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By Mrs. Julien | Comment Diversions | May 27, 2013 | Comments ()


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English has the largest vocabulary of any language. Mostly because of a willingness, like the Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church before it, to absorb whatever is in its path. We like it? Well take it! Salsa? Portmanteau? Agita? Schadenfreude? Congratulations! You're English now!

What's your favourite word from your first language? dovetail, metaphysical

What's your favourite word from a foreign language? fremdschamen

Is there a word you overuse? lovely

What's your least favourite word? I have a very hard time saying this word out loud. Please don't make me write it. It's the four letter word beginning with "f" that describes a body's release of gas. I also hate the word "belly".

Do you have a favourite regional expression? I may not have mentioned this to y'all, but I'm a Canadian living in the United States. While in the past, I may have opted for "deke", or "take a boo", or even "fu(king the dog" for this option, now my favourite Canadianism is "eh?", as in "That was lovely, eh?". Every time I hear myself say it, I can hear my own accent and it reminds me that, no matter what, at heart I'm still Canadian, still me.

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  • I have an insane rage when anyone (usually a news douche) uses the word "temblor". "It's a fucking earthquake you pretentious cocksucker! What's that? It's only a small one? Well then it's just a gorramn tremor, isn't it? Stop being such a fucktard, you sanctimonious ass wipe!" ~hyperventalating~

  • Mrs. Julien

    I couldn't get past "douche". Lord, I hate that word.

  • disqus_rCJTTYmkV8

    You know what's a really pretty word for a terrible thing?

    Melanoma.

    But people's think you were daft if you went around happily chirping "MEL-a-NO-ma!" all the time.

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  • Mrs. Julien

    Do you smell burnt toast?

  • Mrs.P

    I like food words like rosemary, marjoram, and thyme. The word coffee would most definitely be in my top two. I use the words dude and awesome waaaay too much. Just about anything sounds better in Spanish, but my favorite word is sonrierse - to smile. The sign for a$$hole in sign language is pretty awesome, too. There is one word that will draw out the most evil version of myself, the 'r' word that means someone who is mentally deficient. I also hate the word douche. I still love to say 'tumped'. As in he tumped out the whole box of crayons unto the floor.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I say "shut up" entirely too much... but it is the "Shut up!" you say when you really mean "no way!" I am sure it will pass, phrases come and go, then they come back again... I have also been using "totes" too much, I am pretty sure I sound like a complete douche when I say it, but it kind of cracks me up. I will just chalk it up to some sort of mid-life crisis...

    I don't like the word "thick" I don't really know why... but I think I will blame Alan.

  • PerpetualIntern

    What’s your favourite word from your first language? defenestrate

    What’s your favourite word from a foreign language? passeggiata

    Is there a word you overuse? I drop F bombs like it's my job

    What’s your least favourite word? moist

    Do you have a favourite regional expression? I say "wicked" constantly, even though I moved out of Maine years ago. I use the expression "crazytown bananapants" way too often.

  • Maximum Leader

    I'm quite fond of the word "plinth," but rarely have occasion to use it.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Favourite word: Orerry - it just makes your mouth go 'round'.

    Least favourite word/phrase - when Americans say they're 'bringing something' to someone as opposed to 'taking something'. Arrgh!

  • Strand

    I'm the furthest thing from Jewish but a few of my favourite words happen to be of Yiddish origin, they're perfect and roll right off the tonge:

    Chutzpah, Putrid, Shibboleth, Bupkus, Munted, Tempestuous, Schnell!

  • wombat

    Now that I have been made aware of the fifth column invasion of the English language proper I shall need to alert my representatives in congress to put a stop to this coup d'états tout de suite of our mother toungue. Above all the sacrilicious doit de seigneur must be preserved and soup de jour must be stopped!

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm not sure if I haven't been paying attention, or if you're new around here, but if it's the former you are en fuego this week, if the latter WELCOME!

