Monday, May 18, 2009

Words

Words I love:

Ubiquitous

Serendipity

Antique

Naught


Words I don't love:

Tinfoil (arrgghbleeechh - it makes me think of biting down on it and getting that horrible shivery feeling)

Metastasize (both because of the implications and because I always mangle it when I try to say it)

Perky

Enate - This is a crossword-word meaning "related to on the mother's side". I've never seen it used in real life, and I don't like the sound of it.

Mic, when written as an abbreviation for "microphone". Technically, it's correct, but when I see it, I just think "mick". Why not write it as "mike", the way it sounds?

Enervate - It does not mean what it looks like it means, and for that, fie on you, enervate!


Word about which I am ambivalent:

Petulant (sounds nice, and ooogy, both at the same time)

Sanguine


How about you?

4 comments:

Bridgett said...

I love the words

Ersatz (never seems to be a good time to use it)
Samba
Undulate
Tinker
Obdurate
Coy, Arch, Dry -- pretty much every adjective that could describe Harriet Vane in a Lord Peter Wimsey novel

Hate the words

Ampule
Chicanery
Seer (who can pronounce it without sounding dumb?)

rockygrace said...

Okay, I admit it - I had to look up "obdurate".

And "ampule"? Blarrggghhhhh.

FightAgainstRedTape said...

I would go so far as to say that "ampule" is not as revolting as "pistule".

I love "mellifluous"; it sounds like its meaning (what's that? Onomatopoeia? Which, in itself, I think is a lovely word).

And Lord Peter Wimsey?? I thought I was the only person who'd heard of him! You got all the books?? He's my absolute hero. Absolute.

FightAgainstRedTape said...

And of course I spelled that wrongly, I meant "pustule" not "pistule".

Even more revolting than my incorrectly spelled one.