Chris (conjurdude) wrote,

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and now, in no particular order, are words that I really don't like (I know, it's shameful thing for an armchair linguist to admit, but they just bug me)

  • "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.

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