as much as i do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjMhypsYXE
    Also synchronicity, twangdillo, and Beowolf. And of course embiggen always makes me smile.

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  176. Here are just a few of my favorites: Obstreporous. Recalcitrant. Persnickety. Perspicacious. Brilliant. Penchant. Cattywhompus.
    I learned most of my Really Good Words from my grandmother, who loved her some fifty-cent words. I’ll never forget her telling me that I was not allowed to feed my chicken bones to the dog, because “they will perforate her gut”. I was FIVE and I could figure out what that meant. Gods, I miss her.
    (There are two words on this green earth that I absolutely cannot stand, to say or to hear. “Honkytonk” and “nipple”. Gahhhhhh.)

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  177. Gruntle. It’s a perfectly good word (meaning “to make happy”) that we totally neglect in favour of its negative. I don’t know when we stopped talked about people being gruntled and started focusing on the disgruntled, but clearly that needs to change.

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    XStacy Design

    Funky (Do i FEEL it, feel bad or have the Fun KEY?)
    stacky (because it’s been my nom de plume ever since the librarian misspelled my name on my first library card – age 6 – and really funny when you’re blossom into a DD)
    PEACE (well because it means so many things – pie/peas/see ya later and let’s make up)

    PS: Your words were just hiding – they like to play games to:) YOU’RE IT JENNY!

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  179. Serendipity — sounds pretty and means good fortune. What could be better?

    Ethereal

    Ineffable — because Douglas Adams once wrote, “Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable, let’s prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

    Uvula

    Ululation

    Hagiography

    Limn

    Wanderlust

    Portmanteau

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  180. Ramble, sussurus, brilliant, tawdry, delicious, blue

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  181. I’ve always loved the word “oxymoron” because it’s super fun to say. Oh, and “asshat”, that’s a fun one too.

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    Justine James

    Diaspora (because I never knew how to say it until recently). Catastrophe (because how could something bad sound so beautiful?). Clutter. And passeggiata, the Italian tradition of taking a walk at sunset to see and be seen before having a snack and cocktail. My husband loves “bedroom” and “fusillade,” a relentless violent unleashing. Wow. I promise those are unrelated.

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  183. Hirple – limp
    Fucknuttery

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  184. Snack
    Wallow

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  185. I hope this does not come off the wrong way, but I wanted to chime in and say that even though you may have had writers’ block, you haven’t been… totally blocked. You’re just… partially clogged, not… completely stopped up. You just need a little mental Draino! I’m sorry, that analogy got away from me. I just mean that even though you are struggling with your other projects, you still have produced some beautiful writing, on this blog, within the past year. You words were never gone; they just slowed down a bit.

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    Anonymous

    Manana (means “tomorrow” in Spanish, but I just like how it sounds…maan yaaaa naaa) and tumpt (as in “she cried after her wine glass tumpt over”)

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  187. Foible. Defenestration. Maladroit. And I struggled with my writing the last year too. Just came up with my first new idea in ages that makes me want to smile when I think about sitting down to write it. Hang in there.

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  188. Aw, my name is one of your favourite words.🙂 Some of my favourite words are ineffable, tenuous, enliven, and evanescent.

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  189. I was trying to think of a word, but it’s hard because I’m native German, and I can’t come up with something in English at the moment.
    So I asked my 13-year old son what his favourite word is.
    “Slather!” he said without hesitation. I wondered why, and sunscreen slathering came to my mind. I asked him why it’s his favourite word, and he responded because it reminds him of slathering stuff on food. Then his eyes lit up, and he said,
    “Food. Food is my favourite word, actually.” Leave it to a preteen boy not to think of food for one minute.

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    Anonymous

    Mmm… so many! Whisper, zither, petrichor, tsundoku (though, that more for the meaning than the sound), cattywampus, albondigas, verdant, rasp, hum … hummmmmm🙂

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  191. For their sound:
    fünf (the word “five” in German. It sounds like a pillow fight in progress); spelunk; fluffy; twang; high-falootin’.
    For their meaning:
    shambolic (chaotic; in a shambles); atavistic (high-falootin’ way of saying “throw-back.”)(I once used it in a sentence and the fellow I was talking to (who I had a crush on) looked at me in surprise and admiration, exclaiming, “Tish! You spoke French!” That might be part of why I like it, to be honest); coprolite (fossilized doo-doo. Seriously. I think what I like best is that there is actually a word for that).
    For their construction:
    facetious, because it uses all the vowels in alphabetical order; apron, because it used to be “napron” back before we could write, and the “n” moved over to the article, transforming “a napron” to “an apron.” I am also tickled by any palindrome I run across: bob, madam, deified…
    And the phrase “Boy, howdy!” just because.

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  192. Synchronicity. It makes me happy. Because when I am where you just were, in the dark– it always finds me.

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    Anonymous

    Reciprocity ❤️

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  194. symbiosis. discombobulated. exhilerating. atmosphere.

    so good to have you back!❤

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  195. Agapantha. Agapanthaaaaaaaaaaa. The word and the pretty purple flowers make me happy.

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  196. “Lesprittdelescalier” would be a fun word for spelling bees….

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  197. Poltergeist. Abalone. Merkin. Because.

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  198. I know that fear of the words not coming back. Glad to hear they’re trickling in again.

    I’m half asleep right now and can’t remember all of my favourites so I offer a selection of those closest to hand (brain):

    Miscellaneous
    Simultaneously
    Petrichor
    Murmuring
    Truffle
    Breathe
    Soft

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  199. Salpingoophorectomy, cattywhompas, pusillanimous

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    Gribble Girl

    Baffled – used all the time
    Petrichor – I love the scent of rain on dry earth after warm days, and I love the word for it too
    Pluviophile – I am a lover of rain
    Marvellous – my friends
    Bugger – the best swear word ever

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    Lisa Burns

    Ambiguous, archipelago and flabbergasted (so fun to say)

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    Melinda T

    Rambunctious. Shenanigans!

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  203. gumption

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    Kateality

    Superfluous. Fenno-scandian. Inauspicious. Fern. Antigonish (a place in Nova Scotia). Loamy. Tuckamore. Frabjous.

    Also, there is a street in my hometown called Chuckley Pear Place, and I have always wanted to live there; it sounds so cheery!

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    susan2clarke

    Bungalow. Pudding.

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  206. @Elisa: Agapantha, yessss! A beautiiful big cat that doubles as an excellent cast-iron cooking range.

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    Maggi Oswald

    Pixilated. I love this word. And approps of the word cellar; when I lived in Chile, students from the English college asked none English speaking people a series of words in English. The least favoritevword was Butterfly. The best sounding word was Cellar door.

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    Anonymous

    Murmuring

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  209. 215
    Amanda hanrahan

    Verklumpt, olecronon(elbow)calcaneus(heel)flange, puggle(a baby echidna and Platypus)

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    Anonymous

    Booger

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  211. This post is like porn for bibliophiles. I’ll be in my bunk😉

    But I’ll add a couple of my favorites too:

    *moist (because most people hate it and I’m contrary like that)

    *Petrichor: the smell of rain on dry soil

    *most of the words from “The Jabberwocky”: brillig, slivy, toves, beemish, mimsy, gimble

    *my favorite sentence comes from the opening line of a book told to us by my junior high English teacher: “The towers of Babel aspired above the morning mist.” I love that iteration of “aspire” and it’s stuck with me two decades later.

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  212. Well I’m glad yer back ma’am. I myself hate it when the ole thinkin’ box gets clogged up with cobwebs.

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  213. Backpfeifengesicht. A German word which means ‘a face crying out to be slapped’. We need more words like this.
    Kerfuffle. So much fun to say and lightens the mood when you’re truly in a kerfuffle.
    This one time I asked my Chinese friend if I had gotten a Chinese word right and he told me that his rule of thumb was just to mash syllables together and it would most likely be an Asian word.
    Also fuck. Short. Simple. To the point. Says a thousand words at once.

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  214. Kerfuffle. As in “all of a….”
    Describes my brain most days!

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    Cara Krzyzanowski

    Desirous (thanks to Jack Tripper on Three’s Company), Not sure if it’s a word, but it’s a favorite. PLETHORA, seriously, truly, salty, axe. The next time someone needs to axe me a question, I’m going to axe their head off. And SHITBALLS. That’s not really a word, but I use it all the time.

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  216. Catawampus, Lake Titicaca, Pianist, Flauta, Kummerspeck (grief bacon), and my personal favorite (because I use it a LOT), cabrón… which in Spanish can translate to anything from a goat to dumbass.

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  217. Welcome back! Nice words you have there.🙂 I did a whole A-Z series on favourite words, like castigate, draconian, facetious, garrulous, neanderthal, obdurate, quagmire, etc.

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  218. Calliope, cacophony, treble, cadence, philanthropy

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  219. First off, thank you for Phosphenes. I’ve played with those my entire 45 years and not known they had a name. Second: Plethora. Slightly nerdy and indulgent.

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    Shenanigans and shenanigator

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  221. I like to say Rachmaninoff, and I like “gobsmacked”.

    I’ve also had the song “Roamin’ in the Gloamin'” stuck in my head since I read this…

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  222. Cleave – because it means both to split or sever something as well as to join something together. It literally is the opposite of itself.

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  223. The first ones are French
    Pantoufle – slipper
    Ananas – pineapple

    But I also love
    Ubiquitous
    Serendipity
    Fluffy

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    Anonymous

    Dirigible, rhododendron, perambulate…

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    Anonymous

    Shrubbery

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  226. 232
    Anonymous

    Epitome. Segue. Tickety-boo. Asinine. These are a few of my favourite words. Because they are extremely fun to say.

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  227. Kerfuffle. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

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    Rhona Scoville

    Serendipity. Lilac. Arboreal.

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  229. Fetid

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  230. 236
    Julanne Lorimor

    Bitch. It’s a very powerful word for me. It means a strong girl, woman or mommy. Bitches make the world go round.

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  231. Adjagas – Sami word that describes the mind in the moment between sleep and waking.

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  232. Audacious, I just love it!

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  233. Yield – don’t know why but I love that word 😜

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  234. solpisism

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    DiannaMoon

    Unique, Obscurity, Ridiculous…Phantasmagoric Splendor…Fancy…:)

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  236. *solipsism

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    Anonymous

    Purrito (cat wrapped up in blanket like a burrito)

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  238. Oh! And pamplemousse is pretty awesome, too. I think it’s French for grapefruit.

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  239. Peduncle. (Puh-dunkel) Because it sounds epically insulting in a smart way and you could probably get away with using it in wildly inappropriate ways in conversation. But it’s an actual word that refers to the muscle between the dorsal fin and tail of a whale (and some other stuff).

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  240. Petrichor. Amethyst. Prolixity. Hoyden. Solicitous.

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  241. cromulent. as in embiggen is a perfectly cromulent word.
    also: embiggen

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  242. I like phrases. “I didn’t like it. I slang it forth” “She threw up her hands in reckless abandon”.

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  243. Velociraptor is one of mine too!!

    Effervescent (People used to describe me as such when I was younger. Then age, anxiety, depression and chronic pain kicked in). Lunar. Bibliophile. Snapdragon. Puppy and kitten (for obvious reasons). Challah (because it’s so damn good). Brie (favorite cheese and just an all around great word. Almost named a dog this). Tidal. Downpour. Loquacious (because once I get going, I SO am). Afghan (like the blanket, because I have some nice memories wrapped in them). Musical. Artistic. Vampire (because of Anne Rice, not twilight). Lionine. Vulpine. Gelfling (because Jim
    Henson). Labyrinth. F**k (not very educated I know, but a great word.)

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  244. Tumultuous, Yonder, Anenome and Synonym (acrobatics for your mouth!), and not yet a word but it should be: Schizzlewizzle (fancified version of ‘stuff’). Also, Please.

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  245. English:
    dingus
    wonky
    kaleidoscope
    sensational
    patronus – because i wish i had one

    Arabic:
    zifta – brat
    yullah – let’s go!
    ba’sha – engineer
    habibi – sweetie

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  246. Podunk. Globular. Quixotic

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    Defenestration. It’s a neat sounding word, and I love the fact that a word was made specifically for the act of throwing something out of a window.