  • llp

    Least favourite word: vomit

    Favourite foreign word: a tie between aujourd'hui and parapluie - so cheerful sounding

    Favourite native words: passion, somnolence, exhilarating

    Overused word: chapeau, mostly because it annoys my husband and he thinks I am confusing the children. Probably dude, as well.

    Regional expression: I love chesterfield instead of couch, but loathe how often people around here say "I seen" - awful.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Is moist in the lead for my reviled word? Moist. Moist. I don't get it. Moist. It's not so bad. Moist.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Moist von Lipwick is the most awesome character name, ever.

  • I gotta say that Sack Lodge still takes the cake for me

  • Fabius_Maximus

    And he was played by Bradley Cooper. Perfect!

  • general rhubarb

    I seem to recall a similar comment diversion from years ago. Moist and panties were clear winners!

  • Salieri2

    And yet, moist panties are awesome!

  • Jim

    A fellow Canuck? Mrs. J you never cease to amaze.

    Favourite: Executrix (it evokes big hats, veils, copies of the will and smoking pistols)

    Least favourite: backward

    Other Language: philtre (french for 'potion' pronounced "feel-truh" - Yes I live in a francophone area of Canada and I chickened out with French. Sue me.)

    "Philtre d'amour" is a love potion

    Regional: I'm gonna choose a phrase from other halves' home province of Newfoundland which means "I'm dreadfully hungry" - "I could chew the arse off a low flying duck."

  • Mrs. Julien

    Seriously, dude? I mention it all the time. I'm actually kind of annoying about it. Jesus Murphy, are you not hanging on my every utterance?

  • Maguita NYC

    Poutine!

  • Jim
  • Maguita NYC

    But... But... Where are the "crottes de fromage"?? You know, the squeaky rubber of cheese melting under the artery-blocking gravy.

  • googergieger

    I say some variation of the word and including the word fuck in almost every other sentence I use. For fucking example, "For fucking example".

  • MissAmynae

    Favorite: persnickety, serpentine

    Least favorite: moist, titties

    other language: smurfamus (Latin for "We Smurf")

    I use "amazing" and "awesome" wayyyy too much. Also, "y'know" while I'm talking. It was the phrase I used to stop saying "like."

    Regional: oh lord, I'm from Texas, I have to pick one?? Of course, "Y'all" but my favorite is from my mother-in-law. "he can go take a flying leap through a rollin' doughnut."

  • Amy Love

    Any time I hear the word "fandom" I become filled with the rage of a thousand angry bees.

  • I'm right there with you on that one. That and [Name of show]-verse. That makes me nuts as well.

  • Stina

    Favourite word from my language: Smuggle. But only because for some unknown reason it makes my husband giggle like a little girl. 'Giggle' also makes him laugh, but not as much.

    Favourite foreign word: Ananas (french for pineapples). It just trips off my tongue in such a pleasant way.

    Word I overuse: So. I know it's a weak linker word, but I use it constantly to tie my sentences together. It's a hard habit to break!

    Least favourite word: Episiotomy. But that might just be because I'm 7 months pregnant...

  • Malin

    Ananas is what pineapple is called in Swedish and Norwegian as well.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    In German, too.

    Pineapple is a strange word. It is neither an apple, nor does it come from a pine.

  • Sofia

    I love ALL OF THE WORDS in Spanish (except for 'vagina' because it sounds violent -- like some vaginas, I guess). I love the word 'masticar', and 'extrovertido' and 'ombligo.'

    My favorite words in another languages are farfalla (Italian for butterfly) and belly-button. Especially when you say it with a silly voice.

    And I use awesome/amazing waaay too much.

  • Malin

    Favourite words from my first language: Norwegian: sommerfugl (butterfly, but literally translated it becomes summer bird), kjærlighet på pinne (lollipop, literal translation love on a stick). Swedish: Tussilago (not sure what it is in English, it's a small yellow flower that appears in ditches as one of the first signifiers of spring)

    Favourite English word: I honestly don't know, but several of the ones mentioned by commenters earlier in the thread are excellent - defenestrate, exanguinate, onomatopoeia. I've always been fond of the word sumptuous, myself.

