Current favourite word?

wordsmythe wrote:

For those feeling abused by corporate misuse of language, you may be interested in Unsuck It, a dictionary for groupspeak. Warning: It's fairly crass.

Oh, here's some corporate speak from my work: Boundarylessness

Yay!

We have to fill out a section in our yearly review explaining our boundarylessness.

Yay!

I don't see how you can say that Mr. Potato Head's eyes and feet, say, are fungible.

(somewhat belatedly): right, fungible means that any piece of something is the same as any other piece of the same size/weight, and can be substituted freely. Commodities are often fungible (copper bars, say, or 24k gold), where manufactured goods never are -- my Toyota is not exactly identical to your Toyota, even though they're both the same model with the same options. If we suddenly swapped cars, we'd probably notice.

Not sure if I mentioned it before, but a long-time favorite is one that Charles de Lint picked up, "svaha". According to him, in one of the Native American tongues, it has the literal meaning of the moment between seeing the flash of lightning and hearing the thunder, and carries the connotative meaning of "the time of waiting for promises to be fulfilled."

garion333 wrote:

Oh, here's some corporate speak from my work: Boundarylessness

Yay!

We have to fill out a section in our yearly review explaining our boundarylessness.

Yay!

Merciful Allah.

I think that if I had to fill such a thing out, I'd learn Esperanto again, just so I could fill it out in Esperanto.

And then I would pull out a sword and gut myself, right there.

Hypatian wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Oh, here's some corporate speak from my work: Boundarylessness

Yay!

We have to fill out a section in our yearly review explaining our boundarylessness.

Yay!

Merciful Allah.

I think that if I had to fill such a thing out, I'd learn Esperanto again, just so I could fill it out in Esperanto.

And then I would pull out a sword and gut myself, right there.

After years of broadening my every horizon, my only remaining boundary is death.

The path is clear.

I'm totally using that.

Bulbous bouffant
Macadamia
Gazebo

But my real word that I love to see thrown about is preternatural. It's just a lovely word on some levels.

Discombobulated. It describes my state most of the time.

Edit: Coincidentally, also a chapter title in Mortal Kombat.

floogleflaven

A totally made up word that makes my four year old daughter collapse with giggles.

'Boundarylessness' was one of our core values at work too! I think it's been dropped for something else equally inane but I honestly don't pay that much attention.

On the list of core values if I ever start a company: "Proper treatment of the English language".

Hypatian wrote:

On the list of core values if I ever start a company: "Proper treatment of the English language".

You mean Dictional Hospitality?

This threads resurrection now has me keeping an ear out for great words (I'm not sure whether to be annoyed or pleased :P).

Unctuous
Gallivanting (as in: Where is he? Oh, he's out gallivanting.)

Thoroughfare. Came across it in a book and finally realized I don't really know what it means. Now I do. Thanks, iBooks and your integrated dictionary!

Stultifying

Frankenstein is full of wacky words! Here's another one:

sedulous

avggamer wrote:

cluster f***
Yeah maaannnnn...

Suggestion: don't post on GWJ while stoned out of your gourd.

Ramshackle and dilapidated.

You can almost see the houses they were looking at when they came up with those words.

Yeah maaannnnn...

Jackanape. It's the nickname I've given to one of my parents' cats.

Effervescent
The way it just rolls off the tongue...

Echelon

as in... "Upper echelon"

Post-prandial

What? Next you're going to tell me that not everyone knows what "houngan" means.

Hypatian wrote:

What? Next you're going to tell me that not everyone knows what "houngan" means.

I got an extensive education in voodoo terminology from playing Gabriel Knight

Loup-Garou: "Loo-Ga-roo"

Spoiler:

Werewolf - for the non-french speakers

frangible

toss up between 'cyclopean' and 'ineffable'

krev82 wrote:

toss up between 'cyclopean' and 'ineffable'

Sounds Lovecraftian to me.

'Obfuscate'.

Because I like its many attributes and the way it combines its elements, not to mention the way the word sounds, as well as its long history.

And yes, I know that was a run-on sentence rather than genuine obfuscation. But it's late, and I'm too tired for verbiage.