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  248. Shenanigans🙂

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    Smuddle Buddy

    Fuck. Smuddle. Unrelationship. Lover. Love. Chawesome. Brinner. Linner. Caboose.

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  250. Gruntled – pleased, satisfied, contented. Opposite of disgruntled. I only discovered this word a few weeks ago….it is now one of my favourites.

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  251. Indefatigable…but I can’t say it.

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  252. Omphaloskepsis – contemplation of one’s navel for mystical purposes
    Borborygmus – the sound of your tummy rumbling

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    Charlee G

    Antigodlin and cattywompus. Which is what I am after spending the day in 90 degree heat. My grandmother used these words (and others) all the time. . 😌

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    Jessica S

    Dendrophilia (what?!)
    Plop (it just has a nice mouth feel)
    Defenestrate (just good clean fun)
    Menagerie (obviously)
    Decimate (mostly because it is constantly misused)

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  255. 261
    Elizabeth

    I like my name too.🙂

    Also, reciprocity, phantasmagoric, cathartic, and treat. Treat makes me think of happy things, like your mom picking you up from school as a surprise and taking you to get ice cream or to the bookstore.

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  256. Sometimes I just wander in my brain, creating dramatic sounding stories that I can actually see as printed, but they never get that far. Gloaming is frequently used. So are quixotic, discombobulated, and hoarfrost. I don’t know while that last one pops into my head.

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    Anonymous

    Onamotopoeia
    Hyperbole
    Superfluous
    Preposterous
    Daft
    Hysteria
    Absurd
    Contrary
    Noncomformist
    Jim

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    loreleisnow

    inhume. which spell check is telling me isn’t a word, but it is.
    opposite of exhume. which, of course, the spell check dictionary knows.
    get it together, spell check!

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  259. Unctuous. Mahogany. Genre.

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  260. 266
    Anonymous

    I’m not realky a word person, though i can appreciate them. I love concepts. Which are hopefully more than a string if words
    Someone brighter than me can explain tge relationship. Like..love.

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  261. I’m a Veterinarian so naturally “gubernaculum” is one of my favorites. Along with “waffles” and my personal favorite on describing something weird is “fucky”. I also like the term “cloacal kiss” (which means bird sex). And I have to agree that the word “velociraptor” is pretty awesome too.

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  262. Flibbertigibbet — it’s just so much fun to say! 😀
    And “dafuq?”, because it’s a polite, non-cursing way of saying WTF.

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  263. Numinocity sensing the energy in a space

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  264. Litigious (not the meaning, just the sound). I’ve always thought it would make a lovely name. “I’d like you to meet my daughter, Litigious.”

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  265. Trebuchet
    Oubliette

    Both french 3 syllable words with dark and dangerous implications. shudder 😁

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    Adrian Jones

    Oblong, susurrant, terpsichorean, liminal, crepuscular, mither.

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  267. Rise.
    Shine.
    Those two words get me through when the dark and uglies are weighing me down.

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  268. Coelacanth. Plucky. Sockdolager.

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  269. Carpe diem- Seize the day
    I tell my students all the time to make every day count if for yourself or someone else.🙂

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  270. Tristan, because it’s my son’s name. Scheherazade, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed. And Demerol, because I just had surgery.

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  271. looks up
    Oooooooo…
    adds “litigious” to the list

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  272. Persnickety. Grace. Suptabaddhakonasana. (a yoga pose. I think it’s really 3 words, but when my yoga instructor says it, it sounds like one, and you got to use the french phrase, so I’m taking the liberty.

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  273. Fuck. It never let’s me down. Happy, sad, excited, scared, hurt. Works for them all.

    I also like whatchamacallit, thingamajig, thingamabob, (holy shit spell check totally had those!), whatchamajigger. Cuntwaffle. Son of a whore. Piddle. Twat.

    Finally, a sentence using the words I had to work to not use.
    Being as how my worshing matching broke I had to go down to thee crick to worsh my clothes.

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  274. Loam, persnickety, modus operandi, malarkey, rumble.

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  275. Based on frequency of usage, “ummmmmm” is my favorite word. But I really loved “foxen” — silly AND logical. How can you beat that.

    Glad you’re doing better.

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    Nutmeg3isme

    Tweeted this, too. Marsupial. It’s fun to say. Marsooooopial. Plus marsupials are amazing animals, so bonus! Other faves: Eglantine. I don’t know why. It just sounds elegantly silly. So does escarole. Penumbra. It’s poetic and mysterious. So is the word. 🙂 Noodle. Because there’s nothing not to love about noodles. And it’s a useful word, too, applicable in so many different ways.

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  277. “Autophagia”, literally eating one’s own body or self-cannibalization, because that’s it feels like is happening to my brain sometimes. Also “soup” is fun to say out loud. Sssooooooouuuuuuuuppp!

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  278. Oh! And hippocampus, because it makes me giggle.

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  279. 286
    Anonymous

    Flibbertigibbet

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  280. Flecainide. It’s a cardiac drug. Great word, Kind of pops off your tongue.

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  281. Dilemma – it means a problem without an easy solution, and it sort of glimmers in my mind

    Labyrinth – a sort of walking path that helps you focus and clear your mind; I like saying it better than saying “maze”

    Deserascanço – a Brazillian(?) word for the quality of being able to improvise solutions as needed, like MacGyver, which is just cool

    Tsurara – Japanese word for icicle; I like the playful way it skip-slides off the tongue

    Snowlight – light reflecting and glowing off of snow (Terry Pratchett put it in one of his books, and it’s also in a story by Lafcadio Hearn. The Japanese is yuki akari, which doesn’t sound as cool

    Llawennyd – Welsh for joy or delight; it sounds good to the ears

    Aventurescence – something to do with jewelry; I just like the way it brings to my mind a sort of sparkling adventure

    Ruby – it’s deeply, beautifully red

    Emerald – same as for ruby except with a note of misty rain forests, somehow

    Meander – wander aimlessly, the word sort of dies the same

    Callipygian – makes me giggle

    Ineffable – sounds like what it is

    Evanescence – it glows off the page and in my mind

    Tierce – old words are so cool

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  282. Flibbertigibbet

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  283. 290
    Anonymous

    Floccinaucinihilipilification. Because after reading it in Heinlein’s Number of the Beast in high school, it took me two years to find a copy of the OED so I could look up the definition: “to judge as worthless”.

    Juxtaposition, azalea, erudite
    I’ll need to second: defenestrate, cerulean, fruition.

    Now I’m going to be remembering cool words all week, wishing I’d written them now.

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  284. 291
    Anonymous

    Stratigically. I pride myself as a former Long Islander to be able to spit that word out. We have a weird accent. Some words just won’t come out right. But I can say that one. And it’s kind of a big important word. I love the sound of it. I use it every chance I get. I’m a Texan these days and avoid words that I can’t spit out right. But I got stratigically. Hope I spelled it right! My tree trimmer even gave me a high 5 as she said she couldn’t say it. HA! Yes,
    I used it on my tree trimmer.

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  285. Haberdashery. That word always takes me back to the little shop of my grandpa, a tailor. My grandma was always busy with the little things, hence and for a long time I never knew they had a name: Haberdashery. Haberdashery. Haberdashery. In Dutch it is even more beautiful: fournituren!

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  286. 293
    Jean Hayes

    Pluviophile – petrichor (which I see is also one of someone else’s favorites) and akimbo.

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  287. I enjoy: debacle, discombobulated, nincompoop, cucamonga, cerulean (smooth-sounding), azure (pretty)… and… ass-monkey (hubby uses this one, not sure why… hmmm…).

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  288. Love your words! I’m going to use them for my writing exercises

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  289. Cinnamon and cassia – both words for spice in the same family, the sibilance adds to the sense of exotic flavors from far off lands and gives off a cinnamony ‘scent memory’ too. Plus I love Cinnamon Carter

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  290. 297
    Anonymous

    Petrichor
    Okonomiyaki
    Waffles
    Skirl
    Lagniappe
    Ken (Do ye ken?)

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  291. Ahhh! I just found out about (and tweeted about) l’esprit de l’escalier this morning, I love that one.❤

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  292. Ass Jacket. That idiot in front of you at the stop sign who is fucking with their phone forever. “Don’t worry about me, Ass Jacket! I will just sit here until you are done playing Candy Crush.”

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  293. Petrichor
    Okonomiyaki
    Waffles
    Skirl
    Lagniappe
    Ken (Do ye ken?)

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  294. I love ‘shenanigans’ – mischief; mostly it;s just for the sound, but I love the idea too.
    Another favorite is ‘defenestration’ –
    the act of throwing a thing or especially a person out of a window;

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  295. Diaphanous, Nefarious, Juxtaposition, Boondoggle, Kibosh, Verisimilitude, Scintillating
    Also not a word but a phrase,I love saying great googly moogly.

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  296. 303
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    Omphaloskepsis

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  297. Quintessential! I used that in a presentation in high school history and the teacher accused me of plagiarizing…But it’s just my favorite word!!

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  298. Simpatico. Epiphany.

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  299. 306
    Anonymous

    Petrichor-the smell that happens when rain first falls.

    Fart- it makes people laugh
    floxinoxinihilipilification – the naming of an action as nothing

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  300. MNEMONIC – a thing we use to remember…

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  301. 308
    Anonymous

    Discombobulated, kerfluffle, and lyckost (luke-ohst). The last one is Swedish and literally means “happy cheese.” It’s used as an expression of happiness or good-natured jealousy, or at least it was 20 years ago when I learned it… Oh, and I also like ЁЖ (yawszh), which is Russian for hedgehog. That was the first word I learned. Very practical.😀

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  302. Shenanigans. Ululate. Sphygmomanometer. So many more, but I’m having a block today!

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  303. Crepuscular
    Onomatopoeia
    Ecstatic – how I feel that you are moving forward again.

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  304. “But it’s better than where I was last week when I couldn’t remember a single melody and my feet went missing. This is a metaphor. Not a great one, but it’s a push that moves the rusty hinges and turns a useless broken wall into an almost door.”
    That makes perfect sense to me. Love your writing!

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  305. 312
    Karyn Doherty

    Fisticuffs. Manubrium. And Berserkus. Which is what m daughter used to call ” the circus” when she was 3.🙂

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  306. Pandoric (adj): A piece of information that you want to know until you know it and then wish you had never learned it. This is a neologism by Mottelz over on HitRECord, submitted for a dictionary challenge. I love the way it sounds, and I love the way it calls up the Pandora’s Box myth and is just perfect.

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  307. Philharmonic has always been one of my favorite words. And husbandry, though I don’t use it as it’s defined. I use it more like this: “Frank is really good at husbandry; he’s been married four times!”

    I love the words you write.

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  308. 315
    sheeby111

    lugubrious – looking or sounding sad and dismal; I think it is a perfect word as it sounds like its meaning….

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  309. Also the hilarity of German!

    English: Hospital Butterfly
    French: Hôpital Papillon
    Spanish: Hospital Mariposa
    German: KRANKENHAUS SCHMETTERLING

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  310. Ululation.

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  311. Butthole, Francisco, fair dinkum, qiviut, Angus, wronger, chupacabra.

    All words that make me smile when I say them out loud.

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  312. Periphery
    Haberdashery
    Perspicacious
    Chesterfield
    Toque
    Poutine (Canadian delicacy of fries with cheese curds and gravy – soooo much yum)
    Eleventymillion
    Chrysanthemum
    Cunt

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  313. Discombobulated

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  314. Foible. It’s fun to say and it just seems more gentle to all of us to say “we all have foibles” than “man, we are really screwed up.” I also love that my family knows it’s my favorite words, because we have talked about favorite words and that’s awesome.

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  315. Tintinnabulation was my 4th grade English teacher’s favorite word. It appeared on many spelling and vocabulary tests that year.

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  316. Snack. I like the sound and I like eating.