    Least favourite word: not too fond of the word moist. It's a very evocative word.

    Words I overuse: Awesome, excellent, meh.

    Favorite regional expression: å maule (more or less translates as to graze/nibble - it's to eat sandwich meats or cheese or other nice thing without bread, or potatoes or any of those healthy things that make it a meal. It comes from the west of Norway)

  • wojtek

    Favorite native: Listopad (November), literally "Leaffall". I love all our month names, because they all actually mean something.

    Favorite foreign: clandestine

    Worst: fifth - the pronunciation kills me

    Overused: actually

    Regional: oj tam, oj tam

  • Mrs. Julien

    Can we hear more about the month names?

  • wojtek

    I. Styczeń - not immediately evident, possibly The Bridge Month (Between Two Years), from stykać się - to touch/to be adjacent to something

    II. Luty - The Shitty Month (supposedly), from luty, an archaic word for bad/unpleasant

    III. Marzec - your obligatory Latin influence. Mars, the God of War, etc.

    IV. Kwiecień - The Blooming Month, from kwiat/kwiecie - flower/bloom.

    V. Maj - Latin again

    VI. Czerwiec - The Month of the Bee, from czerw - brood

    VII. Lipiec - The Month of the (Blooming) Linden Trees, from lipa - linden tree

    VIII. Sierpień - The Sickle/Harvest Month, from sierp - the sickle

    IX. Wrzesień - The Month of the Heather, from wrzos - heather

    X. Październik - The Month of Weaving, from paździerz - the woody core of flax or hemp

    XI. Listopad - Leaffall (liść - leaf, opad - any type of stuff falling from the sky)

    XII. Grudzień - The Month of Frozen Ground, from gruda - a clump of something solid, usually earth or ore

  • Mrs. Julien

    That was lovely and fascinating. Thank you!

  • firedmyass

    Favorite: vicious
    Worst: scrotum
    Foreign: chic
    Overused: vague
    Regional: "ain't no idea"

  • favorite word from your first language - serendipity. I like the way it sounds and what it means.

    favorite word from a foreign language - kummerspeck, "grief bacon" in German meaning the over-eating we do after a highly emotional event.

    overused word - awesome is the current victim. It seems to change every few months.

    least favorite word - panties. More how its used. Just say underwear!

    local saying - from my time in the South: worry on.

  • Aaron Schulz

    I hate the words moist and juice, they make your mouth do ugly things, like lisa miller johnson does.

  • Vitamin J

    Favorite words: kerfuffle, shenanigans
    Favorite foreign word: dolce, bambino
    Word I HATE: irregardless - yes, this not-an-actual-word has become a word thanks to all of the idiots who use it. Bonus word: conversate when they mean converse!
    Word I probably use too much: super or fantastic (both sarcastically)
    Regional: go down the shore = going to the beach

  • Salieri2

    KERFUFFLE! yes indeed.

  • aquillia

    This is such a fantastic comment diversion!

    I can't think of a favorite word off the top of my head, but I will stop the flow of conversation embarrassingly often to congratulate people on the choice of excellent words. My junior high students do it to impress me, I think... it's especially good when they bust out a nice vocabulary word from earlier in the year. (Smoldering was one a girl used once to describe a character, with a little smirk of pride on her face.) I tend to like words like "however" and "thus"; words that don't have an intriguing meaning, but nevertheless (there's another) add flavour to sentences while still being organic.

    I study/teach Latin, and I have a few favourite words from that language. One of them is nequiquam ("in vain"; nicely dramatic). Another is quadrupidens, a participle which means "galloping" and is almost onomatopoeic. I also giggle every time I come across "clam" which means "secretly".

    I used to start all my stories with "okay, so..." Therefore, I think "so" is a word I tend to overuse (I just had to consciously replace one with "therefore"). Sometimes I'll dangle sentences with it and then hate myself. ex. "I just put them over there, so..." When I write, embarrassingly enough, I catch myself writing "whispered" and "murmured" as dialogue tags far too often.

