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Do you have a favourite word?

Asked by cubozoa (1198points) October 15th, 2010

I’m not talking word meanings here – more the way a word sounds. My current favourite is quango* – it sounds like some obscure fruit. Is there anything that captures your imagination? We needn’t even limit ourselves to english here!

*Actually, I think quango is technically an acronym, but I’m still interested in your answer.

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erichw1504's avatar


–adjective Slang .
fine; completely satisfactory; OK.

Seek's avatar

Oh, I have many. The first that springs to mind is “ubiquitous”. I also like “philanthropy”.

And some words sound positively beautiful depending on which accent is being used.

cubozoa's avatar

@erichw1504 I like that! No idea what it means, but it sounds good. Maybe I should ask for meanings too!

erichw1504's avatar

@cubozoa I edited my answer to include the dictionary meaning.

Austinlad's avatar

Resonate. I love that word—both its meaning and the onomatopoeia in conjures for me.

Austinlad's avatar

I also love the sound (and taste!) of “pudding” and “custard” and the childhood memories those words invoke.

harple's avatar

@cubozoa do you like this song then?? :-)

thekoukoureport's avatar

moo shu pork
I use it as song lyrics all the time. It always “fits”

My kids laugh all the time cause I’ve never tried it, I just like the word.

picante's avatar


cubozoa's avatar

Hi @harple! I’d forgotten about that song. :)

ucme's avatar

Kumkwat! Love the word, not keen on the fruit :¬)

Austinlad's avatar


cubozoa's avatar

@Austinlad…..or sentient? Sorry, I really must curb my pedant tendancies. ;-)

erichw1504's avatar


prolificus's avatar

“Prolific” – because I like how it feels rolling out my mouth.

Austinlad's avatar

Oooooo, @cubozoa—you are absolutely correct. Thanks for correcting.

Austinlad's avatar

But then, @cubozoa, what do you expect out of a non-sentient?

downtide's avatar

My favourite word for sound alone is Nicaragua.

Rubrica's avatar

Sesquipedalian, part of the longer term “sesquipedalian loquaciousness” which, rather aptly, refers to the habit of using much more verbose vocabulary than is truly necessary, something I’m rather prone to.

erichw1504's avatar


Yeah, I know it’s not a real word, but doesn’t it sound awesome?!

OreetCocker's avatar

Boulevardier, a man who frequents the cafés on the boulevards of Paris or ‘a man about town’ is one of my favourites. @cubozoa I’m also very fond of ‘pedant’.

Cruiser's avatar

I like “awesome”!! I like awesome things and feelings and awesome anything is just the best there is!!

ucme's avatar

Clitoris. Tastes good….. feels good….. smells good….. real good… good!! :¬P

Cruiser's avatar

@ucme That’s AWESOME! XD

ucme's avatar

@Cruiser Yeah, like KFC…....finger lickin good!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Fluther, flutherites!

ducky_dnl's avatar

Just for sound, asphyxiation. If I like it for the meaning, it would be exacerbate.

cubozoa's avatar

@Rollalong Very good. I like those!

fundevogel's avatar

родители – parents
понедельник – monday
вурдалак – vampire

I was terrible a Russian student, but I loved how a lot of the words sound. Which I suppose is why these aren’t very remarkable words, they just sound nice to me.

My Finnish metal has also taught me perkele which gets better the more you roll the R.

Rollalong's avatar

Another favorite is jargon. I have found myself using this a lot lately :)

meiosis's avatar

Defenestration – sadly, the opportunity to use this word rarely arises ;)

fundevogel's avatar

@meiosis it seems to come up a fair amount here. Has it become a thing on Fluther?

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