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  317. Enjoyable (and thanks for reminding me of gloaming).

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  318. Rectashitilitus – when you are backed up so far your eyeballs turn brown. Full of it. Not an actual word but should be. Thanks to my dad, I learned that one. Also a good insult when you want to insult someone to their face, behind their back.

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  319. Fortitude
    Giggle
    Bubble
    Thrive

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  320. Farallon (islands near San Francisco), Sepulveda (like the way it sounds), misty, adventure, graceful, chime, kitty-corner, euphemism, pffft, exactitude. And many more, but my brain is more interested in chocolate right now🙂

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  321. Brouhaha. I mean, it has “haha” in it. How is that not a happy word?

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  322. Amok. Kumquat.

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  323. I love words too. I wrote a thriller novella once called The Ethereal Darkness. Here’s the poem that goes with that story.
    Saying Goodbye
    The dust covered trail lead to the moonlit field.
    The light bounced off the cars, long forgotten, silent dinosaurs.
    Rusted wrecks, playing silent witness to the night.
    Their hollow eyes stared ahead and he felt them burning into him.
    He touched her face, her eyes still open, blank, facing toward heaven.
    The whippoorwills were calling back and forth through the trees.
    Lightning bugs, blinking out their Morse code, danced about her.
    He left her in that wild place, to sleep. Too late for dreams though,
    much too late for dreams.

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    Kathy Ross

    Grammie. . . Lookit!
    These two together warm my insides until my heart melts.
    ‘Show me, show me my darling. What do I need to see?’

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  325. velocipede
    penguin
    avocado

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  326. 334
    Beth Damiano

    Chartreuse. Enchanting. Brickabrack. Hullabaloo. Taron. Melody. Fort/Fork (repeating both these words in an alternating fashion is calming, I find). Amulet. Petrichor. Elegance. Gloaming (I know you mentioned it, but it’s one of my favourite words). Serendipity. Christmas.

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  327. 335
    AinOakPark

    Well, I can say that my second most favorite F-word is Friday….

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  328. Lugubrious vile and brilliant

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  329. Does anyone have a word for the blooming and swirling that cream does when added to coffee? I feel like there must be one, but I don’t know it.

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  330. Kerfufle

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  331. NUMINOUS! a spiritually mysteriousness feeling…kind of like the heebie jeebies but in a good way.

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  332. Hyperbole: Exaggeration without intent to deceive

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  333. defenestration (and all related conjugations thereof)
    pileated
    susurrus
    undulate

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  334. 342
    Anonymous

    Persnickety, plethora, lingo, discimbulate (d)… I love ampersand, but it’s hard to appropriately fit into conversation.

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  335. I’ve lost ALL other words, now that you’ve introduced me to ‘tintinnabulation.’

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  336. 344
    Anonymous

    That’s supposed to discombobulate, my phone hates me.:/

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  337. homunculus and apoplectic – the two big words my husband brought into our marriage. Now they are littered all over our lives.

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  338. rhabdomancy, n., the use of a divining rod for discovering subterranean water (Granny Clampett had the skill, although I never once heard Jethro call it that. And no, I don’t know a single person who might need to use this in real life, but come on … it’s a really cool word.)

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  339. Kerfuffle. And any of the Yiddish curse words my Jewish friends teach me. They’re all my favorite.

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    Robin Jennifer

    Shenanigans
    Echo and the Bunnymen

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  341. Herculaneum. Eponymous. Palindrome. Roo, moo, goo – like that.

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  342. Spleen, quark, gabardine, ginormous, smock.

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  343. 351
    BM Cappello

    Che palle! (keh PAL-leh)
    Equivalent to “What a pain in the ass!”

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  344. Fidget, fiddlesticks and fiddle-de-dee. Miracle. Tempestuous. Ease. Alackaday. Orange, because it makes whatever word you put next to it brighter, and also it doesn’t rhyme – it’s like a word prime number. Flaunt. Frabjous. Fubsy, which was one of my special nicknames for my darling Marmeee.

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  345. 354
    Anonymous

    Ecstatic!

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  346. I want to know how you mispronounced ethereal. My friends and I used to make entire sentences out of words we mispronounced on purpose.

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  347. Crepuscular – that colour blue you see in the winter, on the snow, at dusk.

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  348. Bafflegab – Confusing or generally unintelligible jargon.
    Collywobbles – Intestinal cramps or a feeling of fear. Perhaps a feeling of fear over intestinal cramps.
    Fugacious – fleeting; transitory
    Snuggery – A snug place or position.

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  349. 358
    The Cheerful Curmudgeon

    Hurtling… a small hurt?

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  350. I have a few! Breakfast, effervescence, iridescent, and… Flatulence.

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  351. 360
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    Perplex
    Pseudonym
    Congruent
    Dollop
    Exaggerate
    Existential
    Dubious
    Contiguous
    Metatarsal (sounds like a dinosaur name)
    Embellish
    Pontificate

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  352. Lovely. Because it sounds that way when I say it – and it makes me smile even if I’m in a crappy mood. Lovely

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  353. Very glad you’re back. Stoic.

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  354. Fuckity-fuck. Makes me laugh.

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  355. Calligraphy, lovely, and befuddled.🙂

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  356. Lexiographic, Polyhymnia, periwinkle, therenody, calliopeia, lackluster, argent, harpischord

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  357. Florid. precarious. reticent.

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  358. 367
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    Waffle. don’t know why just love to say it

    but I know what you mean. I used to write fiction all the time. then I had two strokes 8 years ago and I’m recovered from those, and the one I had two years ago, but I can’t do math in my head anymore (I used to do calculus like some people do crosswords) and I haven’t written anything good or even bad and of a decent length in 8 years and it scares the crap out of me that I never will again, so thanks for this and sorry for the run on sentence

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  359. Balls. Just typing it makes me giggle!

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  360. 369
    Anonymous

    Slyboots

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  361. Caddywhompass: crooked, uneven, broken, ass backwards, & sideways.
    The story of my life.

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  362. Doppelganger, flummoxed, gargoyle, skedaddle, argle-bargle, and any kind of British slang, like putting “bloody” in front of everything, i.e. “I went to bloody work and my bloody tosser boss was being a bloody arsehole so I shouted ‘bollocks’ and told him to bugger off.” I love cussing in British.

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  363. Slyboots

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  364. Found, because being lost sucks.

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  365. 374
    Anonymous

    Hathelas: elvish for “leaf blade”

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  366. Discombobulate.

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  367. Logos. Glad you are feeling better! xoxo

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  368. Obfuscate. Or Enveigle. I work with these 2 all the time….

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  369. Wabi-sabi: finding the beauty in imperfect things. The Japanese have all the good words.

    Hygge from Denmark: It is an all-encompassing word meaning basically the essence of coziness. Like the idea of lighting candles on a dark cold night and snuggling up with cocoa and a book and a blanket. One of my favorite words!

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  370. Hippopotamus. It makes me smile.

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  371. Awkward. Ever since a college professor said it was fun to type “A-W-K-W-A-R-D,” she half-sung like a jingle in a southern accent. It is fun to type.

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  372. 381
    Anonymous

    piccolo, puddle, pounce

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  373. Petrichor- a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather. my favorite word and favorite small all in one.
    Bombastic is another good one

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  374. Ablutophobe: one who fears bathing. (It’s fun to say and if you smile when you say it, the stinkers don’t know they’ve been insulted.)

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  375. concretize, obsequious, borborygmus, acquiesce.

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  376. Taciturn- I never remember what it means but I love the word.

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  377. Compartmentalism
    Duality
    Serendipity
    weird
    epiphany
    ethereal
    rummage
    gin (this one should’ve been listed first, actually)

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  378. mauerbauertraurigkeit – the inexplicable urge to push people away

    liberosis – the desire to care less about things

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  379. Cacophony and ubiquitous. Two of my favorite words, taught to me by my favorite English teacher. And segue, because it doesn’t look anything like it sounds. It’s a trickster word.

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  380. Taciturn – I never remember what it means but it became my favorite word last year.

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  381. Bougainvillea

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  382. Well crap I have some more so I’m posting again: Uroboros, sybaritic, liminal, petrichor, librocubicularist!

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  383. You have such nice words, me on the other notso nice. My most favorite words are fuck, cunt and whore. I especially like them when I am driving. Road rage reigns supreme in my little corner of the world. I adore your writings and your pets!

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  384. Boketto – to stare without purpose.

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  385. catterwonky, segue, coffee

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  386. Ether, fritter, formulaic, clandestine

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  387. Petrichor – the smell that comes with rain hitting hot, dry pavement or soil

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  388. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: the fear of long words.

    Circumlocution: the use of many words to say little.

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  389. Wait, Elizabeth?

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  390. 399
    Anonymous

    Kumquat

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  391. Perspicacious. Illimitable. Hebetude. Slink.
    And velociraptor is one of my favorites, too.

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  392. onomatopoeia, somnambulant (any form), peace, tortitude (extreme cat attitude demonstrated by tortoiseshell cats)

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  393. 402
    Anonymous

    Mesopotamia

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  394. 403
    Janis Turner

    Calliope

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  395. 404
    forest wanderer

    I lost my words years ago when my vindictive ex stole my journals to use against me in a custody battle. I was scared to put any words down anywhere for so long. Thank you for reminding me how much l love them and that they’ve waited for me. You brought me home and I am forever grateful.

    oh and there’s a kind of grass called kikuyu that is just a mouthful of joy! You will be the first to know when I remember the words that I love to write.

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  396. Discombooberated- something my super conservative father used to say in place of the ‘bobulated’ correct pronunciation. It made me laugh every time. Pizerinctum, another made up word that I use when I’ve seen someone fall but don’t know what hurts, as in: “Did you break your pizerinctum? Ouch. That smarts.”

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  397. Jujube, jejune, and mojo, purely for the way they sound!

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  398. 407
    forest wanderer

    to clarify… kikuyu is a joy to say, not to eat, though maybe I’ll try that too; saying it while eating it might be orgasmic or gross, not sure

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  399. 408
    Janis Turner

    PS. I love the name Elizabeth as well. I don’t know why as it sounds like someone too prim and proper for my tastes. It must be the rhythm and sound/order of the syllables.

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  400. Platypus, defenestration, antediluvian. And mystery.

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  401. Quintessence. Serendipity. Sunshine.

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  402. Fortuitous, facetious, smile, awesome

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  403. Discombobulated because it’s one of the few vocab words I remember from high school, it’s often how I feel, and it sounds like bubbles so much more than effervescent which sounds like this hiss of a soda opening.

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  404. Defenestration.

    Both because it is fun to say and because so many people were being thrown out of windows that this word was created specifically to describe that action. I wonder how much alcohol was involved in the creation of this word?

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    Anonymous

    Vermilion.

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  406. 415
    Curiouser & Curiouser

    So I am training someone to write reports today and I had to tell him that “comfortability” is not a word although we both agree it totally should be!!

    How is your comfortability today?
    I don’t have any comfortability at all, can I borrow some?
    Sure! <>

    See? It’s a great word!

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  407. onomatopoeia, triskaidekaphobia, iridescent, tortoisehell, and synecdoche: but only if it’s pronounced sy-ne-ky-ne-do-di-chode-i!

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  408. Lugubrious. Loquacious.

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    Curiouser & Curiouser

    There should be a hug inside the <>! Oops. My comfortability is a little low.

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  410. Also:

    Morose. I imagine a bespectacled little old mouse with a bow tie looking sadly at a piece of cheese in a mousetrap.

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    Anonymous

    Homunculus

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  412. 421
    Anonymous

    I have many, but one I love to say is “anathema.”

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  413. I love that you love Discombobulated! It’s my most favorite. Also Cattywampus and Askew. And Fuckity. Nice to see you again, your post makes perfect sense to me.

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    Scarletnecklace

    Amazeballs

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  415. Kerfuffle: disagreement, fuss, disturbance. Usually British. (I am not making that up. It says that in Merriam Webster.) And tintinnabulation.
    Welcome back.

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    ocularnervosa

    I like my stitious normal, not super. And e-the-real, that word never made sense to me.

