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.

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

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  3. Wonky!

  4. Zamboni

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

  6. Charientism — An insult couched in grace.

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

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

  9. 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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  10. Catastrophic; Cacophony; Kaleidoscope; Scintilla; and Malusdomesticaphobia
    That last one is a “fear of apples”

    Welcome back to the blogosphere!

  11. Don’t forget “liminal.”

  12. Phantasmagoria

  13. Serendipitious

  14. Delightful. Swish. Vague.

  15. Shenanigans!

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

  17. 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.

  18. Saxophone. Daisy.

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

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

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

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

  23. Shenanigans, debacle and discombobulated.

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  24. Plethora

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

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

  27. 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.


  28. 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.

  29. Egregious.

  30. spanghew and cacophony

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

  32. 33
    Jenni (aka Sassypants)

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

  33. Symbiosis

  34. 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.

  35. 36
    Wendy White

    Cockamamie – ridiculous; implausible

  36. 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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  37. Flabbergasted, perfidious, blood, & better

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  38. 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!). 😀

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

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

  41. Braggadocio, tarmac, undulating, cacophony, toast.

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

  42. 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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    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!

  44. 45
    Maureen Travers


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

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

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

  48. 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.

  49. Kumquat. Wombat.

  50. 51
    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.

  51. 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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  52. 53
    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.

  53. 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.

  54. Petrichor- that smell right after it rains.

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

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

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

  58. Defenestrate. It’s so very specific.

  59. Foxen.

  60. Alabaster

  61. Amalgamated. Always loved the sound of it.

  62. 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.

  63. 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

  64. Welcome back, Jenny.

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

  65. Undulate, Momentum, Serenity, Allegro, Friday

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    Rebecca Raulerson

    stygian, ennui

  67. 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

  68. Bumble.

  69. Perturbed. Sibilant. Shimmering. Arboreal.

  70. 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!

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

  72. 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

  73. Affluent ~ because I never will be.

    Tirade – I go on many

    Emollient ~ sounds pretty and IS pretty

    And of course, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

  74. ostracize, obsequious, zamboni

  75. 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.)


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

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

  79. Cantankerous

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

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

  82. 83
    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.

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

  84. 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. 🙂

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

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

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

  87. 88
    Wendy White

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

  88. Gubernaculum

  89. Fierce, nattering, gobsmacked….

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

  91. 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.

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

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

  95. Sparkle. Gollywampus. Clusterfuck. Tomfoolery. Gobsmacked.

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

  97. Plethora. Cacophony. And turdburgler.

  98. Zamboni and gazebo

  99. 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

  100. 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.

  101. Paraphernalia.

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

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

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  104. Lovely








  105. 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.

  106. Melodious. Marksmanship. Implausible.

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  107. Clarity

  108. 109

    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)

  109. 110
    Not Supermom

    Well, I’m gonna be that person!


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

  110. A-hole brings me joy.

  111. 112
    Heather Crewson-Lessells

    Illustrious. Meandering. Eccentric. Gossamer.

  112. 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….

  113. 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.

  114. 115


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

  115. 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.)

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

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

  118. 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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  119. Raxacoricofallapatorious. Also, Clom.

  120. 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!

  121. Fruition.

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

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

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

  124. 125
    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!!!!

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

  127. Crepuscular. Smock. Mellifluous.

  128. Thing-e-ma-bob
    Slither – it sound like what it looks like – I LOVE words like that
    Superfluous – just the idea makes me go ahhhh

    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.

  129. Booger.

    Because it never fails to make me giggle. I am a 47-year-old juvenile. recently posted Screw it. I’ve got to get through these days somehow..

  130. Propinquity.

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    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

  132. 133

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

  133. 134

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

  134. OH VEXING…..

    This is fun!

  135. 136

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

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

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    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.

  138. 139

    willow, Noah, calliope,sesquipedalian,befuddled,cattywampus

  139. booboisie!

  140. 141

    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 )

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

  142. 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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  143. 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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  145. 146
    tracy Kutch

    umbrage. spectacular. lovely. chiseled. garden.

  146. 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.

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

  148. 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 🙂

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

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  151. 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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  152. Estivate. Which is what I do every summer.

  153. 154


    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.

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

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    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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    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!”

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


    Good to have you back in the neighborhood of wordness.

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

  159. 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.

  160. 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!

  161. 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.