    I really hate the c-word, and I'll agree with you about the f-non-sexual word. Ugh. Makes me feel disgusting every time I utter either of them (which is rarely). Usually words bother me less than names, though. My mum and I sometimes will go through random names and approve or disapprove of them based on the way they sound. (Saint books are the best for unusual names). My least favorite name ever is Ashley, based on the sound and the connotations (Ashley Wilkes anyone? ugh) I apologize to anyone named Ashley who might read this. :)

    I spent five years in the UK for uni, so half the time when I write it's American and the other half, it's British. My favorite British dialect words are "fancy," as in "I fancy so and so," because the American "like" is just so... blah. I also love the British "whilst" but I feel a bit pretentious sometimes using it in America.

  • aquillia

    Oh my goodness, apologies for the ridiculously long comment.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Never apologise for wordiness, loquaciousness, or even occasional bouts of prolixity, but try to avoid bloviating [wink]. It is Pajiba, after all.

  • aquillia

    See, loquaciousness would be one of those words I would congratulate you for using!

  • kirbyjay

    I'm loving the "bloviating". That is one fine word!

  • Return of Santitas

    I do not have a favorite word.

    I do have an unfavorite: bespoke. I am an American living in the UK and everything here is "bespoke". It makes me simmer with annoyance (I originally wrote "boil with rage" but I'm working on my hyperbole issues).

    I say the word "really" WAY too much in all its various contexts, but I pronounce it "rilly" and hate myself every time. In writing I way overuse the words "however" and "particularly".

    Regional saying? Got to be "you can't get there from here". Or, if you must, "you cahn't get theah from heah".

  • kirbyjay

    You must be from Maine

  • Return of Santitas

    Forgot my favorite word in a foreign language. It's the Scottish word "shoogle", as in, "The remote control isn't working." "Shoogle it around a little".

  • Favorite word in English: Exsanguinate. Not a lot of people I run into know what this means, but they know it sounds like something you don't want to have happen to you.

    Favorite word in a foreign language: Fais-do-do. Because who doesn't like a party? I like Cajuns, they're like Francophone daywalkers; all of the French strengths, none of the French weaknesses.

    Least favorite word: Taxes. This should be self explanatory.

    Word you over-use: Sweetheart. This has probably been applied to every woman I've ever run into since I was old enough to drink, except my mother. And my co-workers, because we had one of those godawful HR sensitivity classes a while back and they specifically mentioned not doing that. It'd be either that or 'decent.' Which I use as a catch-all word meaning anything that is entirely acceptable while at the same time not really being worth raving over.

  • Maguita NYC

    Fais dodo in Cajun means to... party? Motherefffer! Wish my nanny was Cajun instead of just plain old-world French (Provence), for the mean %6?#@@ who raised me kept repeating all through my childhood "Maguita! Fais dodo!!!" Which means go to sleep. Lord I HATED sleep!

  • More precisely it's a dance party. The kind usually held outside, or in the kind of structure where there is not a whole lot of difference between 'inside' and 'outside.'

  • Maguita NYC

    Can you imagine if before this I'd been invited to a Fais do-do and looked at the person with horrified horrendous horror?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Does it mean bleed out?

  • It does, although it can also have connotations of having had said blood removed by a third party. I first heard Scully use it in an episode of the 'X-Files' and it stuck in my memory as it was the first time I'd ever heard someone use a word on TV that I had to look up.

  • DataAngel

    Favorite words in my native language: tintinabulation, cattywampus, ejaculated (when used to describe speech: "Holmes!" I ejaculated.)

    I also really like saying "Roddy Woomble". It's got a "cattywampus" feel to it.

    Favorite foreign: Fremdschamen, Schadenfreude, Weltschmerz, Treppenwitz.

    Word I overuse: Dude.

