- "yummy" -- it just seems too infantile. I prefer "tasty."
- "tummy" -- same reason as above.
- "cellar door" -- OK, I don't know why Dr. Tolkien loved these words, but I just don't see what entranced him, honestly.
- "paradigm" -- it means "pattern." If you mean "pattern," just friggin' say "pattern!" It doesn't make you sound any more intelligent, Mr. MBA!
- "cornucopia" -- it just ticks me off. Irrational, I know, but there it is.
And now some words I do like (there are many others, I just can't think of them right now):
- "insipid" -- a wonderful insulting adjective. I also like "vapid," "moronic," "daft," "vacuous," and "churlish." "Churlish" doesn't get used nearly enough these days, in my opinion. And for insulting nouns, I like "twit."
- "cerulean" -- a shade of blue. I also like "azure"
- "onomatopoeia" -- I mean c'mon, what's not to love? A word that describes other words that sound like the sounds they describe! It's so wonderfully meta-linguistic!
- "diphthong" -- the |pfth| sound is what makes this word for me. It means a pair of vowel sounds that are pronounced together, but can also be used as a makeshift insult. For three vowel sounds strung together, the word you want is "triphthong."
That's all I got for tonight.