    The commenter formerly known as thornfield523

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    a frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person.

  163. 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:

    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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  166. 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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    So glad you’re back.

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

  172. Shenanigans

  173. 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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    Conspicuity – refers to how easily seen something is

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    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

  176. Smarmy… Bamboozle…

  177. Magnanimous, omnipotent, shyster.

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

  179. 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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    Oh Jenny – have you heard the song “In the Gloaming” by Jonatha Brooke? I hope you love it as much as i do.
    Also synchronicity, twangdillo, and Beowolf. And of course embiggen always makes me smile.

  181. 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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  182. 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!

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


    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.”







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

  186. 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.

  188. Hirple – limp

  189. Snack

  190. 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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    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”)

  192. 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.

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

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

  196. 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.

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

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    Reciprocity ❤️

  199. symbiosis. discombobulated. exhilerating. atmosphere.

    so good to have you back! <3

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

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

  202. Poltergeist. Abalone. Merkin. Because.

  203. 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):


  204. 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!

  208. gumption

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    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!

  210. Bungalow. Pudding.

  211. @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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    Amanda hanrahan

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

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  216. 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.

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

  218. 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.

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

  220. 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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  221. 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.

  222. 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.

  223. Calliope, cacophony, treble, cadence, philanthropy

  224. 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

  226. 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…

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

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

    But I also love

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    Dirigible, rhododendron, perambulate…

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

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

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    Rhona Scoville

    Serendipity. Lilac. Arboreal.

  234. Fetid

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    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.

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

  237. Audacious, I just love it!

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

  239. solpisism

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

  241. *solipsism

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    Purrito (cat wrapped up in blanket like a burrito)

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

  244. 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).

  245. Petrichor. Amethyst. Prolixity. Hoyden. Solicitous.

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

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

  248. 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.)

  249. 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.

  250. English:
    patronus – because i wish i had one

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

  251. 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.

  253. Shenanigans 🙂

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    Smuddle Buddy

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

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

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

  257. 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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    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.

  261. 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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    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!

  264. Unctuous. Mahogany. Genre.

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    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.

  266. 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.

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

  268. Numinocity sensing the energy in a space

  269. 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.”

  270. Trebuchet

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

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    Adrian Jones

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

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

  273. Coelacanth. Plucky. Sockdolager.

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

  275. 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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  276. looks up
    adds “litigious” to the list

  277. 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.

  278. 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.

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

  280. 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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    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.

  282. “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!

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

  284. Swoon.

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

  287. 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

  288. Flibbertigibbet

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    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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    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.

  291. 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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    Jean Hayes

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

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

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

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  295. 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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    Ken (Do ye ken?)

  297. Ahhh! I just found out about (and tweeted about) l’esprit de l’escalier this morning, I love that one. <3

  298. 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.”

  299. Petrichor
    Ken (Do ye ken?)

  300. 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;

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

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  303. 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!!

  304. Simpatico. Epiphany.

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    Petrichor-the smell that happens when rain first falls.

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

  306. MNEMONIC – a thing we use to remember…

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    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. 😀

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

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

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  310. “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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    Karyn Doherty

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

  312. 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.

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

  315. Also the hilarity of German!

    English: Hospital Butterfly
    French: Hôpital Papillon
    Spanish: Hospital Mariposa

  316. Ululation.

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

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

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  318. Periphery
    Poutine (Canadian delicacy of fries with cheese curds and gravy – soooo much yum)

  319. Discombobulated

  320. 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.

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

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

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

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  324. 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.

  325. Fortitude

  326. 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 🙂

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

  328. Amok. Kumquat.

  329. 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?’

  331. velocipede

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

  334. Lugubrious vile and brilliant

  335. 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.

  336. Kerfufle

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

  338. Hyperbole: Exaggeration without intent to deceive

  339. defenestration (and all related conjugations thereof)

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

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

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

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

  344. 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.)

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

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    Robin Jennifer

    Echo and the Bunnymen

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

  348. Spleen, quark, gabardine, ginormous, smock.

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    BM Cappello

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

  350. 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.

  351. Lugubrious.
    I could go on and on…

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

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

  355. 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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    The Cheerful Curmudgeon

    Hurtling… a small hurt?