    Words I hate: panties, moist, regurgitate, lips

    I can't actually think of any phrases that are region-specific. At least not specific to the region I live in (Baltimore City, Maryland -- anyone with suggestions?) I live with a Canadian and have picked up some of his phrases, and we both watch a lot of British TV so there's a lot of those phrases that get tossed around. Maybe if I actually left the house and communicated with those around me I'd know some regional phrases.

  • Feralhousecat

    Favorite Word: Ubiquitous
    Least favorite word: Throb
    Favorite non-native: Deja Vu
    Word I overuse: Nope

    Least favorite regional phrase: Phoenix, Arizona: "real-ass"

    My brother-in-law and his friends use this to indicate the legitimacy of anything from athletic teams to personal manliness and every time he says it I like him a little less.

    Favorite regional: Marijuana plants in rural Maine are sometime referred to as "African Tomatoes" and that amuses me to no end for some reason.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    I'm rather fond of the word Zwingli, although it's just the name of a 16th century Swiss religious reformer. So it doesn't really mean anything, but I like it because it puts a smile on my face.

    I also like the phrase 'kitty corner', mainly because it sounds really cute and adorable. Although after five months of living in Ontario I am quite disappointed to not hear it used more.

    Edit: There's also a word in a Native American language that escapes me at the moment. It basically means 'the opposite of a nightmare': a very good dream that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. I don't really remember my dreams, but the concept appeals to me.

  • caity

    Favourite word: phenomenon, for the fact you have to stop and sound it out slowly or people think you might be in the middle of a stroke, or is that just me?

    Favourite foreign word:zdorovye, always fun to say when you've had way to much to drink

    Overused word: bugger, say it too often in mostly all the wrong circumstances

    Favourite saying: 'fuller than a fat lady's sock' heard it when I was younger, changed by damn life since!

  • Guest

    What’s your favorite word from your first language? - Discombobulated. I like all my words.(HM: Phrasing & Britta'd &*Rue)

    What's your favorite word from a foreign language? - Jumper (okay not foreign but has different meanings depending on where you are in the world) & Kummerspeck.

    *Favorite Language? - Film noir / Hard Boiled Slang

    Is there a word you overuse? - Nice.

    Least favorite word? - Oriental (racist).

    Word that sounds like it was made up but is actually a word? - Physicality.

  • Bodhi

    My MIL makes something she calls "Oriental Salad" & I shudder every time she says it. She isn't intentionally being racist, but she is totally oblivious & thats almost as bad

  • Salieri2

    Thank you! I moved to the Midwest about, er, holy cats, 17 years ago <sits down=""> and was stunned to hear otherwise generally non-racist people as well as generally racist people dropping "Oriental" all over the place. I've been thinking it's some kind of regional myopia, can anyone explain?

  • Milly

    Favourite English word: Bollocks.

    Favourite non-English word: Ayuntamiento. (means town hall in spanish)

    Overused word: Well

    Least favourite phrase: "To be honest". Does that mean without prefacing a sentence everything you say is dishonest? It irritates when people use this.

    Favourite Regional Expression: "jaag". Pronounced 'jarg'. Fake/Fraudulent e.g Jaagmani for fake armani, jaag snide for community support officers (snide = police). This is used in Liverpool.

  • kirbyjay

    Least favorite words? Panties, although I've become immune to it from watching That 70's Show, and caca. My mother-in-law says caca or cuckies and I want to puke.

    Favorite foreign word? It's not so terribly foreign because it's from England but it isn't this country so I guess it applies. When I was in London I loved "mind the gap" on the subway. I cracked up every time that soft spoken English lass on the recording reminded me to "mind the gap" when I exited the tube.
    I also like " danke", thank you in German. I probably say it almost as much as thank you.

    Regional expression? I hate to be cliché but I'm from the Boston area and we really do say "wicked" a wicked lot. Strangely enough, I do not pair it with awesome. Something could be awesome but it isn't wicked awesome, it was just "awesome" but everything is "wicked" funny or "wicked" ugly or whatever.

