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What is your favorite word?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 18, 2012

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Photo of Nick Blaha

“‘Refulgence,’ the glorious splendor emanating from something.”

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“‘Sphygmomanometer,’ the official name for the blood pressure cuff. It sounds fun.”

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“‘Pumpernickel,’ because there are so many fun sounds in it.”

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“‘Quixotic.’ I like the sound and meaning.”


RoeDapple 4 years ago

According to a certain website its "b@st@rds!" but I don't think so. Is this a ploy to figure out passwords? In that case it's pNeumoNoultramicroScopicSilicovolcaNocoNioSiS18436572.

RoeDapple 4 years ago

Guess I shoulda said . . . . "FIRST!"

RoeDapple 4 years ago

July 18th is anti-bigot day.

Also, it appears the deer have discovered my tomato plants. The dirty b@st@ . . .!

Leslie Swearingen 4 years ago

Oh, now, fess up, you are just fattening them up. I may go out there, wherever out there may be, and tell them of this nefarious plot. Or, keep them all at home with me during the dire season.

pace 4 years ago

I love shunganunga, played in it as a kid.

RoeDapple 4 years ago

Predictable comes to mind . . .

Mary Darst 4 years ago

ominous..... 2nd favorite word. Can't put down my 1st favorite word.

Terry Sexton 4 years ago

There are many so it's hard to settle on just one. It's like asking g_rock to pick a favorite beach or Roe to choose a favorite firearm.

Currently, in the insult category, I like 'jag-a-lope.' Somedude20, I think it was, brought that one to my attention. Also, it's like George Burns says in 'The Sunshine Boys' - 'P' words are funny. If you're in a bind, spit out some 'P' words. Pickle is a funny word.

somedude20 4 years ago

Jag-a-loon: "Any one adult person who engages in acts of a mentally retarded child. Someone who clearly demonstrates a lack of commitment to maturity and the responsibilities that come with it." FYI, I learned it from the movie "Step Brothers"

RoeDapple 4 years ago

"Screw it. I'm going to crack open a beer, sit down, and wait for Babboy's response." - T_O_B

Flippin' comes to mind

LadyJ 4 years ago

I can tell you my least favorite word right now, hot.

somedude20 4 years ago

succulent moist cumbersome scrumptious disingenuous mesothelioma (thank you TV commercial) compassionate conservative

somedude20 4 years ago

I also like these words: hangers pillows orbs frost detectors double lattes hooters traffic stoppers Double Whoppers frontal lobes knockers Chi Omegas bowling pins twin peaks beach umbrellas melons cans

Sheryl Wiggins 4 years ago

conflagration or ebullient or maybe melancholy

trinity 4 years ago

is slanderjelly considered one word? if not-then I choose egregious.

Phoghorn 4 years ago

Step 1. Go to Youtube and look up "Bobby Knight Explains His Favorite Word".

Step 2. Sit back and enjoy.

WARNING: Not safe for work!

Phoghorn 4 years ago

As for me, I like the word "propellant".

Sheryl Wiggins 4 years ago

culchie and/or malaka are two favorites as well

riverdrifter 4 years ago

Words I use when discussing the guvnor: Jackalope Jerkbait Tinhorn

Leslie Swearingen 4 years ago

Did not see this when I commented below. Used the same word twice. I lose. But, there will be a next time, my friend.

goodcountrypeople 4 years ago

epiphany--but the experience of enlightenment is obviously not relevant to life in KS.

Terry Sexton 4 years ago

Based on your avatar & your attitude, I bet you spend a lot of time looking in the mirror.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years ago

My fanny you are, I know good country people, and you ain't one. Now, have fun with that.

verity 4 years ago

I would agree with quixotic, but I can't pronounce it.

verity 4 years ago

I think the cat's still dead. Or do I have the wrong principle?

Leslie Swearingen 4 years ago

The cat is both alive and dead, it phases in and out like the Higgs Bosum.

verity 4 years ago

That made me laugh! Thanks, frankie.

verity 4 years ago

Wrong cat.

Ode to Spot (composed by Data in anapestic tetrameter)

Felix catus is your taxonomic nomenclature an endothermic quadruped carnivorous by nature your visual, olfactory and auditory senses contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses . . .

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion . . .

verity 4 years ago

The posting faeries took out all my line endings. I am enraged.

pace 4 years ago

Bangboard, heard it picking corn. have used it in scrabble twice.

trinity 4 years ago

Oh Oh Oh! Thought of a word I love&have to ask the pronunciation every flippin' time I want to say it-QUINOA, lol. Bruschetta, anyone? ;)

trinity 4 years ago

THANK you bcman! :) I do like the stuff!

Mike Hatch 4 years ago


Least favorite: stool.

"Do I take this stool softener internally or just apply it directly to the stool?" --Pickles Oblong

Leslie Swearingen 4 years ago

Red-eye gravy, to those unaccustomed to the nobler things in life, requires first a good, well-cured country ham. Smithfield and genuine Virginia hams are ideal for this.

Take a slice of uncooked ham with most or much of the fat left on. Fry the ham in its own fat until nicely browned on both sides. When it is cooked, transfer the ham to a warm platter and add boiling black coffee to the skillet, scraping to dissolve the particles that cling to the bottom and sides.

That is red-eye gravy, which you pour over the ham and serve.

The name "red-eye gravy" (sometimes referred to as "red-ham gravy") derives from the fact that a circle or oval of liquid fat with a slightly reddish cast will form on the surface of the gravy when it is reduced. This is the "eye" of the name.

Recipe Source: Southern Cooking by Craig Claiborne (Times Books)

Kyle Neuer 4 years ago

Smegma Spasmodic Frog or the far flung Isles of Langerhans.

riverdrifter 4 years ago

Don't even get me going with oil field slang; to wit: a 'choke' is the same thing as a 'nipple'.

Stephanie Hull 4 years ago

Halcyon -- love the way it sounds and what it means.

beatrice 4 years ago

I also like that word they had everyone spell at Woodstock.

Gart 4 years ago

Favorite word..."What?" Selective or cognitive. This word works. Great for letting small crap that I do not want to deal with go... A caveat, "Sorry, I just can't hear ya"....Works most of the time, but not all of the time. Am careful with that one.

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