    The word I like is hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia which is the fear of long words.

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  417. bioluminescence

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  418. phantasmagorical

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  419. Some of my favorites!
    Refurbish – which originally meant to clean rust off a weapon
    Misoneist – someone who hates new things
    Kerfluffle – a commotion or fuss
    Curmudgeon – bad tempered or surly person
    Crotchety – irritable
    Bungfunger – startle or confuse someone
    Twaddle – trivial or foolish speech or writing
    Boing, Splendid, Mulch, Sproingy, and Twiterpated

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  420. 429
    Anonymous

    Murmur…claggy…snib…schmetterling…I could go on and on…😀

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  421. Melancholy because it’s fun to say. Pulchritudinous because it’s an awful sounding word but means beauty. Ululate. Lalalalalalalalalalalalalllllalalalal

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  422. 431
    Anonymous

    Nothing lasts forever. Oh, wait, the Big Sleep does. Okay, almost nothing lasts forever.
    I remind myself of this often. You remind me of it often.

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  423. I’ve always enjoyed the word Serendipity.

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  424. Sesquipedalian. — polysyllabic, long words. Use it in a sentence — don’t be so sesquipedalian.

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  425. Dirigible.

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  426. 435
    Anonymous

    I stopped taking Cymbalta last May and I’ve had problems with language since I quit. My words won’t come properly. I love
    petrichor, which is the smell before rain, and osmosis. My 4th grade teacher had a poster with Osmosis on it and I’ve always loved the way it sounds. Plus I learned the word by osmosis so it’s meta. Lol
    I love

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  427. Feckful. I am often feckful but rarely feckless.

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  428. Pantoufle (French for slipper), estuary, silhouette.

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  429. susurrus. whispering with a lisp

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  430. Vituperative, expeditiously, eclectic, sublimation

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  431. Brochure….it fills up my mouth

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  432. Estaciennamiento – Spanish for “Parking” – 8 syllables. When I’m in Mexico you see it on signs all the time. I find myself saying it to myself over and over.
    Popocatepetyl (sp.?) A volcano in Mexico. Rolls off your tongue.

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  433. Enigmatic,superlative,ephemeral,and Chimera

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  434. 443
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    gobsmacked, cattywampus

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  435. 444
    Anonymous

    obstreperous, begrudgingly

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  436. Voluptuous. Satin. Primordial.

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  437. Soporific. It’s not at all what it sounds like. I used to teach this to my students every year and then they’d go to math class and tell the math teacher that her class was really soporific. She would say, “thanks kids!” And then they would laugh. I never told them to do that… But they must have hated her as much as I did. Year after year, she never figured it out.

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    PhoenixRize

    Chupacabra!!!!

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  439. Phosphorescent, splendiferous, antidisestablishmentarianism (don’t get to use that one too often) and vernacular are some of my faves!

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  440. My two favorite words: “superfluous” and “waffles”
    (And as an aside, waffles are never superfluous)

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  441. Gelatinous, malevolent, fraught, crackle.

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  442. 451
    Ellen Brandwein

    Silage-the remains of perfume after the wearer has left;

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  443. I love words, wonderful words, that bounce around in your head for days on end until setting up a lovely corner niche where they can flourish and grow into sentences. Some of my personal favorites: undulate, murmuration, sibilance, vapid, innocuous… Oh, I could go on for days, but then I’d miss out on reading all the words others have been posting…

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  444. Watershed. Pixiestix. Fuzzy. Temporarily.

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  445. 454
    Wynterose

    Relevant…..I always mispronounce it as Revelant…..every time….and magician is two words for me: magic can.

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  446. Squalid squeamish squids.

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  447. 457
    Anonymous

    Mnemonic

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  448. How lovely to find out that the concept of petrichor has a word!

    I just looked up jiggery pokery (which just needs a hyphen to make it a word) and am devastated to learn it has such a negative connotation.

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  449. Erudite. It just sounds smart.

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  450. Quaquaversal : directed outwards in all directions. Fun to say. Makes you feel like a duck.

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  451. I like dingleberry, dingdong, and dingaling. (I’m trying not to teach my little niece and nephew swear words so I substitute these fun words.)
    I also like: love, grace, hope, happy, giggly, wiggly, peaceful, and snuggle. I think it’s more what they represent to me though?

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  452. 462
    Anonymous

    Awry

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  453. 463
    Joan Q Horgan

    Debauchery. High school hijinks with boys. But sounding so sophisticated your grandmother might approve (NOT …)

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  454. Off the top of my head/tip of my tongue:
    Marmalade. Doze. Noggin. Rumpus. Willy Nilly. Encapsulate. Verve. Moxie. Frumpy. Vixen. Enervate. Tomfoolery. Pillow slip.
    I also love metaphorical phrases like “cake of soap” and “sleeve of crackers.”

    Coming of a very long depression myself, with a smattering of anxiety, just to keep things totally unpredictable. I’m thankful for colors and flavors and that I can breathe again. Sending you love. Thank you for being so lovely & inviting us to play here in your sandbox. I had a lovely time. 💗

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  455. Coming OUT of. I hope.

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  456. Onomatopoeia and proprioception

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  457. 467
    Kim Jones

    Just discovered this word a few months ago: immanent. Is it imminent to one day be immanent?

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  458. Spectacular. I use it way too much. But it is spectacular.
    Plethora. It sounds so smooth.
    Blythe. Because when in the world would you use that word? It means happy.

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  459. Troglodyte, onamatopoeia and omnipotent, which I mispronounced in my head until I was about 20 when I heard Q from Star Trek say it out loud.

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  460. Apoplectic
    Gallimaufry (means hodge podge, which is a nice pair too)
    Scrofulous
    Cromulent
    Defenestrate
    Burbling

    Do you ever read this far down, Jenny? Hugs and smooches for you if you do!

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  461. 472
    Anonymous

    Pyroclastic flow. Photophore, iambic pentameter. Fuck. Diatomaceous earth.

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  462. Wobbegong – it’s a bottom feeding shark found in northern Australia. It’s believed that the name comes from the Australian Aboriginal word meaning shaggy beard.

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  463. 474
    Anonymous

    Phlebotomist

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  464. Cattywampus. I mean, come on.

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  465. Mellifluous. Nebulous. Neologism. Serene.

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  466. Thwart because it sounds like shooting a spitball. And Iowa because nothing in your mouth touches when you say it and that’s just funny and cool to me!

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  467. Prestidigitation. Oddly enough, I learned the Italian word first, then discovered that it’s a word in English too.

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  468. I just remembered. A friend’s niece mispronounced “flamingo” and it will never leave me:
    Mah-flingo!

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  469. 480
    Anonymous

    Flotsam
    Jetsam
    Gruntled

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  470. Pyroclastic flow,photophore, Iambic pentameter, fuck, diatomaceous earth, creamy, champagne, cest la vive

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  471. 482
    Anonymous

    Anticipatory – the moment my husband realized I am a nerd
    In the gloamng – I hope they hold my funeral during this magical moment in the day

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  472. 483
    Anonymous

    Bubble

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  473. Supercalifraginleisticexpealadocious, even tho I probably slaughtered the spelling. It`s a great word to yell at people.

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  474. 485
    Anonymous

    prescient

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  475. 486
    Anonymous

    Kumquat. It brings out my inner Beavis.

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  476. Gumption. Evanescence. Luminous. Fragile. Fungible. Spark. Alligator.

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  477. Incandescently, convivial, Neuroplasticity (fascinating stuff and fun to say).
    I know I have more but can’t think of any at the moment, so I’ll share two things: One, I learned of the word “gloaming” listening to a CD by The Story. They do a gorgeous song called “In the Gloaming.” A bit sad, but so lovely. Two, here’s Miranda Hart embracing the word clutch:

    Okay, Three. I have three. I love to say this hilarious pronunciation of Brett Favre from the Pronunciation Manual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-kMBF_GvFA

    OMG Four! But I swear this is it: Schadenfreude from the PM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3_DjiLLDfo

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  478. 489
    Kelli Wilson

    Kumquat. It brings out my inner Beavis. Whoever named that fruit was sure as hell higher than a kite that day.

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  479. Smote – like I smote his ruin upon the mountaintop. Love that word. So many uses. Especially good for annoying coworkers.

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  480. Gobsmacked

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  481. 492
    Weelittlenut

    Infinitesimal. So incredibly tiny…but tiny things are often incredibly wonderful.

    Indomitable. Cannot be conquered. Sometimes I think I need this tattooed on my arm so I remember that I am stronger than I think.

    Ingenious. Incredible. Ridiculous. Shadow. Whisper. Miniature. Lilac. Peas. All of these words make me happy.

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  482. Authenticity — having the courage to be honest, be myself, and be true.

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  483. Asinine – I called my now husband this on one of our first few dates, to which he asked, “What does that mean? Are you calling me an asshole is some snooty language?” Bahahaha!

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  484. Crisp. Pumpernickel. Petrichor. Fantastic. Tertiary.

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  485. 496
    Anonymous

    Pavonine. Muliebrity. Steadfast. Daffodil.

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  486. 497
    Anonymous

    Pedunculated. Sorry. Not sorry, I’m a vet tech and I love this word. Welcome back🙂

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  487. Guacamole, tachycardia, cattywampus (I learned that last one at a young age from my grandma).

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  488. Sorry to hear about your writer’s block. Might I humbly suggest my technique? If the writing doesn’t come, FORCE yourself to post three tweets day until you are back.

    All the best
    Bob Blechman

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  489. Darling but only pronounced “Dah-ling”

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  490. Mellifluous. Hornswoggle. Smithereens.

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  491. 502
    Anonymous

    Diaphanous.

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  492. I like undulate – move with a smooth wavelike motion, or ululate – howl or wail as an expression of strong emotion

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  493. Missed you. Welcome back.

    Erudite, petrichor, logophile, virulent, pernicious, octogenarian, coup de foudre (French for love at first sight, means literally: lightening strike), marzipan, Yellowknife, murmur, glockenspiel, humour, juxtaposition. Vernacular.

    This is a fun game.

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  494. GROG.

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  495. Hullabaloo!

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  496. 507
    Gloria Scheeland

    crepuscular. It’s meaning is more beautiful than the word. Which makes the word beautiful. (look it up)(because I am a library lady and you need to look it up for yourself, that’s why).
    creosote. It’s the name of my favorite plant. The plant that smells like rain. And since I live in the desert, it’s the most beautiful smell EVER.

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  497. Mine are brouhaha and nebulous. Brouhaha is fun to say and I think nebulous just sounds beautiful.

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  498. 509
    Anonymous

    A new favorite: Isinglass.

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  499. 510
    Jennifer13

    Awesome list! Love this post. Thank you Jenny!
    Gazebo, Bliss, Parsippany (city in N.J.) love it when people say “Parsi – pannie”

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  500. 511
    Katherine

    gossamer, metamorphosis, travel, awakening, lovely, cozy, celestial, Mommy,caress,twilight, twinkle…

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  501. 512
    Jennifer13

    Oh yeah, all the beautiful bungswaggled words in the book, The BFG, by Roald Dahl!

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  502. 513
    Anonymous

    Oh I love the “gloaming”

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  503. Susurration. Phonetic. Amalgamation. Gauzy. Tempest. Zephyr. Windfall. Rivulet. Cascade. Sheen. Silurian. Luminous. Aurora Borealis.

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  504. 515
    Anonymous

    ‘Spackle’

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  505. Lenticular (len-tick-you-lar) You know those neat pictures that have the lined plastic over the picture so that if you shift your head to the right you see one picture and if you shift your head to the left you see another picture? That’s called a lenticular (noun). I used to have to type this word for work all the time, and my computer would always try to correct it to testicular. So in addition to just loving the sound of this word, it also makes me giggle!

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  506. Palimpsest. Because it’s so mysterious and layered, in how it looks and how it sounds and what it means!

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  507. 518
    Anonymous

    We’ve missed you! Welcome back!

