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PostPosted: 10 Oct 2016, 15:35 
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...Well, given all the chatter about the title in the last thread, I present to you this thread.

Minim's current word fixation: Banana.

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I read this title as The Threat of Random Chatter. So best beware all who enter here.....

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I quite like that idea as a thread title :lol:

My favourite word continues to be 'flying buttress' (well, words).

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Mine is serendipity, both for sound and meaning....

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My two favourite words are serendipity (I'm with you on that one, cestina!) and hullabaloo - the two are rather diametrically opposed!


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Antidisestablishmentarianism all the way - 28 letters long!

Oh, all the hours spent honing my ability to correctly pronounce "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch"! For non-Welsh-speakers, it means "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio of the red cave".

Now I must get changed for my activity. That is a feature of life at boarding-school. Breaks are short.

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Serendipity is a good word, but not one I'm likely to repeat over and over like one of my fixations! I don't think I really have any favourite words at all - I like most words.

Someone the Younger wrote:
"Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch"


I'm suddenly thinking of Dave Gorman... :|

Edit: Happy Ada Lovelace day, everyone! :D

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Seeing as we're talking about favourite words: mine is discombobulate.

I haven't a clue what it means, it just sounds great! :dontknow: :? :roll:


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"Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch"! For non-Welsh-speakers, it means "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio of the red cave".


I presume you all know that this place name was made up precisely so that they could say it was the longest place name in the UK (and possibly the longest place name in Europe, though I haven't checked that one).

I'm with cestina, as I love both the sound and the meaning of serendipity.

Edited once, as I quoted the wrong post!

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I like spangle and starry. And dollop. Such a satisfactory word!


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Dollop is such a beautiful word.

I got to spend a lesson talking about the CS yesterday. We have to do a qualification in public speaking, and one aspect is a "Literary Recommendation", so I had to convince the other people in my group that the CS was not a series of stupid kids' books and was well worth a read. I did, however, impress the teacher, who looked of an age to have read them but had never heard of them.

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Nice one, Josie! :D

I too must agree about dollop. Excellent word.

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cestina wrote:
Mine is serendipity, both for sound and meaning....


I like it too, not least because Serendip is an old name for Sri Lanka, one of my favourite islands.

Another place name I love, just for the sound of it as I've never been there, is Benbecula.


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Dollop is a very good word.

I came across the word 'domatic' when watching the Olympic opening ceremony when it was on back in the summer (by failing to say 'democratic' like in a lot of country names). I *think* I understand what a domatic number is, but I'd rather just enjoy the fact that I came across a maths thing entirely by accident.

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Benbecula has been haunting me all night in the chanted phrase "Benbecula, benbecula..." and I can't place it. I don't even know if that's the right word or it's something with the same rhythm - bah!

Dollop is okay if you think of a dollop of cream but it has less pleasant associations for me - cow pats rather than cream. :shock:

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Am not sure if I like dollop or not. Lucent is probably my favourite word in English. Not sure about fave German word - widerspenstig and Petersilie are quite nice....

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I don't think I've ever heard the word 'lucent'. Is it related to 'translucent' in anyway?

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Plangent is the favourite word of Gramophone contributors, though it is fading in popularity compared with this time last year...

I don't really have a favourite word, though I do like saying "Glinka" out loud!

Josie, I'm so pleased you're enjoying your school! And yes, my experience of boarding was not having a lot of spare time. Mind you, it keeps you out of mischief :)

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fraujackson wrote:
Am not sure if I like dollop or not. Lucent is probably my favourite word in English. Not sure about fave German word - widerspenstig and Petersilie are quite nice....

ETA: unabdingbar !


I'd like to be able to pronounce "psychologisch", I haven't managed it yet. I just have to say "the word I can't say" and my friends know exactly which word I'm referring to.


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