    Most overused word? Sorry but it's probably wicked or whatever . For the uninitiated "wicked" is 2 syllables, wick-ed, not wicked as in a candle.

    Favorite word? I like mellifluous. I don't ever use it but I like the sound of it. It sounds mellifluous.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    What’s your favourite word from your first language? "Donaudampfschifffahrtskapitänsmützenrandnaht" (Portmanteaus? I'll show you portmanteaus!). I also like "Erlkönig" (Erlking), which is the title of one of Goethe's most famous poems.

    Is there a word you overuse?
    "Fuck". It's such a satisfying swearword to say. In German, it's probably "großartig", meaning grand or great.

    Do you have a favourite regional expression?
    "Deadly", from Irish English, meaning, again, "grand" (which Irish people also say a lot).

  • wojtek

    Wienerstrassenbahndamenhutnadelinspektor

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Hah! That one's new to me (also Austrian, so no wonder I didn't know it).

  • wojtek

    Supposedly an actual job in the 19th century :)

  • Mrs. Julien

    The Germans are awesome for portmanteaus. They probably have their own word for it.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Kofferwort", meaning "suitcase word". It is also a portmanteau, of course.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I thought Strange Brew was one of the funniest movies I had ever seen back in the day... it introduced the term "hoser" to an American audience that still uses it to this day.

  • Bandit

    Favourite from first language? "Bumfuzzle"

    Favourite from a foreign language? "Oubliable"

    Overused word? "Aye"

    Least favourite? "Like" (overused and annoying)

    Favourite regional expression? "Ah'm reet jiggered" (I'm tired)

  • Zirza

    Hey, I juggle three languages (well, two and a dialect) on a daily basis! I have a vocabulary, hear me roar!

    I'm not sure about favourite, but one typically Dutch word that I really like is Lieveheersbeestje. It means ladybug, but literally translates as Sweet Lord's Little Animal. In my native dialect it's Muuëletentje, meaning Mill's Teeth. Neither make any sense, which makes them lovely.

    In English I tend to prefer lofty words such as evanescence and apoplectic and eschatology, but my absolute favourite is 'Twee'. I use it all the time. Also, balderdash.

    My favourite from German is Oberstabsfeldwebel, 'cause it's funny.

  • Favourite word: Mercurial. Even got it tattooed on me. Incredibly cryptically, but still.

    Favourite word in mother language is either: 'strc' or 'prd' or 'skrz' or 'krk'. Or, really, all together, when they make up a tongue twister that says 'stick your finger through your throat.' Which is cool because saying it out loud is exactly what that feels like.

  • wojtek

    Mercurial is awesome

  • Yeah, goddamn love it. I'm not one for 'favourite' anything, but that's the one exception. Everything about it - the meaning, the look of it, the feel of it. Mellifluous as fuck.

  • PDamian

    Oh, and one more favorite word, inspired by the header photo: Kooo-roo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo!

  • TheShitWizard

    Favourite word in first language: Flibbertigibbet.

    Favourite word in another language: Achtung! (I love how it feels to say it). Or, croque-monsieur.

    Most overused word: Definitely. And dude. Especially as I'm a middle-aged Englishwoman.

    I'm a Janner, and we love to add extra s's to words, as well as vertical directions. As in "I'm going down the shops" or "I'm going up Asder's". It drives my non-Janner boyfriend nuts, so I do it as much as possible in his hearing.

  • DoctorDouchebag

    Favorite word: Senescence
    Least favorite: Flatulence
    Favorite foreign word: Athathea (pronounced A-Tha-Thea) it means allergies or sensitivity to drugs in Arabic. I just love saying it, the way it rolls off the tongue.

    Oh and I also really hate the phrase "To think outside of the box", people use it a lot where I come from and I hate it, what does it even mean.

  • norr1s

    favourite, carom. the puck caromed off the boards and unto the forwards stick. from another language parapluie, umbrella in french. overused word would be sorry and least favourite would be unused.

