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Initial post: Jul 23, 2008 12:02:53 PM PDT
I have always been a lover of words, their meanings and sounds and spellings. The weird and the humorous have the most appeal for me.

Funny words that I love would include kumquat, poodle, underpants, cuckoo, spatula, and pickle. The letter k has a lot to do with it sometimes.

Strange words I enjoy are speakeasy, posh, fetid, rollicking, ghastly, tinge, and lederhosen.

And some appealing words are murmuring, meander, languid, limpid, and lavish.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2008 8:56:46 AM PDT
I like words too.. and especially words that sound like their meaning..
the ones you mentioned are on my hit list as well as:
Nasty
please
squeak ( there's that letter "k")
plush
harsh

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2008 5:24:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2008 5:25:40 PM PDT
You get bonus points for fetid and lederhosen.

My brother's third wife would erupt into fits of laughter when she heard the word gingivitis. They're no longer together.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2008 5:53:56 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2008 4:30:38 AM PDT
Justin says:
Phoobis.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2008 12:03:04 AM PDT
adapt1 says:
Here's some of my favorites:

flaccid, koolots, ditty, dirge, pickel, penal, zuccini, melon, rump, tomato,agape, duodendum, yogurt,liquidate, appendix, appendage, lugubrious, harbinger, knickers, viscosity, booze, ooze, snooze, cruise.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2008 8:27:04 PM PDT
I write comic strips and think that the word kaplooi sounds hilarious. I use it for a hitting sound.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2008 5:36:59 AM PDT
Carolina,
Kaplooi is very effective, and a great example of onomatopoeia (another interesting word!)
:)
All the responses here have been fun and interesting so far.
Sard

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 12:02:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 3, 2008 12:04:51 AM PDT
Dave Fox says:
Oh man, don't get me started.

Oops... too late.

I like: squishy, aardvark, juxtaposition, wonky, giggling, sloshed, fizzy, phlegmatic, iguana, hump, shudder, murky, writhe, and onomatopoeia.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 5:48:32 AM PDT
Great choices, Dave. I also enjoy squishy, wonky, murky and writhe.

And I like lithe, peevish, sniggling, vestige, boing, harpoon, muumuu, thud, marmalade, humdinger, hippopotamus, kaboodle, naughty, wiley, unruly, and warble.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 1:00:45 PM PDT
Tim says:
Glockenspiel!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 2:33:15 PM PDT
A short list of some of my favorite words:
acidophilus, crayola, hyperbole, twinkle, saucy, zither, beaucephus, lollipop, felicity, bugger, and Ulan Bator (I know it is not one word, but I love the way it slips off your tongue)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 6:53:12 PM PDT
I just thought of another, but it's a fictional character name: Zaphod Beeblebrox.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 6:55:41 PM PDT
Excellent choice in glockenspiel, Tim. Such a fun word.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2008 3:54:53 PM PDT
Justin says:
These are all good! It's a shame that the English language has some boring words in it like tin, good, egg, mouse, foot, lump, chair, flip, hand, or milk. Why can't there be more funny words like (extra-funny words are marked) caribou, interplanetary, *berzerk*, slap, mush, *bamboozled*, *flabbergasted*, mish-mosh, madcap, stooge, *spelunk*, fazzafras, muck, *phooey*, blecch, yecch, echh, yippee, yahoo, *schnozzola*, galoot, *lummox*, *palooka*, poot, plunk, shazam, "whilickers*, golly, *gorilla*, weasle, *spittoon*, or amn't?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2008 6:52:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2008 4:40:09 PM PDT
Yes, definitely!!! And might I add...

haberdashery
clodhopper
glockenschpiel
flibberdegibbet
kerplunk
stickler
twinge
gash
yoohoo
poodle
suckle
strumpet
whippoorwhill
sassafras
dither
oaf
legerdermaine
persnickety
globule
heinous
jaunty
pivot
s'more
dullard
smoosh
peevish
sniggly
marzipan
troglodyte

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2008 7:04:48 PM PDT
T. Truscott says:
I am a lover of long words. And record words. Like...

·Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (longest)
·Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (fear of long words, ironically)
·Uvulapalatopharangoplasty (longest with no e's)
·Screeched (longest one syllable)
·Euouae (only vowels)
·Strengths (one vowel)
Weird ones:
·Hexakosioihexakontahexaphobia (fear of the number 666)
·Rhinotillexomania (obsession with picking your nose)
·Jentacular (of or relating to breakfast)

One of my favorite words is feldspar. For some reason.

Here's a cool link: http://www.fun-with-words.com/index.html

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2008 7:13:36 PM PDT
feldspar sounds like someone's last name. I will check the link you included. Thanks, T!

Oh, I just remembered something funny about words and letters, from an episode of The Simpsons:

Mr. Burns: All right, Leonard, let's be sporting about this. If you can tell me why I shouldn't fire you, without using the letter E, you can keep your job.
Lenny: (nervous) Um, I'm.. a good..work guy...
Mr. Burns: You're fired.

-Sard

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2008 7:43:31 PM PDT
Justin says:
Sard: Oh man, your huge list hits the funny words nail right on the noggin! Suckle, humdrum, and haberdashery are my favorites among it. You know your funny words, man! Crazy!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2008 7:47:32 PM PDT
Justin says:
Is it just me or is this list reminiscent of old silent comedies? When I read it, I can imagine an enormously fat man with a thick mustache throwing a tamtrum.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2008 6:14:15 AM PDT
I love funny words... explains my admiration for Monty Python's Flying Circus, Looney Tunes, Roald Dahl, and so on.

And I like old timey stuff too. When Mr. Burns is featured on The Simpsons and starts prattling on about his youth, I'm ROFL. He uses words and phrases that have been dusty for ages. I love when Lisa asked him about recycling and he didn't know the word at all, and they show his mental dictionary page that featured 'retired' words from his time like redskin. LOL.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2008 2:56:49 AM PDT
Marloo Redd says:
The first time I saw the word "polliwog" I thought it was hysterical.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2008 6:22:10 PM PDT
This is awful of me, but I think some off-color words are funny for their onomatopoeic qualities, if you say them just right--fart, poop (poo with a little raspberry on the end.) I know, it' immature.

Also, they've been advertising a medicine called Abilify. It sounds like it's straight out of the Ebonics dictionary. I mean no offense; it just sounds that way to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2008 1:11:56 AM PDT
One of my favorite words ever is persnickety.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008 12:44:02 PM PDT
R. Hirsch says:
I'm surprised no one has mentioned inalienable.
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