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What's your favorite uncommon word?

3 years ago by 8mm with 34 comments

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  • Fuyu
    +7

    "Indeed." Although I'm not sure how uncommon it is. I love it because it naturally bleeds into your speech patterns the more you're around someone who says it. I picked it up from a Youtuber who picked it up from another Youtuber, and several of my friends have picked it up from me. It's the only word I'm familiar with that has that kind of "life" to it.

    • Wenjarich (edited 3 years ago)
      +3

      Unfortunately the word "like" has this ability too. I never used to be a user of the recurring word "like" but over the years have become fairly bad with it. I have also noticed a lot of people who do it as well and that includes people in the professional world. It is a scary infiltration of the correct use of our language. I was horrified the other day that I had even used it in the incorrect manner in a text message. We face a war we don't even know we are losing. :P

      Edit: It would seem another enemy of the English language is the use of typing with phones. It feels as though no matter how cautious I try to be in typing my messages, I always end up with at least one bazaar mutation of a word I intended. I have however deliberately limited the auto-correction on my phone as I find that although I don't get mutations anymore, I get words that have absolutely nothing to do with the intended word and in fact it reaches a point where it seems like my phone is deliberately trying to sabotage my messages. I'll also admit that I have not really given swipe typing a chance.

  • TwoADay
    +5

    abhor

    It's such an ugly and hateful sound; it fits its definition perfectly.

  • Wenjarich (edited 3 years ago)
    +5

    floccinaucinihilipilification
    ˌflɒksɪˌnɔːsɪˌnɪhɪlɪˌpɪlɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
    noun: rare
    the action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

    I love this word because I always have to google it to remember how to spell it and to prove to people it's actually a word. One of my greatest achievements that I have never been able to replicate, and my brothers dont believe me, is that I once got my voice recognition on my phone to type it with correct spelling when I said it.

    As far as I understand it is pronounced. ..

    Flocky - nocky- nuh - heelee- peelee- fi - kay - shin

    • Amulet (edited 3 years ago)
      +3

      Had to check the dictionary. :)

      mid 18th cent.: from Latin flocci, nauci, nihili, pili (words meaning ‘at little value’) + -fication.

      The Latin elements were listed in a well-known rule of the Eton Latin Grammar.

      Usage: Floccinaucinihilipilification is one of a number of very long words that occur very rarely in genuine use.

      • Wenjarich
        +2

        Haha, most people insist on it and then are surprised it is a real word. I have yet to meet someone who has simply taken my word for it. To be fair though, I didn't believe the person who told me so there is that :P This is why I love the word though. It so embodies what I love about the English language. It's like practicality is a side thought that those who built the language take into consideration only if said practicality is convenient to the situation.

  • Matime
    +4

    Indubitable - my dad always used it when I was growing up and so its grown on me. It just means without doubt or question.
    Definition

    • Kysol
      +4

      This is why I love this word now.

      • Wenjarich
        +1

        That was one of the most enjoyable sportsman interviews I have seen. I would probably become a huge fan of any sportsman who truly did this sort of thing in all of his/her interviews. :D

    • Wenjarich (edited 3 years ago)
      +4

      I like this word and shall now begin to use it. Especially when I am in my state of weirdness when I feel the urges to be as verbose as possible for the simple cause of silliness. Some may feel that this affliction falls upon me too often in life but it brings, to my person, a bubble of child like joy when I allow a touch of youthful nonsense to befall upon my heart. I thank you for adding to the words I can call upon in these time. :)

      Another time when verbosity must take the priority in my speech, is when I must take on my true persona as Sir Wenjarich, the Pencil Knight. It is a serious thing to be a knight and so with it comes the responsibility if serious language. What more appropriate way to depict the serious silliness that is a knight of the order of pencil, than to use verbosity and a foul mockery of the English tongue of old to create a wonderful fliw of nonsense that in itself still holds meaning! This my friend I tell you is the calling of Sir Wenjarich, the Pencil Knight! I bid thee a fair day.

      Slams sword into hilt, hops onto his saddle, nods once, then spurs his horse onward. Making sure to hold on tight this time!

      • Matime
        +5

        I think I love you.

        • Wenjarich
          +3

          Your affections, aimed at my person, Sir Wenjarich, the Pencil Knight, are most pleasing indeed. You clearly have a heart for the joy of inflicting excessive yet intelligible nonsense upon those who have the pleasure of audibly or visibly consuming said nonsense. There is always an honour to be felt when meeting another who feels kinship to such a cause and so it is my pleasure to say unto you, "I too, am with the feeling of strong positive and warm emotions, of a non-romantic manner, that is indeed aimed at your person, Matime, the...., uh...er....man who has indeed not provided a title!"