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  508. I have a page in my art journal where I write down all the words I like.
    Rincon, Idelwild, Empanada, Flanges

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  509. Pterodactyl. It’s more fun to spell than say.
    Inamorata: a female sweetheart or lover.
    Insouciant: carefree
    Conflagrate: to catch fire

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  510. Indubitably. Fun to say, write or think. The perfect answer to anything, especially things like, Oh, you woke up this morning. Indubitably, see; It works.🙂

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  511. Plimsoul. I love the word and the band.

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  512. 523
    Wildrider51

    Inexorable (which I learned reading “The Horse & His Boy”)
    Euphoria (which I used to think meant the exact opposite of what it does mean… but it’s still a marvelous word)
    Petrichor (which I learned from Doctor Who, although I understood its meaning immediately, being from the southwest)
    haboob (the Arabian word given to enormous sandstorms which we get regularly here in Arizona – your first time in Tempe we had one!)

    I’ve had writer’s block forever, too, so I sympathize. I can’t feel what you do, but I love you like blazes, so hugs and support from me always!

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  513. “Deadly” is pretty fun and poetic to me. But obviously “Wolf” is one of my favorites.

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  514. Excursion. The way the “s” vibrates off the back of your teeth. And how it can mean a jaunt into the woods or a detour through the tangents of thought.

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  515. Handschuh. It’s the German word for glove.

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  516. 527
    regansbox

    A favorite of a friend because I think you and your fantourage will dig it: formication. The feeling likeants are crawling all over your skin.

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  517. What you said makes perfect sense, and in my opinion, someone in your position has proved their sanity by recognizing and documenting the crazy. The true wackadoodles don’t realize anything is wrong. Here are a few of my words:
    Minuscule- for when I need to emphasize how small I am feeling.
    Funky- Fun to say and I love that it can have both positive and negative connotations.
    Propensity/Proclivity- My own definition is that you are a master (as in not amateur) of being known for a tendency.Now if I could find a way to get paid for it…
    Caffeinated- when used to describe the intensity of something having noting to do with caffeine. Also, high-octane similar situations..
    nostalgia/melancholy- which seem to go together in my head.

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  518. 529
    Anonymous

    Catywampus

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  519. 530
    anonymous

    phantasmagoria

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  520. 531
    Anonymous

    A favorite I learned in nursing school is just fun to say…intermittent clarification. So is micturation

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  521. My favorite ode to fun words:

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  522. Schadenfreude: happiness you get from watching someone else screw up (mean, but funny mean)= the reason people watch those Epic fail videos online.
    Periwinkle
    Baked Alaska

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  523. Someone has probably already said this but I’m obsessed with it: hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, the fear of long words and also a good example of irony. Also crisp, crunch and aghast are some other favorites.

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  524. Washing machine. Say it out loud, it sounds amazing.

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  525. Scoundrel. Maritime. L’esprit de l’escalier (which you know.) Thwart. Dwindle. Sponge.

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  526. Hiraeth: homesick for a place that does not exist.

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  527. Calypso

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  528. Catawampus. Because life is Catawampus.

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  529. Welcome back! There are two French words I love to say: pamplemousse (grapefruit) and grenouille (frog).

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  530. Arse, arsehole.
    Just what it sounds like. That shit burnt comin out of me arse.

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  531. 542
    Anonymous

    So many nice words! Gallumph, as in, the bison went gallumphing across the prairie. Boing!

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  532. Precipice
    I don’t know why I’m drawn to that word.

    Two phrases from structural engineering that are interesting to contemplate out of context are Radius of Gyration and Moment of Inertia.
    Welcome back

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  533. Words… Like songs can begin with
    Do,re,me,fa,so,la,te,do.
    Donation
    Reminence
    Me(to remember yourself)
    Fathom.
    Sugar(Shugar in southern dialect)
    La Te Dah
    Do- not mess with a southern gal

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  534. I like the word Riffraff!
    In fact I just named my stuffed and crocheted raccoon Riffraff! It was made in homage to your book to remind me that my way of thinking is shared and is okay!🙂 thank you! Much love and respect!

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  535. myriad
    transmogrify
    squashy

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  536. Pavo Real. It’s Spanish for Peacock. It means Royal Turkey.

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  537. 548
    Bo Thilkjer Eriksen

    Vanilla. Just the softest word to say….

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  538. 549
    Elizabeth J

    Leisure.

    Luxurious.

    Mommy, because my kids rarely call me that anymore. They’re 10 and 16 and too old for it, apparently.
    I got a little misty eyed when I saw that my name is one of your favorite words.

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  539. Meandering, calliope, and one you won’t like but I love, cephalopods.🐙

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  540. 551
    The Other Brian

    Schadenfreude. Also, Pluviophile – someone who finds joy and peace of mind during a rainy day (or night). Except when you’re camping.

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  541. 552
    msandreaclaire

    My sufficiency has been suffonsified. (I’ve had enough to eat.)

    I went to double check the spelling on suffonsified before I made this post, and learned that apparently this is a Canadian thing.

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  542. Kerfuffle. I like the word kerfuffle.

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  543. “I won you..” says my six year old when she wins a board game. I don’t correct her… I just love hearing her say it that way. So, maybe I didn’t play by the rules in this exercise, but it’s a favorite…. However, to redeem myself I love the word blush.

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  544. “Jabong” means splash in Japanese and sounds about right. Often heard on golf courses. “Bagus” (bag-oose) means good in Bahasa Indonesia and it sounds fun!

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  545. Murmur

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  546. 558
    katiedidtoo

    Teacup. It embodies so much that is good and right with the world.

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  547. Laminex. I know it’s a brand, but it’s so fun to say (it’s the closest thing to having a word roll through your mouth when you say it slowly).

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  548. 560
    Tugboat Annie

    Dollop. It’s just cool. Even if sour cream people stole it.

    And crepitus… because this crazy body has had it happen. And it was freaky weirder than you can imagine. Yep, wake up post surgical feeling like you have Rice Krispies under your skin, f’realz, and it’s not due to surgical drugs.

    Kind of like popping bubble wrap, but so creepy because it’s MY OWN SKIN that is popping without breaking while popping, ya know?? !!!

    Crepitus. Cool to say, freaky to have!

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  549. 561
    Elizabeth McCash

    Tee hee, I made the list of words!

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  550. Flibbertigibbet, ensorcel, haberdashery, exsanguinate, pelisse, mellifluous, nefarious, shenanigans.

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  551. Triboelectrification – an electric charge that develops from friction between certain materials. I learned it when it was a possible reason a NASA rocket launch might be delayed. For a while, there was a group on Facebook called “fans of triboelectrification.”

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  552. Serendipity. And maniacal. I like it if you say it like maniac and the just add the “ul” syllable on. Because to say someone is maniacal pronouncing it the right way makes them sound majestic or something. No room for misinterpretation the way I say it. Also? Catastrophe. Because a catastrophe can’t be that bad if it’s really just a cat ass trophy. Hmm, your words are just beautiful sounding. it seems like I tend to focus on finding words of doom and turning them into a joke so they – and what they convey – aren’t as bad and maybe can’t hurt me as much. Except serendipity. I just love that word. It sort of rolls right off the tongue.

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  553. Eviscerate, tinkle

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  554. vagabond & dynasty.

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  555. Mysticism, cuz it just fun to say.
    And victuals, because it’s pronounced vittles and how random is that?

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  556. Squamous, means scaly, can also be used to describe something that looks like a scale, like squamous cells. One of the best words I learned in biology class. And a new favorite learned from the comments here, petrichor. Also, ichor, the blood of gods or monsters.

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  557. Fisticuffs

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  558. 570
    Jonomanley

    Moist….i know everyone hates it…but it just sounds squishy and good to me

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  559. Winnowing….. Our Words plant the seeds that plant us in the winds of each others stories.

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  560. 572
    Anonymous

    Syzygy

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  561. 573
    Delirium/Delight

    Welcome back sweet genius. Whimsy, Camaraderie, cardigan, zeitgeist, rigor Mortis (wait, what?)
    Zanzibar, hydrangea, Fuck! Xxx

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  562. Ubiquitous, Epitome and Shenanigans.

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  563. druxy (having decayed spots in the heartwood)
    whelve (to bury something deep; to hide)
    tatterdemalion (tattered or delapidated)
    orphic (relating to Orpheus or Orphism)
    aliferous (having wings)
    scripturient (having a consuming passion to write)
    scintilla (a barely visible trace)
    selcouth (unfamiliar, strange, and yet marvellous)
    abditory (a hiding place)
    nyctophilia (a love of darkness or night)
    videnda (things that should be visited or seen)

    meticulously. goggle. pot. miscellany.

    I love words.

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  564. Quintessential

    It is my power word and brings me joy!!!

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  565. I love smooth. And otter. And jumpy. And bookish.

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  566. Bitchhole….just my word from college days that I love to use! My phone will autocorrect to it now!

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  567. 579
    Anonymous

    Melliflouous. Agog. Startling. Curious.

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  568. Surreptitious. Particularly when used in describing something altogether mundane yet something you still want to do slyly – e.g, “surreptitiously munching on a peanut butter sandwich.” That’s from some tax court decision I read in law school – some judges are actually entertaining writers. Even tax ones.

    The last three sentences of your third paragraph in this post make mincemeat of your assertion that you have writer’s block. And reinforce yet again why your writing carries great weight in my life. I’ve been trying for the past three years to make a broken door out of a useless wall. Not with writing…just with my ceaseless, circular, cerebral self sabotage bullshit.

    I know – I think- that I can. We all can. Even if we begin only surreptitiously.

    Thank you for your writing, Jenny. Thank you.

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  569. 581
    Anonymous

    Nefarious.
    Delicious
    Savor
    Malevolent
    I’d say eviscerate, but it’s stolen now, but it’s so sharp I can’t help but love it.
    Also, love this post. Been going through something a bit too similar. Wish I grokked it less actually.
    Dear brain, please stop trying to kill me.
    It’s like my brain has taken me hostage & I have to realize it & be the hostage negotiator & then other parts of my brain are like “we don’t negotiate with terrorists”, meanwhile I have to hope that the part that wants to killme didn’t trigger something horrible, and the parts that want me to live have the energy to give a fuck. Exhausting. All while being sensory overloaded because I dared to try &-take a walk like a normal person so now I’m hiding under my covers too afraid to go get food & my body hurts from having to resort to emergency food with HFCS. Agoraphobia, corn allergies & depression are the gifts that keep on giving.

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  570. 582
    September

    Nefarious.
    Delicious
    Savor
    Malevolent
    Delightful
    I’d say eviscerate, but it’s stolen now, but it’s so sharp I can’t help but love it.
    Also, love this post. Been going through something a bit too similar. Wish I grokked it less actually.
    Dear brain, please stop trying to kill me.
    It’s like my brain has taken me hostage & I have to realize it & be the hostage negotiator & then other parts of my brain are like “we don’t negotiate with terrorists”, meanwhile I have to hope that the part that wants to killme didn’t trigger something horrible, and the parts that want me to live have the energy to give a fuck. Exhausting. All while being sensory overloaded because I dared to try &-take a walk like a normal person so now I’m hiding under my covers too afraid to go get food & my body hurts from having to resort to emergency food with HFCS. Agoraphobia, corn allergies & depression are the gifts that keep on giving.

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  571. Gobsmacked

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  572. Twatwaffle.
    Repent.
    Bitchcakes.
    Snout.

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  573. Ha, I was just telling my Kid the other night about ‘the gloaming’, it’s my favorite word/time/space/alternate dimension.
    Also, amalgamation and widdershins and calliope.

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  574. Magic. It’s what I tell my son when I don’t know how something works. The word saves me every time.

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  575. zeitgeist and schadenfreude

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  576. Welcome back. You are worth the wait.

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  577. 589
    Anonymous

    Cupboard, Wanderlust

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  578. Wanderlust

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  579. Fernweh, Snarky, Facitious (the last two I always tell my husband he is being/acting this way)

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  580. Byzantium.