  • MyySharona

    My favorite word is onamatapoeia, since I also love the entire concept around it.
    For the life of me, I can't think of my favorite foreign word.
    My most overused word is "so". I start most sentences with that. "So, I was blah blah..."
    And the word I hate most is "jot". It sounds incredibly ugly and spiky to me.

  • L.O.V.E.

    What’s your favorite word from your first language? Whiskey (I like to use it often, particularly at restaurants, bars, home, work, etc.)

    What’s your favorite word from a foreign language? Escandalo (favorite term is "force majeur")

    Is there a word you overuse? 1. Listen 2. Dude (sometimes used drunkenly together, i.e., "Listen, Dude". I'm from Southern California, if you couldn't tell)

    What’s your least favorite word? Kardashian

    (PS: we know your Canadian because you add a "u" to your "favorite")

  • Mrs. Julien

    Technically, the "u" simply means I'm not American, as does "zed".

  • Uriah_Creep

    You mean as in Zed Zed Top, the group from Texas?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Whiskey is a good one, too.

  • K.

    My favorite word in my first language is halla, because of its soft sounds and also because it's one of those words that doesn't really exist in any other language. It means the phenomenon that happens in late spring/early summer when the temperature unexpectedly drops below zero at night.

    My favorite words in (to me) foreign languages are haberdashery and babushka.

  • K.

    Below zero Celsius, that is.

  • koko temur

    my favorite words in every language are the ones that awake the conotations of its meaning. Like english "woomb"which just sound lovely and cozy. Or hebrew "gaagua" which means the result of missing someone. it just sounds kinda lonely, and little sad.

  • Forward Observer

    Least favorite: corn. Don't know why, but I hate saying it and hearing other people say it.

    Favorite foreign: pendejo. Love the way it rolls off the tongue.

    Most overused: man.

    That's all I got right now.

  • competitivenonfiction

    My favourite English word is: meticulous (I love the way it sounds).

    I really love the word "schaudenfreude" and the phrase "petite mort"

    I overuse "awesome" and "totally" but rarely together.

    I HATE the word fingerbang. That is the first and last time I'll ever type it.

  • Rochelle

    My favorite words in English are "susurrus," and "cardamom."

    I know "schadenfreude" is a popular favorite word, but it really is one of my favorites.

    Current least favorites: "bro" and "absolutely."

    I say "awesome" far too much

  • Fredo

    Favorite from original language: Armada

    Favorite from foreign language: Safari

    Overused word: Seriously

    Least favorite: Smegma

    Regional expression: "Make groceries" i.e. to go shopping for groceries or buy groceries.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That is on my least favourite word list, too.

  • Nyltiak

    You from Louisiana? I just moved to the New Orleans area and my co-workers and I were just discussing the "make groceries" thing. We out of staters found it completely weird.

  • Mrs.P

    I am guessing from the phrase "you from Louisiana" that you are too. We have a way of swallowing our verbs here. ;)

  • Fredo

    Yes I am and yes, it's weird. It's one of the colloquialisms of the region. Give it time. After a year or so, it will become second nature.

  • No one can tell where I'm from until I let a "y'all"slip into my speech. I think y'all is a wonderful word. I also tend to over-use "fixin," as in "I'm fixin to go to the Piggly Wiggly."

  • I had a British Latin teacher who argues that y'all should be introduced into the English language officially and without qualification. Almost every other language (modern and not so modern) has a separate word for the plural "you." And indeed, often that plural 'you' is used for formal speaking (though not in German [3rd personal plural is used for formal], and I believe, Slavic languages, though I am not sure about those - someone please correct me if I'm wrong). And I think some thing is really lost without the formal. Plus it makes it more difficult to learn other languages when English is your first language.

    Anyway, I digress. This was supposed to be a funny anecdote about my British Latin teacher saying 'y'all' in the most serious way possible . . . and now it's become something else.

    I say y'all without apology - so should everyone else.

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