Friday, February 8, 2008

Wordsmiths

I love words. Some more than others. I'm certain I have posted before about the letters and sounds strung together that I like. I know that discombobulate has been mentioned. Twice. I love the sound of that word.

Apparate is another favorite. I love that Harry Potter and this word sounds as magical as the action. And wouldn't it be absolutely lovely to pop in or out, just by uttering a simple word.

The dear Sussanah has given me a great affection for the term "slacktart". I love it. The imagery, the descriptiveness. I love saying: "Cause I'm a slacktart ____________."

Smock. Smock. Smock. Just fun to say. Smock. Smock. Smock.

My dad even invented a word of his own. Flustrated. A combo of the words frustrated and flustered. When he gets upset he throws his hands up and his hair sticks out and he says: "All right. I'm getting "flustrated."

Ice Box. Okay it's two words but one term. My grandparents always called the fridge the "ice box". "There are cokes in the ice box." Harkening back to the days when a big hunk of ice actually was brought in once a week to keep the food cool. My grandfather actually drove an ice truck in the 1930's for his father, who owned the local ice plant.

Southern words: ma'am and ya'll.

7 comments:

M said...

One of our family words is: Fozzy. As in "I feel all Fozzy", which refers to a state of mind where you can't quite get it together - not quite sick, not quite fuzzy, perhaps a little flustered.

The kids used to love it but now as they get older they hate it and just say "Muuuum, that's not a real word!"

bluemountainsmary said...

I like ice box too (and discombobulate) - ice box is very evocative.

I invented one yesterday - I told the kids a story had been all over "MyFace" - obvious confusion but we agree it wasn't a bad combination!

Aunty Evil said...

I love words that sound like what they are.

Crinkle.
Shatter.
Tinkle.
Splinter.
Crackle.
Fart.

Stomper Girl said...

Oh! You are so right! Smock is a lovely word.

Fairlie said...

I've just commented a couple of days ago over at Frogdancer's about this exact topic - she got her year 10 students to write poems with great sounding words. Quite a list of words there.

One of my favourites is lasciviousness - it sounds exactly like its meaning.

soozadoo said...

You know you are the second person this week to mention 'slacktart'. I didn't realise other people didn't use it.

I love the word shirty and whinger.

Are they Ozisms? Melinda you spend so much time with Australians you need a dictionary.

Anonymous said...

I also like the way words/phrases feel. That's why I like the RHCP song Give It Away. If you say giveitaway, giveitaway, giveitaway now it feels really good in your mouth.
:-) Nell

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