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Words that just sound interesting May 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 12:45 pm

Have you ever come across words that just sound interesting? There are those sweet words that sound a bit musical, or words that are multi-syllable and sound ambitious. Or, there are simply those words that are intriguing to the ear regardless of what they mean.

Here’s a list of some of the words I find interesting. Please join in and comment on words you like to hear.

carillon (this word sounds just like the bells it represents)

ambidextrous

melancholy (when I was small I thought this was another type of dog) 🙂

cyclic

polyester (the word sounds more interesting than the material feels)

pernicious

tabernacle

chameleon

prestidigitation

fortuitous

fruition

palladium

mountainous

fickle

clickety (and clackety, as these words are seldom used individually)

mundane (sounds too nice to mean something common)

gerbil

egregious

despicable (Who among us hears this word without picturing Daffy Duck saying it? It’s a word that must be spoken with a sufficient amount of spit behind it, don’t you think?)

gregarious

lilliputian

catapault

larynx

and my favorite totally made-up word is: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Oh, that reminds me of another word that suits me to a T: precocious!

 

3 Responses to “Words that just sound interesting”

  1. Chris Says:

    callipygian
    plethora
    unctuous/smarmy
    pithy
    abysmal

  2. auntlelo Says:

    Really, Chris, I would never have guessed that callipygian referred to well-formed buttocks! You just learn something new and useful every single day.

  3. blue artichoke Says:

    I really like words made of other words smashed together:
    heretofore
    wherewithal
    hereafter
    likewise

    One of my favorite English words is discrepancy. I worked it into every paper I wrote in college, and most I wrote in grad school.


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