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

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    Metatarsal (sounds like a dinosaur name)

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

  360. Very glad you’re back. Stoic.

  361. Fuckity-fuck. Makes me laugh.

  362. Calligraphy, lovely, and befuddled. 🙂

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

  364. Florid. precarious. reticent.

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    a halperin

    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

  366. Balls. Just typing it makes me giggle!

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

  369. 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.

  370. Slyboots

  371. Found, because being lost sucks.

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    Hathelas: elvish for “leaf blade”

  373. Discombobulate.

  374. Logos. Glad you are feeling better! xoxo

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

  376. 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!

  377. Hippopotamus. It makes me smile.

  378. 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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    piccolo, puddle, pounce

  380. 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

  381. 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.)

  382. concretize, obsequious, borborygmus, acquiesce.

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

  384. Compartmentalism
    gin (this one should’ve been listed first, actually)

  385. mauerbauertraurigkeit – the inexplicable urge to push people away

    liberosis – the desire to care less about things

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

  388. Bougainvillea

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

  390. 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!

  391. Boketto – to stare without purpose.

  392. catterwonky, segue, coffee

  393. Ether, fritter, formulaic, clandestine

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

  395. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: the fear of long words.

    Circumlocution: the use of many words to say little.

  396. Wait, Elizabeth?

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

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

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    Janis Turner


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    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.

  403. 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.”

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

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    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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    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.

  407. Platypus, defenestration, antediluvian. And mystery.

  408. Quintessence. Serendipity. Sunshine.

  409. Fortuitous, facetious, smile, awesome

  410. 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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  411. 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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    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!

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

  415. Lugubrious. Loquacious.

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    Curiouser & Curiouser

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

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

  420. 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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  422. 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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    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.

  424. bioluminescence

  425. phantasmagorical

  426. 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

  427. 429

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

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

  429. 431

    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.

  430. I’ve always enjoyed the word Serendipity.

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

  432. Dirigible.

  433. 435

    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

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

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

  436. susurrus. whispering with a lisp

  437. Vituperative, expeditiously, eclectic, sublimation

  438. Brochure….it fills up my mouth

  439. 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.

  440. Enigmatic,superlative,ephemeral,and Chimera

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    gobsmacked, cattywampus

  442. 444

    obstreperous, begrudgingly

  443. Voluptuous. Satin. Primordial.

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

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

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  448. Gelatinous, malevolent, fraught, crackle.

  449. 451
    Ellen Brandwein

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

  450. 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…

  451. Watershed. Pixiestix. Fuzzy. Temporarily.

  452. 454

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

  453. somnambulism

  454. Squalid squeamish squids.

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  456. 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.

  457. Erudite. It just sounds smart.

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

  459. 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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    Joan Q Horgan

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

  462. 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. 💗

  463. Coming OUT of. I hope.

  464. Onomatopoeia and proprioception

  465. 467
    Kim Jones

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

  466. Fiduciary

  467. 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.

  468. 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.

  469. Apoplectic
    Gallimaufry (means hodge podge, which is a nice pair too)

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

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

  471. 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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  473. Cattywampus. I mean, come on.

  474. Mellifluous. Nebulous. Neologism. Serene.

  475. 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!

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

  477. I just remembered. A friend’s niece mispronounced “flamingo” and it will never leave me:

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

  480. 482

    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

  481. 483


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

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    Kumquat. It brings out my inner Beavis.

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

  486. 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:

    OMG Four! But I swear this is it: Schadenfreude from the PM:

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    Kelli Wilson

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

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

  489. Gobsmacked

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    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.

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

  492. 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!

  493. Crisp. Pumpernickel. Petrichor. Fantastic. Tertiary.

  494. 496

    Pavonine. Muliebrity. Steadfast. Daffodil.

  495. 497

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

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

  497. 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

  498. Darling but only pronounced “Dah-ling”

  499. Mellifluous. Hornswoggle. Smithereens.

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

  502. 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.

  503. GROG.

  504. Hullabaloo!

  505. 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.

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

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    A new favorite: Isinglass.

  508. 510

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

  510. 512

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

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    Oh I love the “gloaming”

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

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  514. 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!

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

  516. 518

    We’ve missed you! Welcome back!

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

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

  519. 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. 🙂

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

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    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!

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

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  523. 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.

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

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    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.

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

  530. My favorite ode to fun words:

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

  532. 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.

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

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

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

  536. Calypso

    Mrs Fever recently posted Resort.

