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favorite words in english
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:10:59 pm »
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Been thinking about this the past few days. What are people's favorite words in English (or their native language)? I'm gonna keep updating this list, but here's a start for me:

mountain
appalling
insinuate
alluvial
effervescent
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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 06:58:56 pm »
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Cool list. Mine are mostly science-y words because that's all I've been reading lately:

Putative

Differentiate

Elucidate

Mechanism

Corollary

Progenitor

Phenomenon/phenomena

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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 05:56:33 am »
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Couldn't resist the temptation:

Mountain:
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman muntaine, from Vulgar Latin *montānea, feminine of *montāneus (“mountainous”), alteration of Latin montānus, from mōns, from Proto-Indo-European *monti (compare Welsh mynydd (“mountain”), Albanian mat (“bank, shore”), Avestan [script?] [script?] (mati, “promontory”)), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to project, stick out”).

Apall:
Old French apalir (“to grow pale, make pale”); a (Latin ad) + palir (“to grow pale, to make pale”), pâle (“pale”). See pale (adj.) and compare with pall.

Insinuate:
From Latin īnsinuō (“to push in, creep in, steal in”), from in (“in”) + sinus (“a winding, bend, bay, fold, bosom”)

Alluvial:
From Latin alluvius (“alluvial”), from alluviō (“an overflowing, inundation”), from alluō (“wash against”).

Effervescent:
From Latin effervēscō (“boil up”)

Putative:
First attested 1432, from Middle French putatif, from Latin putātīvus (“supposed, purported”), from putātus (“thought”), from putō.

Differentiate:
From New Latin *differentiatus, past participle of *differentiare, from Latin differentia (“difference”); see difference.

Elucidate:
From Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidō (“clarify”), from Latin ex- and lucidus (“clear”)

Mechanism:
From Latin mechanismus, from Greek μηχανή (mekhanē, “machine”)

Corollary:
From Middle English, from Late Latin corōllārium (“deduction, consequence, originally money paid for a garland, hence gift, gratuity, something extra”), from corōlla (“small garland”), diminutive of corōna (“crown”).

Progenitor:
From Middle English, from Middle French progeniteur (Modern French progéniteur), from Latin progenitor, from progenitus, perfect participle of progignere (“to beget”), itself from pro- (“forth”) + gignere (“to beget”).

Phenomenon:
From Late Latin phaenomenon (“appearance”), from Ancient Greek φαινόμενον (phainomenon, “thing appearing to view”), neuter present passive participle of φαίνω (phainō, “I show”).

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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 09:47:25 am »
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oh yeah, mechanism is a great one! also strong list, vag. but you didn't add any words of your own! greek would be cool, too.

i had a spanish professor in college whose favorite english word was "wrestling."
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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 10:37:52 am »
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It wasnt a list of my words, i was being a prick giving the etymology of each of the words you and acole posted because non of them is actually English.
And it was just trolling, there is no parthenogenesis, except from the first barks i guess. That's what we do, we evolve. Great thread idea.
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Parthenogenesis, get it? English world but Greek origin, i used the same concept in the sentence i was debunking it.
uhhh...
ehmmm...
ok i stop :uhhhfacepalm:
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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 12:19:59 pm »
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lol, are you kidding me? epic trolling fail because it had the exact opposite reaction you'd hope for as a troll. one of my favorite things about english is its insane etymological diversity. but if you want to limit it to pure anglo-saxon-rooted stuff, here are a few fun ones for you:

buckshot
bullshit
wan
cobblestone
fuck
vixen
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2014, 01:23:16 pm »
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Replace trolling with teasing. I didn't want to create any reactions, just found it interesting that ALL stated words had non-english roots. But i explained that is normal, more than normal, it is evolving, taking what is granted, accumulating and using it to improve your life. Not just in language. Also, i think that words with foreign roots are more more probable to be appealing to my (our?) ears, probably because they have an 'unusual' element inside them? We have a saying here "the other one's stuff is always sweeter". :)
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 01:41:09 pm »
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Replace trolling with teasing. I didn't want to create any reactions, just found it interesting that ALL stated words had non-english roots. But i explained that is normal, more than normal, it is evolving, taking what is granted, accumulating and using it to improve your life. Not just in language. Also, i think that words with foreign roots are more more probable to be appealing to my (our?) ears, probably because they have an 'unusual' element inside them?

i was also teasing, for the record.

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We have a saying here "the other one's stuff is always sweeter". :)

english almost-corollary: the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014, 01:47:45 pm »
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Corollary:
From Middle English, from Late Latin corōllārium (“deduction, consequence, originally money paid for a garland, hence gift, gratuity, something extra”), from corōlla (“small garland”), diminutive of corōna (“crown”).

Corona:
From Latin corōna (“garland, crown”), from Ancient Greek κορώνη (korōnē, “garland, wreath”).

κορώνη:
From Proto-Indo-European *kor, *ker. Cognates include Latin corvus. Compare also κορωνός (korōnos, “curved, bent”) and κόραξ (koraks, “raven”).

corvus:
From Proto-Indo-European *ḱorh₂-, imitative of harsh sounds (compare Middle Irish crú, Lithuanian šárka (“magpie”), Serbo-Croatian svrȁka, Ancient Greek κόραξ (kórax), Old English hræfn), from *ḱer- (compare Latin crepō (“I creak, crack”), Sanskrit कृपते (kṛ́pate, “he laments, implores”)).

कृपते:
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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2014, 12:12:00 am »
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Lately I like the word acrimonious. I used to keep a list of words I should use more often, but i've misplaced it. Which sucks because it would have been perfect for this thread. Oh well.
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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2014, 03:06:37 am »
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Obnoxious

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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2014, 08:14:52 am »
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Obnoxious

that's a terrific one.   :goodjobbro:
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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2014, 01:40:09 pm »
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Obnoxious

that's a terrific one.   :goodjobbro:

What? No, I meant this thread!

Just kidding... yeah I love that word :P

What about "ambidextrous" or "caveat"?

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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2016, 11:37:13 am »
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ubiquitous
havoc
discombobulated
juxtaposition
manifold

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Re: favorite words in english
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2016, 12:10:24 pm »
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I like some of the following words.

oxymoron
cryogenic
paraphernalia
velociraptor
progeny
venom
paradoxical
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