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  581. Melancholy, aliquot, coonhound (best said with an exaggerated Southern accent)

    The handbell choir I played in was called the Tintinabulators.

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  582. 594
    Ann Marie

    Pear-shaped, entropy, Solzhenitsyn, Dostoevsky, persnickety, flabbergasted, mishegaas, tuckus, schlock, putz, stabby, synergistic, synergy, sophomoric, solipsistic, crap, doodle

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  583. 595
    Anonymous

    Kerfuffle. A nice way of saying shitshow.

    Ujeni (oo-Jenny). A Chichewa word (a Bantu language from Malawi/Zambia) that means stuff, whatever, things, that word you use when you can’t think of the word you want. Super useful.

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  584. Ferroequinology. I love it for the layers of etymology necessary to figure out what it means. Plus it’s fun to say.

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  585. 597
    Anonymous

    Please write a book with the characters Elizabeth Catastrophe and Grace Kindling.

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  586. 598
    Anonymous

    Hang in there, sweetie. As one with the same battles, I appreciate your struggles. Just know that your honesty makes this a whole lot better for me to deal with.

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  587. My two all time favorites…bramble and rhombus. They are simply fun to say. Then there’s fuck. So fitting and very versatile in all its forms and tenses.

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  588. 600
    Anonymous

    Dodecahedron because I can pronounce it on the first try and most of my friends can’t. ..makes me feel pompously smart.

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  589. 601
    RedCher62

    Right now I am copacetic but often I am just plain ol’ peachy keen.

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  590. 602
    Elizabeth

    Recombobulated.

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  591. 603
    Anonymous

    senescence, fugacity, deliquesce, bountiful, allusory, obsequious

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  592. Tidbit.

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  593. Sussurus (it makes me think of Terry Pratchett, so it’s also a sad word now), Diaphanous. Effervescent. I’m in Slytherin, so my favorite words all sound like Parseltongue.

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  594. Serendipity. Ephemeral. Gossamer.

    ……also douchecanoe and twatwaffle.

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  595. Spleen (because it’s fun to say), chartreuse, pulchritudinous, ambulate, quetzalcoatl, etc. I could go on and on, I love fancy sounding/hard to pronounce words. These are a few of my favorites.

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  596. Spleen!! (I love it so much I adopted it on Wordnik.) Broom (using one is boring, riding one would be cool, it can sound ominous when said out loud).

    I lost my words for almost 10 years after my youngest daughter died. I found art. I kept singing. The singing and the art saved me. When my oldest daughter died, I didn’t lose my words. A lot of them were ugly and mean and even vicious. But that’s how I felt about the universe. Still, words and singing saved me. They save me every day because I still need to be saved. Because… well, you know. Depression lies.

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  597. 609
    Anonymous

    Kerfuffle

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  598. Quixotic and serendipity.

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  599. Marvellous

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  600. “Ruminate” is a word I get stuck in my head a lot, and play over and over. I think there’s a joke in there somewhere.

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  601. FECKIN’ – best said with an Irish accent. As in, Ya wee FECKIN’ ejit!

    ….Also, Sheboygan….as in the city in Wisconsin and the makers of brats.
    Sheboygan — it just sounds bouncey and fun!

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  602. 614
    anklebiter

    Schaudenfreude. Avenue Q even made a song about it. If you haven’t heard of them, check it out. Raunchy puppet musical. Saw them this week and it was hilarious (as expected).

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  603. 615
    ocindyocindy

    Summer afternoon (thanks, Henry James). Palomino. Angst. Brillig and mimsy from The Jabberwocky. I think brillig must be like the gloaming – or maybe the corresponding dawn time-place, and mimsy is that waking up feeling.

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  604. 616
    kerryintexas

    Shadenfreude. Love ‘bunglecunt’ from Jenni AKA Sassypants. This is how language grows, Jenni.

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  605. Oh!!! I forgot about Poopersnot, Crotchbuckets!

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  606. One I’ve loved for a long time: Chalcedony
    One I’ve just run into and fallen in love with: Couscoussier

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  607. onomatopoeia
    prestidigitation
    panacea

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  608. 620
    Porphyria

    Boustrophedon and cthonic. Now I have to go back and see if someone else already mentioned these. Also, thanks for the reminder about defenestration.

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  609. 621
    Porphyria

    I almost forgot–abendsonnenschein (just what it sounds like–evening sunshine) and porphyria (disease with symptoms that make you look like a vampire). Thanks for introducing me to petrichor, and special thanks to library lady pointing out the contrast between the sound of crepuscular (which sounds vaguely unwholesome or dirty to me) and its lovely meaning.

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  610. Foible! Minor quirks (or faults).

    Sanguine. I like the sound of it, and I love the dual definitions of peaceful, or bloody.

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  611. 623
    Elizabeth

    Calliope. Penelope. My family laughed when I pronounced the first one wrong, my new friend almost wasn’t my new friend after I tried pronouncing her name. Thanks for liking my name!

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  612. Catastrophist and tump. Pretty sure tump is regionally specific but it means to dump and/or turn something over. One of my favorites🙂

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  613. […] Return from Writers Block […]

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  614. 627
    Anonymous

    tumped (it is a real word in the south.). verity. charlatan. lagniappe. chartreuse. smarmy. swell. melancholia. undulate. shiny.

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  615. 628
    Anonymous

    Rigmarole

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  616. forward. for so many reasons.

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  617. Possibilities. Home. Adventure. Family. These are some of my favorite words.

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  618. Serendipity, dumbsquizzled, onomatopoeia

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  619. 632
    Suzanna Jordan

    Lherzolite

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  620. Ausgezeichnet
    I’ve loved that word ever since I learned it in Grade 9 German. One of it’s meanings is “excellent”, so it’s a great word to use when someone asks you how you are and you are in a great mood.
    “Wie geht es dir?”
    “Ausgezeichnet!”

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  621. Gossamer

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  622. […] every minute of the day. It’s mostly mental illness and also some auto-immune disease … Continue reading → […]

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  623. Groggery (basically, a bar) and collywobbles (goosebumps)

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  624. Peloponnesian

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  625. Felicity

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  626. I am/we are glad you’re back🙂
    I, too, like the words cylindrical and gloaming. I also like: occipital, mesozoic, pterodactyl, f*ck, amorphous….and I’m sure there are more, but that’s what I can think of right now.

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  627. Embolism – beautiful word that rolls around my mouth like a piece of really good chocolate. But it describes a terrible, deadly event. The paradox makes me like it even more. Oh, and Paradox. Fun to say and i love a truly mindboggling paradox. And Mindboggling.

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  628. 641
    eliasson@mymts.net

    How about ‘brothelsome’ ? One of my favourites.

    Sent from my iPhone Eileen Eliasson

    >

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  629. I love your words and I’m glad you’re on the way to feeling better.

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  630. I just might have a fear of phosphenes… because those flashes of light are also a potential indicator that my retina may have detached. Again. Like, the left eye is totally shot and I’ve already had emergency retinal surgery for the right.

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  631. 644
    stephanie bosticksteffanotta

    Ablution. Surreptitious.

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  632. Scrim:A thing that conceals or obscures something e.g.”a thin scrim of fog covered the island”

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  633. 646
    Supercatgrrl

    I love that other people also picked Defenestrate. I learned it in a game of Fictionary in the 8th grade and would tell anyone who bullied me, “I will Defenestrate you!!!” it was far more satisfying then saying “I will throw you out a window!”. I also love the word “Fantastical” which is not a real word, but I had a teacher who said it when we went above and beyond just mere “fantastic” work. It’s like Van Gogh or Mozart or Misha Collins level of Fantastic.

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  634. 647
    lauriebrown54

    Any time I hear or read the word ‘superstitious’ I hear it in Stevie Wonder’s voice.

    My words?

    Numinous. Aglow. Afire. Crystalline. Gracious. Ephemeral. Taffeta (the word itself rustles!) Silver used to be one of my favorite words, until we let the late FIL name one of the cats. He chose ‘Silver’ as the cat’s name, and now the beauty of the word ‘silver’ is rather mangled because of sentences like “Silver goddamn it!” and “Silver! Stop shitting on the carpet!”

    Now, if we’re going to go with ‘most used words’, I’ll have to go with fuck, cuntflaps, and arsenuggets.

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  635. 648
    Jen Marvel

    Obstreperous, pontificate, and epitome, for big words. Lull, buoy, and floozy for short words.

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  636. Roaming in the gloaming
    On the Bonnie banks of Clyde
    Roaming in the gloaming
    With my lassie by my side
    When the sun has gone to rest
    That’s the time that we love best
    Oh it’s lovely roaming in the gloaming
    (an old Scottish song that sticks in my head periodically)

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  637. Cellar Door.

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  638. Fuck is probably my favorite word.

    I also love: Malarky, Sassafras, Zimbabwe, Moon & Knucklehead

    And my son invented a few words over the years. Two of my favorites:
    Kersplunchity – used to refer to spongiform chicken nuggets (spongiform is my made up word)
    Asswhackery – used to refer to politics

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  639. Diesel…my constant companion. Poopala…One that makes me smile because it was what my late husband would call me at certain, special times….not that, get your head out of the gutter, lol! Another favorite….when I emerge from the dark and can see lots of uplifting light, I feel so many things that the best way I found to describe it in one word is FANTABULOUS!

    Hope you are all feeling FANTABULOUS today or at least a day very soon.

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  640. Nosocomial, septuagenarian, sussurus

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  641. DEFENESTRATE: To throw something ((or someONE)) out of a window.

    Cactuses: I know this isn’t right but fuck everyone.

    Botch: It’s close to “bitch”, my favorite swear word, and it’s funny.

    Discombobulated: I can’t even pronounce this one.

    Spaghettification: Heheheheheh.

    Murder: What I’d like to do to some of my worst enemies. I MEAN. It means invite them to a tea party, right??? RIGHT?

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  642. Apoplectic, conflagration.

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  643. Flummox
    Moxie
    Gelatinous
    Effervescent
    Stymied
    Goblin
    🙂

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  644. “Murder of crows” means a group of crows.

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  645. My eldest daughter – after being spoon fed a diet of Roald Dahl from an early age – came up with two tremendous words of her own design. Giumphant, and Horotious.

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  646. percocet (for the sound, not the drug itself although it can be awesome when you need it)

    anadamabread –said as one word, it’s bloody soothing

    tambora. When I was just beginning to speak, mother said this was a word I used to substitute for almost anything. tambora tambora tambora. A friend of mine tells me this means ‘drum” in Italian or Spanish

    ronglily–another childhood comfort word that I still think of now and then.

    nephritis, necrotic, onomatapoeia, and anna maria alberghetti, what a wonderful name to say

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  647. Two things about words (Or a lack thereof):
    #1: My youngest daughter (now 23) suffers from hard to treat depression and schizophrenia. When she’s been in her deepest darkest places she writes the most heart-wrenching poetry. I was hoping she would become a writer – she has the power to reach far with her words; but as we’ve tried different meds and finally found a combination that seems to be working really well for a relatively long time, her access to that place in herself where that writing comes from is absent. Ultimately I’d rather she were healthy, of course, but I do miss those writings. This should also give hope to those suffering, she’s has been through so much in her short years and is in a very good place right now, mentally.

    #2: TIM MINCHIN is really really spectacularly fucking Great! His word play and word choices in his songs are terrific and such fun for any word-aholic. ‘Inflatable You’ has marvelous wordplay.

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  648. luminescent, gossamer, diaphanous, bespoke, beloved, albeit, gusset, duplicitous ( the sound of the word, not the act of being), caterwal, calamity…. i love words…

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  649. Chupacabra and carabiner – both are real words, spellcheck.

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  650. Cacophonous. See also disconcordant.
    Tranquility and twilight (nothing to do with those friggen books, more Zelda).
    Verbose and loquacious (thanks 5 years of latin. Also ebrious and mendacious though they may not be the best characteristics).
    (Admittedly one or both might be misspelled by the time this posts since autocorrect is being a prat (also a goody).

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  651. Defenestrate: To throw someone or something out a window.