          Takes a bow, salutes, begins to march off, trips and lands on his face. Clambers to his feet embarrassed and makes as if sneaking off unnoticed, while armour clanks loudly.

          • Matime
            +3

            Sir Wenjarich, come back this instant! I cannot bear to be without a presence such as yours in my vicinity for even the briefest of moments. Your company brings me joy and laughter. I wish to be able to embark on voyages and share pleasantries more often, for to me you are an outstanding knight, with an aura as opulent as all the treasures in Smaugs keeps. Please accept my commendations as an entreaty for our continued jovial companionship.

            Smiles with his hands behind his back, quietly watching Sir Wenjarich stumble and waiting for his response.

            • Wenjarich
              +2

              I am humbled by your words kind sir! I am but a simple knight, championing the pencilness of my profile's complexion. I am but a human, a human set upon a mission of making others occasionally smile with with a tactically placed level of bazaar eccentricity and general tom foolery. I am not worthy of such ire that is placed upon my head, there are real heros of the silliness I try to mimic. If you truly seek to witness verbosity used in a fashion that proves wit and childish wackiness all in one package, I implore you to take the time to watch "A bit of Fry and Laurie. "

              I truly feel the weight upon my heart, of the loss of those two working together to create laughter.

      • Rhumanity
        +3

        awww somebody has an admirer... teehee

        • Wenjarich (edited 3 years ago)
          +3

          Never had a fan before, what does one do now? I think I'll take the advice I once heard from a wise animated penguin.....

          just smiles and waves...

  • thraenthraen
    +3

    Well, "defenestration" (the act of throwing something or someone out of a window) and "tintinnabulation" (the ringing sound of bells) are my favourite words, but they're probably too rare to be simply uncommon.

    • Wenjarich (edited 3 years ago)
      +2

      I think I too went with a rare word rather than an uncommon word. In fact I am unsure how to use my word in a sentence but it is such a deliciously unnecessary word not to have mentioned it :P I really like yours too. Words like these are part of what I love about the English language. It's like practicality is a side thought that we take into consideration if it is convenient to the situation. :D

      Consiquently, this is why I love british comedy skits designed around using stupudly verbose language to discuss completely mundane things. This has been done very well a few time in the show "A of Fry and Laurie."

  • frohawk
    +3

    Herbal.

    Maybe I'm just too into tea at the moment.

    • CuppaMatt
      +3

      Dude, I find that statement personally offensive...... you can NEVER be TOO into Tea.

      • Qukatt
        +1

        well except for that guy who had to go into hospital with all sorts of symptoms turned out he had bergamot poisoning from drinking 4 litres of earl grey a day.

  • zendpy
    +3

    "Besmirch" = damage the reputation of (someone or something) in the opinion of others.

    I don't like the meaning of it, but i love the sound of the word.

  • zowievicious
    +3

    Vex. As horrible as most people find it, I loved Robin Hood Price of Thieves when I was a kid. The scene when the sheriff is fuming, stabbing violently at the table and his witch calmly asks, "Something vexes thee?" Gets me every time.

    • PushPull
      +1

      Or in Gladiator, when Joaquin Phoenix's character says "I'm vexed. Terribly vexed."

  • sushmonster
    +2

    Ennui. It's really fun to say and perfectly describes a very specific state of mind I often find myself in!

  • PushPull
    +2

    Miasma.

    Two uses for it. First, a highly unpleasant odor or vapor. Second, a unpleasant or oppressive atmosphere.

    Quick story regarding it's use by me. I walked into the restroom at work when they were having plumbing issues, and I mentioned to my coworker there that there was quite the miasma in the air. He replied, "I don't know what you're talking about, but it smells like burnt piss in here!"

  • Kysol
    +2

    Viscosity - The viscosity of a fluid is a measure of its resistance to gradual deformation by shear stress or tensile stress. For liquids, it corresponds to the informal concept of "thickness". For example, honey has a much higher viscosity than water.

    It mixes in with conversation rather well.

  • NstealthL
    +2

    Perturbed. I absolutely love this word, and it's also so much fun to say and use in every context. He was perturbed by the forces around him. The perturbation of his soul was palpable. Perturbing forces. Seriously. I saw it in a paper once, and now I just see it everywhere.

  • Qukatt
    +1

    Susurrus - the word for the sound of the breeze rustling through the trees. :)