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Old 20th Jan 2005, 23:49   #1
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Default Palimpsesters' Favourite Words

Following our decrying of the namby-pamby 70 Most Beautiful Words from the British Council, let's have our favourite words. A many as you like, keep them coming.

Mind are mostly vaguely rude: things like flaps and helmet.



Will try and think of some proper ones.
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Old 21st Jan 2005, 10:07   #2
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I did enjoy a phrase of Jonathan Meades' the other day. He described the Prince Regent as existing 'in a sated fug'.
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Old 23rd Jan 2005, 2:29   #3
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Old 23rd Jan 2005, 11:29   #4
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It's that pirate in you coming out, yjmli.

I've always rather liked pensive and bemused.
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Old 23rd Jan 2005, 23:44   #5
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Well, I've always liked Palimpsest! One of the reasons I came here in fact.

Palimpsest - as in do i like penny vincenzi? oh i think she would make a marvellous palimpsest madam. (quoting what I want to say at work)
Of course, the main reason I liked this word was because it gave me a vaguely - no, palpably - superior feeling that I was among the 1% of the population who knew it's meaning.

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Palpable - as in, the fellow is palpably dim (quoting my old english teacher on one of the university lecturers)
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Old 14th Jan 2007, 16:36   #6
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Just to throw things in reverse a bit....

My favourite word of all is clemency or anything with that clement root. Also, rivulet and whisper.
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Old 15th Jan 2007, 9:59   #7
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It's that pirate in you coming out, yjmli.

I've always rather liked pensive and bemused.
Says a lot about your character if you ask me, Notty

EDIT: I particularly like 'furtle' and 'gubbins' (which may well say a lot about MY character!)

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Old 15th Jan 2007, 11:05   #8
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I like simple onomatopoeic words (though I should go over to the words I hate thread to say how much I loathe onomatopoeia itself -- how can a word for something that sounds so interesting sound so awful?). Anyway, particular favourites include,

drip
squelch
whack
cuckoo
sizzle
clatter

I also have a distinct preference for words with a Germanic etymology over the French or Latin with Greek (see above) coming it at a very distant fourth.
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Old 15th Jan 2007, 11:46   #9
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Default Re: Palimpsesters' Favourite Words

Palimpsest is also one of my favourites and, like Kumquat, the reason I ended up here after googling it on a whim.

I also like Picadilly, really a name but still... zenith, zoom and zebadee see me through the end of the alphabet, maudlin, muddle and mud happily find the middle and bombastic starts it all off well.
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That's Mister Bombastic, to you.
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