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Started by RosyLovelady on Jun 26, 2018 8:42:33 AM
Weird Words

Tell us the words which irrationally make you laugh, or give you the creeps, or seem to give a false impression of their true meaning.

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RosyLovelady - 26 Jun 2018 08:43:02 (#1 of 104)

You know: like gusset, lagoon and febrile.

Delighted_User - 26 Jun 2018 08:45:31 (#2 of 104)

It's very hard to use eschew seriously, or without someone saying, "Bless you!" but I periodically make the attempt.

RosyLovelady - 26 Jun 2018 08:47:57 (#3 of 104)

I would like to make a parenthetical plea for people to shut the fuck up with all that "bless you" carry-on. It's neither funny, clever, nor effectual.

mingmong - 26 Jun 2018 09:01:04 (#4 of 104)

The word prurient has a nose-wrinkling quality that makes it sound like it should belong with words such as prudish, prudent, or even puritanical

Of course it means quite the opposite. Though to my mind, it will always have a slight Victorian Dad quality about it, as in "These disgusting lewd pictures! I shall take them away and examine them carefully in my study!"

Dayraven - 26 Jun 2018 09:05:18 (#5 of 104)

I would like to make a parenthetical plea for people to shut the fuck up with all that "bless you" carry-on.

Things people say just before being excommunicated.

Delighted_User - 26 Jun 2018 09:09:29 (#6 of 104)

Enervate sound as though it should mean invigorate rather than its opposite, at least with the modern and etymologically irrational stress on the first syllable.

RosyLovelady - 26 Jun 2018 09:10:44 (#7 of 104)

In a similar vein, I one met a bloke who thought emasculate meant to make oneself more macho.

levelgaze - 26 Jun 2018 09:13:40 (#8 of 104)

Palimpsest. Limn.

Delete them both.

Sabacious - 26 Jun 2018 09:15:39 (#9 of 104)

Pleonasm and neoplasm. Grammatical and biological correlates of each other, sort of.

Dayraven - 26 Jun 2018 09:21:26 (#10 of 104)

Delete them both.

Can't I just overwrite palimpsest?

RosyLovelady - 26 Jun 2018 09:27:47 (#11 of 104)

Arf

levelgaze - 26 Jun 2018 09:31:08 (#12 of 104)

Tsk!

browserbutton - 26 Jun 2018 09:32:36 (#13 of 104)

If I have fungible feet, should I sprinkle some powder between my toes?

Delighted_User - 26 Jun 2018 09:34:53 (#14 of 104)

Some words only look odd after you learn something about them. Supersede and dreamt are the only words in English that end in -sede and -mt respectively, for example. Once you find that out, it's hard to see them in the same light.

RosyLovelady - 26 Jun 2018 09:37:14 (#15 of 104)

Ew, I hate dreamt. It looks like a simper in print.

RosyLovelady - 26 Jun 2018 09:38:52 (#16 of 104)

Someone on another thread just mentioned dirigibles. Now there's a comical word.

Delighted_User - 26 Jun 2018 09:40:53 (#17 of 104)

I wonder if there are any other words where eam is pronounced as em. There probably are, but I can't think of any, unless you count realm and ignore the L.

browserbutton - 26 Jun 2018 09:51:43 (#18 of 104)

The River Leam, that runs through Leamington, comes to mind.

Delighted_User - 26 Jun 2018 09:56:01 (#19 of 104)

Leamington itself, for that matter. But proper names are more likely than ordinary words to exhibit anomalies.

RosyLovelady - 26 Jun 2018 09:56:39 (#20 of 104)

Hm, I'm not sure place names count, but never mind, This thread embraces diversity.

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