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  652. Behanding. Like beheading, but….hands. A prominent feature of Shakespeare’s most popular-at-the-time work. They liked it bloody back then.

    I also like how melodious cacophonous is.

    I have some kind of mysterious neurological thing going on and I have trouble with word access, but only boring ones. Thank God. Who needs the names of people you don’t really like, anyway?

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  653. Also,
    Bombus perplexus
    Mellifluous

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  654. 668
    Anonymous

    Pulchritudinous

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  655. Gubernatorial and frigate for the funny-to-say factor.
    Ephemeral and myriad for beauty.
    Plop for frogginess.

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  656. 670
    Anonymous

    Petrichor. Calypigian. Reimbursement.

    Indomitable.❤

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  657. GLIMMER! I can’t believe I forgot ‘glimmer’ in my first comment. Glimmmmmmerrrrrrrr.

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  658. Serendipity, synergy.

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  659. anaethema, athenaeum,

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  660. 674
    Marjorie J. Birch

    I never heard of the word “petrichor” before. But I know it now!!!
    Gobsmacked. Crepuscular. Lollygag.

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  661. 675
    Purplepenguin

    So glad your words are back. I understand, my daughter is/was an excellent writer, and her words left for a long time. Some have come back, hoping more will.

    One work that had my friends and I in hysterics was “keen”. I mean, we laughed for about 20 minutes! You had to be there, but it is still a funny word to me.

    I love words, long ones, obscure ones, angry ones, loving ones. People today do not have the vocabulary to express exactly what they mean. I wish it weren’t true. The few of us with many expressive words continue to use them and baffle others. It can be fun! LOL

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  662. 676
    Anonymous

    Soporific, onomatopoeia, chandelier, chignon (French pronunciation only), oeuvre (a pattern emerges😅), castanets, ricochet, warble, antediluvian, ombre (American pronunciation only)…

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  663. 677
    Anonymous

    Guilt ferrets. It wascused in a book I recently read and it was so accurate.

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  664. Velociraptor… Love that it made your list. 😊

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  665. Let’s get some Yiddish up in here!
    Shmendrick, a fool
    Shmat e, a ragged garment
    ongepotchket, overly complicated (usually a garment)
    shtum, silent: (keep) shtum

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  666. 680
    Anonymous

    Taxing.

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  667. calliope ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnb7EqfykF4 seriously, this link, right here.

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  668. 682
    Anonymous

    fyrenlustes: Old English word meaning “fiery lust”.

    hooligan, nincompoop, defenestration.

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  669. Pontificate nebulous panacea.

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  670. 684
    BooksInGarden

    Welcome back
    Peace
    Love
    (I do love words): sesquipedalian, cat, kitty, moggy, pussy, kitty, perspicacious, Terry Pratchett, syncope, synecdoche, defenestration, osculating, perspicacity, noisome

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  671. So many good ones here! One I learned in massage school that just makes me smile is crepitus. crep·i·tus
    a grating sound or sensation produced by friction between bone and cartilage or the fractured parts of a bone.

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  672. 686
    BooksInGarden

    And
    spline, clitoris, lambent, isomorphic, paronomasia,sumptuary, peripatetic

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  673. 687
    Anonymous

    Bosky dell – I like to curl up in the bosky dell, away from light and life – but on a blanket – and with a pillow – and a good book.

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  674. I can’t hear “tintinnabulation” without hearing Poe’s Bells poem….

    Bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells….

    And thus endeth all I remember from high school English.

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  675. Onamonapia

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  676. 690
    Anonymous

    Serendipitous

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  677. Tetradydimous. It’s a botanical term, describing the arrangement of stamens in cruciferous plants.

    Christine Galloway

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  678. 692
    Abby Knoblauch

    Darkling. I LOVE the world darkling.

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  679. Crepuscular! And… Ear. It’s just fun to repeat. . Ear, ear, ear!

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  680. 694
    serapion2015

    This song, “On the Amazon,” was on Don McClean’s first album and is a joy to hear if you love words for their own sake:

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  681. Lagom – Swedish word that means “just the right amount”
    Cahoots, waddle, voluptuous.

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  682. 696
    Anonymous

    Alacrity. Plumbago.

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  683. Chimichanga. Discombobulated

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  684. I love how so many people have an opinion on this! As some of my favourite words have already been listed, I’ll give these two a mention – mirth and condone. They’ve always interested me because their meaning appears to contradict how they sound.
    So glad to hear of your progress.

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  685. Defenestration and susurrus are two of my favorites. ♥

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  686. 700
    Susan Anderson

    Comeupins, karma, balivid: beyond livid.

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  687. gezellig, Dutch. I understand it as cosy, warm, with friends/family
    from wiki:
    translated as convivial, cosy, fun, or nice atmosphere, but can also connote belonging, time spent with loved ones, the fact of seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness that gives a warm feeling.

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  688. exacerbated, ooze, lemon, tart, floor, double-barreled, hecedethyltrimethylamonium

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  689. Oh – and there is a Russian word for being really upset – “rastroiyenaya – that translates literally as “she is becoming unbuilt” as if she is a wall is being dismantled brick by brick

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  690. Cookie. I call everyone cookie, because it’s such a happy word.

    I also taste the name Silas, so when I’m bored I say it a lot🙂

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  691. Oooh, all of my favorites have been mentioned! Callipygean, defenestrate, sussurant…serendipitous…has schadenfreude been mentioned? I love that one, too. So fun to say.

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  692. My favorite is discombobulated. My mom’s is spelunking. Both very fun words to say.

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  693. Lepidopterist, numismatic, squamous, Lovecraftian, tentacular, waffling, fricative.

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  694. Osseocarnisanguineocartilaginonnervomedullary. I learned it (I hope I’m remembering it correctly) from my 1970s Guinness Book of World Records, which claimed that it held the record for the world’s longest word that’s not a proper noun, and it’s supposed to be an adjective describing the human body. Enjoy!

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  695. 710
    Anonymous

    Subtle. Clever little b.

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  696. Monsoon. Petrichor. Overture. Omnivore. And “fuck” for its incredible versatility🙂.

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  697. 712
    Anonymous

    Huh – for someone with writer’s block, you sure hae written some pretty stuff. The story about the blind candelabra girl reminded me of what I like best about Patricia McKillip’s writing.

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  698. 713
    Steve the Fan

    Not mine, but my mum’s favourite word is Diadem.

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  699. Catawampus is a fave. And daisy…just a happy word!

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  700. Phenomenon (doot do dee do doot)

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  701. This is a phrase from The Raven, and it rolls off the tongue. “And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain…”

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  702. Buffalo. Say it out loud. Say it quickly. Say it slow. Say it repeatedly. It’s just a fun word to say.

    Buffalo.

    Buffalo, buffalo, buffalo!

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  703. Braw, woodsmoke, ocean, bide, haustier(pet in German) baseball, chocolate, hug,

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  704. sphygmomanometer…. it the gauge that measures blood pressure.

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  705. Mononymous. I love saying it and who doesn’t aspire to it?

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  706. I think I posted yesterday anonymously but I’m not sure. I want to comment again because there are so many words I love. My favourite instagram blog is Dictionary.com. Because I’m not a giant nerd or anything.

    Epitome. Segue. Tickety-boo. Asinine. Conundrum. Facetious. Supercilious. Canoodle.

    All of these are extremely fun to say and not used as often as they should be.

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  707. 722
    Anonymous

    Love this book, Jenny. I already own two hardcover copies, one to keep and one to share. Now I have the Ebook, too. Mental illness runs in my family. It gives me hope to have found something to connect with AND laugh about. Thank you so much! Lyn

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  708. Globular, happenstance, whanaungatanga, rangatiratanga, ineffectual, ascertain, sallacious, monstrosity, and fill!

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  709. 724
    Stephanie S

    Silhouette

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  710. Borborygmi (grumbling tummy),
    and
    Parsimonious (stingy).

    Also, I JUST heard this phrase in Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore, and I can’t stop laughing:
    “Thou mendacious fuck-weasel!”
    So, add Mendacious (lying), and Fuck-weasel (fuck-weasel) to my list.

    Thank you for asking.

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  711. Magnanimous has been my favorite word since high school!

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  712. “I am coming back later to steal everyone else’s for my list.”
    63) Karendipitee

    I’m on it.
    Pretty much every one, I’m going, “OH. YES. THAT one. MEETOO!
    So many great words. Sigh.

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  713. onomatopoeia!

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  714. Also a big fan of the german word “backpfeifengesicht” which translates to “face in need of a fist”

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  715. 730
    Anonymous

    Obnoxious, such a beautiful word to awful people

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  716. Encumbrance – Because one usually sees it as a negative but it can be turned into a positive.

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  717. I love that you made that list! I’ve been keeping a list on my iPhone for years. Whenever I hear a new word I love, or remember an old word that tickles me, I add it to the list.

    Some examples:
    Fug – I can just imagine that smell that you’d describe as a fug. gag
    Ephemeral – Like a ghost with a wispy dress floating down a hall
    Lugubrious – I always imagine a big, sad sack. lol Like a really sad toad. Or a Vogon.
    Insouciant – Some fancy pants dude who is a total douche and doesn’t care about anything.
    Tincture – An awesome potion that will make me thin. lol
    Flounce – How I would love to be able to enter a room!
    Pomposity – This word is a big, fat, Englishman with a monocle and a cigar!🙂

    I must stop!

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  718. Cacophony. Undulate. Sanguine.
    And one I recently made up: Piccolist – one who plays the piccolo.

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  719. OH! Spelunking. One of my all-time faves.

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  720. Pygmy Grotto Tundra Exceedingly – A few of my all time faves

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  721. 736
    Anonymous

    Petunia

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  722. 737
    Anonymous

    Mellifluous.

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  723. Words I like to say out loud – Minutemaid lemonade, Missoula Montana. “I like to drink Minutemaid Lemonade in Missoula Montana.” I LOVE words.

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  724. piratical and machinations

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  725. discombobulated

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  726. I’ve always been a big fan of defenestration – to throw something out a window.

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  727. alliteration, homonym, palindrome, onomatopoeia! Oh sweet mercy…I’m not even an English major; I just love grammar and WORDS!

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  728. I love the German words gemutlich and gemutlichkeit. The first means pleasant, warm, cozy, and familiar, like a warm cup of tea or a soft chair; the second suggests a setting for all of these things, like having that tea in the chair with a fire in the fireplace and rain tapping on the windows. (ga-MOOTlich-kite)

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  729. 744
    Anonymous

    Not the same thing, but I think “Snow Falling on Cedars” is very calming when you whisper it.

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  730. Defenestrate – to throw someone out a window. You know, like they do in bar fights in western movies? Best word ever!

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  731. I second defenestration (would have firsted it but for some reason I couldn’t comment via my phone yesterday). It’s not the word I like so much as the definition. Also, borborygmi.

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  732. nabataean. I know…took many a’s but it’s really not

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  733. It’s a name but if you say it together the word is great,to,say. He is,a,physicist. Michi okakou. All,together please….micheeeokackooo. Great right?

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  734. illiterate: not my favorite word. I just can’t help wondering why the word used to describe the lack of ability to read is so damn long. If you can’t read I suppose the word to describe the condition can be a mile long and it really wouldn’t matter cause you can’t read it….excuse me, I have to go slap myself in the back of the head.

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  735. languid (you have to draw it out when you say it), tranquil, daddy, bayou

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  736. Obsequious. Onomatopoeia. Guess I’m into “O” words today. And I loved this post so much! It inspired me to write something today. And I’m very happy that my name made the lists of words you love🙂

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  737. Murmurer–french for murmur but I prefer whisper—(mure-mure-ray), I love it!

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  738. 753
    Leslie McDaniel

    Malleable

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  739. photosynthesis…love that word

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  740. Serendipity (we even named our dog this!) and gobsmacked. I always think of Phineas and Ferb when I hear it.🙂

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  741. I liked the way people described amounts in Krio. If you just needed a little, you asked for ‘small small’. If you needed a lot, you asked for ‘beaucoup beaucoup’. I’d like to integrate them into my regular usage, even if no one else would grin at them. On a diet but want some mac and cheese and someone asks you how much? “Oh, small small mac and cheese, please.” Over worrying how much mac and cheese you should be eating? “Beaucoup beaucoup mac and cheese for me.”