  537. Catawampus. Because life is Catawampus.

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

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

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

  541. 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

  542. Words… Like songs can begin with
    Me(to remember yourself)
    Sugar(Shugar in southern dialect)
    La Te Dah
    Do- not mess with a southern gal

  543. 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!

  544. myriad

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

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    Bo Thilkjer Eriksen

    Vanilla. Just the softest word to say….

  547. 549
    Elizabeth J



    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.

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

  549. 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.

  550. 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.

  551. Kerfuffle. I like the word kerfuffle.

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  552. “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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  553. “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!

    mhotchkiss1108 recently posted A Dissertation on the Undesirability of the Quadrilaterals.

  554. Murmur

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

  556. 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).

  557. 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!

  558. 561
    Elizabeth McCash

    Tee hee, I made the list of words!

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

    Cassie recently posted wordless wednesday.

  560. 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.”

  561. 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.

  562. Eviscerate, tinkle

  563. vagabond & dynasty.

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

  565. 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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  566. Fisticuffs

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

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

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

  571. Ubiquitous, Epitome and Shenanigans.

  572. 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.

    scar recently posted Eighteen-Year-Old Scar on Nietzsche.

  573. Quintessential

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

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

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

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    Melliflouous. Agog. Startling. Curious.

  577. 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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    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.

  579. 582

    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.

  580. Gobsmacked

  581. Twatwaffle.

    MsDarkstar recently posted Once Upon A Willow.

  582. 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.

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

  584. zeitgeist and schadenfreude

  585. Welcome back. You are worth the wait.

    rhondafriedapn recently posted Enjoy this Moment.

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    Cupboard, Wanderlust

  587. Wanderlust

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

    iamneverchangingwhoiam recently posted Laugh Out Loud (2).

  589. Byzantium.

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

    The handbell choir I played in was called the Tintinabulators.

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    Ann Marie

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  596. 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.

  597. 600

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

  598. 601

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

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    senescence, fugacity, deliquesce, bountiful, allusory, obsequious

  601. Tidbit.

  602. 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.

  603. Serendipity. Ephemeral. Gossamer.

    ……also douchecanoe and twatwaffle.

  604. 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.

  605. 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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  607. Quixotic and serendipity.

  608. Marvellous

  609. “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.

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

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

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

  616. onomatopoeia

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    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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    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.

  619. Foible! Minor quirks (or faults).

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

    Evil Genius recently posted Midterm Misanthropy, Spring Edition!.

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    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!

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

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

  623. Porcupine!

  624. 627

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

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  626. forward. for so many reasons.

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

    Jenny Bristol recently posted I’ve Got Moxie #10: Macro Photography.

  628. Serendipity, dumbsquizzled, onomatopoeia

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    Suzanna Jordan


  630. 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?”

  631. Gossamer

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

  633. Peloponnesian

  634. Felicity

  635. 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.

  636. 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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    How about ‘brothelsome’ ? One of my favourites.

    Sent from my iPhone Eileen Eliasson


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

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  639. 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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    stephanie bosticksteffanotta

    Ablution. Surreptitious.

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

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    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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    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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    Jen Marvel

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

  645. 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)

  646. Cellar Door.

  647. 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

  648. 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.

  649. Nosocomial, septuagenarian, sussurus

  650. 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?

  651. Apoplectic, conflagration.

  652. Flummox


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

  654. 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.

  655. 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

  656. 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.

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

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

  659. 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).

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

  661. 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?

  662. Also,
    Bombus perplexus

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

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    Petrichor. Calypigian. Reimbursement.

    Indomitable. <3

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

  667. Serendipity, synergy.

  668. anaethema, athenaeum,

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    Marjorie J. Birch

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

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

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

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

  674. 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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  676. calliope ! seriously, this link, right here.

  677. 681

    fyrenlustes: Old English word meaning “fiery lust”.

    hooligan, nincompoop, defenestration.

  678. Pontificate nebulous panacea.

  679. 683

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

  680. 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.

  681. 685

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

  682. 686

    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.

  683. 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.

    KatieComeBack recently posted No Escaping the Landscaping.

  684. Onamonapia

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

    Christine Galloway

  687. 691
    Abby Knoblauch

    Darkling. I LOVE the world darkling.

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

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    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:

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

    Awkwardly Alive recently posted Be weird..

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    Alacrity. Plumbago.

  692. Chimichanga. Discombobulated

  693. 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.

    Kate Wally recently posted Ancestry Obsession.

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