    It reminded me of a word (which may be a real word but that I thought was a made up word) my family used a lot when I was younger – beaucoodles. I only spell it that way now because it seems like it’s some sort of bastardization of beaucoup. Otherwise, I’d spell it like we say it – boo-koodles. It also means a metric crapton of whatever has been acquired or is present.

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  742. Whenever I think of favorite words, I always think, “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

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  743. Bloggess. Onomatopoeia. Tranquility. Phosphorescence. Fluidity. Dance. Purple. Veronica. Essential. Joy. Peace. Love. Harmony. Life. Excellence. Flibbertigibbet. Twitterpated. Douchecanoe. Dickwhistle. Fuckface. Asshat. Twatjuice.

    I’m so glad your words are back!

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  744. Nomonym. (n.) A food that tastes like another food.

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  745. 762
    Anonymous

    Phantasmagorical

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  746. #28 (Nat) said “Hiraeth: if I’m remembering correctly, this word means a feeling of homesickness for a place or time you cannot go back to or may never have existed. It’s a welsh word with no direct translation in English and I think it’s beautiful.” Sounds like what I remembered “fernweh” (German) meaning, but upon review, I read “a crave for travel; being homesick for a place you’ve never been,” or more simply, wanderlust. I’m going to adopt Hiraeth!

    Komorebi (Japanese) the sunlight filtering through leaves (I like the meaning more than the sound)

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  747. Shenanigans.

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  748. Ecstasy.

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  749. Indubitably. Mesmerize.

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  750. 767
    Anonymous

    Contumacious – It means willfully disobedient.

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  751. Skiddyhootin.

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  752. 769
    Anonymous

    Halcyon.

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  753. Finagle has always been a favorite word of mine.

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  754. Magnamonious – I made it up by mistake. Means sanctimonious and magnanimous, all at once.

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  755. nakify – to disrobe
    nakedity – the state of being disrobed
    secloister = sequester + cloister = alonedness, i.e., peace and quiet
    enhungerated – ready to eat
    exhaustercated – ultra mundo tired
    beautifical – purtty

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  756. This is extremely specific to my education, but my favorite word in the world is heteroskedasticity. If you care to become a stats nerd, you can learn about it here: http://www.statsmakemecry.com/smmctheblog/confusing-stats-terms-explained-heteroscedasticity-heteroske.html I also regularly brag that I can spell polyethylene terephthalate and sodium hexametaphosphate because of my job (my spell check only recognizes 2/4 of those, but I know they’re right). I mostly brag about those because I am FAR from a spelling bee champ, so those are the only national-spelling-bee-worthy terms I can spell off the top of my head (woken from a dead sleep…might be PTSD from working on stuff that involved typing those regularly).

    I read my niece some bedtime stories this weekend, and she selected Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic. That was a good choice (humblebrag, I bought her that). I made a poor choice by going for “Prehistoric.” I have never been so glad that I paid attention in elementary school science AND English so that I could pronounce, or at least convincingly fake my way through, the names of all those dinosaurs. She humored me by giggling along and then telling me “that’s enough stories, I can go to sleep now. Thank you for reading to me.” Heart, melted.

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  757. Tintinnabulation is also a favourite of mine. Learned it first from one of my best teachers ever – Miss Tinston, 4th grade. She saved me and had a love of words that resounded. Also its a wonderful word to say – it reflects its meaning. Anyhow.

    Welcome back to words.

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  758. So many awesome words! Even as I read your post on FB my list started but now I see I never knew how to play the game.
    Unfuckwithable- me, my mom and God willing my daughter
    Room Service
    Open Bar
    Destination wedding – because it means I’m totally off the hook
    Love all of the smart in your posts and even more in your comments.

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  759. Antidisestablishmentarianism. My dad taught it to me when I was twelve. Not a lot of opportunities to use it these days, though I’m sure in these wacky political times, somebody could claim the moniker.

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  760. While I was reading your list of words, something made me visualize them as a whole bunch of different fruits, cut up into a big jar, & jumbled all together. Then I thought, what would go with all those fruits? And I thought, wine, of course! I think this post made me think of word sangria?
    I love words, though they fail me all the time.

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    Mel Lavender

    Spheno-occipital synchondrosis! Not a single word, technically, but it’s so fun to say!
    (it’s the cartilaginous joint between the sphenoid and occipital bones in your skull)

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  762. 780
    Sara in WI

    I also love discombobulated – but the best part is that in the Milwaukee Airport there is a Recombobulation area once you get through security! Seriously! Yet another reason I love Milwaukee.

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  763. smock

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    JB Destiny

    Habituate, eschew, obfuscate, abyss – they sound like music to me

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  765. 783
    Anonymous

    Always been fond of Happenstance and Serendipitously.

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    Stephanie

    Tangible: I discovered this word reading Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time sitting under my teacher’s desk (I was allowed, no worries) in the third grade. It always make me think of the fuzz on a peach or that sensation when you peel an orange and just the tiniest hint of juice sprays you. Twenty-some years later, it’s still one of my favorite words.

    Clishmaclaver- I found this reading the Outlander series. Merriam-Webster tells me it means gossip or idle talk. I just love the way it sounds.

    I love that so many different people love so many different words, each with their own reasons and stories behind them. Keep finding the words!

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  767. Folie à deux is my favorite word. This definition is taken from Wikipedia, because they say it best:
    (French for “madness of two”), or shared psychosis, is a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief and hallucinations are transmitted from one individual to another. Literally, the madness shared by two people. Although the reality of it is probably horrible, it seems incredibly romantic in some way.

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  768. Emblem. Say it. It feels good on your lips.

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  769. Noshing on knishes and gnocchi . . .

    Thanks to all for so many splendid words!

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    maryellen

    Murmur. Kerfuffle. Disheveled. (I love this last one because I pronounced it “de-shelved” for years, because that made sense to me with the definition. I still say it that way in my head.)

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  771. awry….didn’t know how to pronounce it when I saw it in writing until my 30’s but knew how to say it in conversation….no connection made for over 3 decades…..

    spigot….spigot….spigot….a lovely word that my Goddaughter and I both love to say….it is almost onomatopeic.

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  772. Neuroplasticity, synchronicity, splendiforous (is that a real word?), serendipity, saqacious, and a lot more that I can’t think of now.
    Since you like words, you may like a puzzle called “What’s that Word?”, which is a quiz puzzle if the most wonderful kind, and you’re hearing this from a person who doesn’t like puzzles. It’s the bomb. Really. You should take a look at it someday,
    Hugs from a new fan,
    Susi

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  773. Smithereens!

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  774. 792
    Anonymous

    mashugana. It’s just fun to say.

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  775. I’m just resurfacing myself, after a seriously debilitating bout of anxiety/depression. My writer’s block has been coming more than going for the last 4 years, so I whole-heartedly empathize. I’m not lucky enough to have contracts yet, since I still haven’t finished a book to pitch someone to show that I’m any good, but (realizing that) I’ve made a more devoted effort. I still need to stop being so damned wordy all the times and places. That’s getting tedious.

    Ohh! A word I like! Tedious!

    I also like “percolate”, “shenanigans”, “estuary”, and “egregious”. “Thatch” can take a hike; couldn’t really pronounce it well as a kid, and I’ve never forgiven it.

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  776. Discombobulated.

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  777. I like Ethereal too.

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    mostcurious

    I recently used “ethereal” with my daugher and she was delighted by it, and I realized in that moment how much I loved it too.

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  779. Pterodactyl. Crystalline. Humbucker. Ombligo (which is Spanish for ‘belly button’). Existential (usually paired with ‘crisis’, for me). Ephemeral. Verdant. Tintinnabulation is also one of my all-time favorites, as is the poem it came from.

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  780. I LOVE that you and everybody else here has favorite words! I thought I was all alone in that! So here goes: discombobulate, kerfuffle, snickerdoodle (also good as an actual, you know, snickerdoodle), Guam, Yemen, suave, pterodactyl, Tyrannosaurus rex.

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  781. Welcome back! 🙂

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    Anonymous

    The thing I truly LOVE about your writing is your humanness. It’s a beautiful thing.

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  783. plethora topsy-turvy asunder quagmire soliloquy rapscallion hooligan SHENANIGANS

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  784. What a BRILLIANT way to unclog a constipated writer like me. THANK YOU for giving me the inspiration to start with just a WORD, when my brain cannot seem to produce a whole IDEA.

    Thanks.

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  785. Erinaceous – like or relating to a hedgehog.

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  786. Comradery – don’t know if I spelled it right !!!

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  787. Serendipity
    Sumptuous
    Tumultuous
    Trepidation
    Mastication
    Glee
    Euphoria

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  788. Magma! Shellac! (I love to say both of them, with emphasis!)🙂 They just make me smile

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  789. Efficacy – It makes you sounds smart.
    Anti-disestablishmentarianism – Because it is the longest word I know.

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    trishsammer

    I just skimmed this list and thought it said “velocicraptor.” So yay for discovering a new species!

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    Cheryl in Wisconsin

    Mystify

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  792. Svelte.
    Knave.
    Clique. OK, are we pronouncing it “click” or “cleek”? Beats me.
    Bitch. As when he/she says “You’re a bitch” you respond innocently “You say that like it’s a bad thing.”

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  793. Just writing down my favorite sounding words has gotten me writing again. I am glad you’re back, but really you never really left. You were just marinating.

    In my linguanautical attempt to eschew surplussage, I syncopied into a tranche of drippy wallabies. I’ll quintessentially transmogrify just as soon as I get over this muggy discombobulation.

    Also ki no jiyu, which means Tree Freedom.

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  794. Warning. Urban dictionary ruins llves. I posted a pic one day on FB, gorgeous sunset and said my favortitr thing is walking in the gloaming. To which some people inquired what that was. Before I could answer someone gave urban dictionary’s definition. And my life will never be the same😦

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  795. Sternutation: the act, fact, or noise of sneezing. I named a painting that once.

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    lostandforsaken

    Abjure: To solemnly refuse
    Abdicate: Basically the same thing
    Abscond: To leave Hurriedly and Secretley
    Sternklar: A beautiful German word without a close English match. It means it is clear enough to see the stars.
    Wistful: this word has always had a sense of both nostalgia and regret for me.
    Roiling: You can just feel this word as it’s said. It’s not just a crowd, it’s a roiling mass of humanity. It makes it seem dirty, gross, disquieting.
    Disquieting: it’s just a nice one to describe something that makes you feel uneasy
    Lilt: another word you can just sort of feel.
    Regimentals: Uniforms and ornaments
    Ecstasy: this word is really interesting when used in strange, abnormal ways.
    Bight: a bend

    So, there you go. A few of my favorite words.

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  797. Serendipity. Grace. Amorphous. Shenanigans. Porcupine.

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  798. 817
    Anonymous

    bucket, dismal, copernicus, treachery, interval and so many more.

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  799. 818
    Queen Cupcake

    Flummoxed
    Scrofulous

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    Queen Cupcake

    synecdoche
    absquatulate
    snollygoster

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  801. Amalgam, Bucolic, Amok

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  802. I’ve always liked awkward because it’s spelled like it’s meaning.

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  803. Tautology, ameliorate, and onomatopoeia, to name a few…

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  804. petrichor….manchego…..paraprosdokian

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  805. This is a beautiful piece of writing. I love it!

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  806. P.S. One of my favorite words is “mom.”

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  807. Rhinoplasty… Nothing un-funny here.

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  808. Obtuse. It’s my all time favorite word.

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    Anonymous

    chasm and reciprocity

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    tibbyshayyahoocom

    Ah, I can relate! I recently wrote about how my battle with perfection was holding me back from writing. I wove the story into an actual throw-down between myself and this shadowy figure of perfection personified. Oh and I love the word “clairvoyant.”

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