Word Lists

Favorites in Sound and Meaning:

investigate
sinister
textual
nebulous
complexity
interlacement
clatter

Least Favorites, Because Apparently I Hate the Letter U:

thumb
slurp
munch
flesh

Words my Students Need to Look Up:

novel
fiction
story
poem
drama
thesis
except
accept
metaphor

Typos I Cannot Stop Making:

sotry for story
explainging for explaining

And as a Related Bonus, my Least-Favorite Currently Overused Phrase, Because Please Stop Trying so Hard:

an historic

What are your words?

8 Comments

  1. Nice words:
    moose
    architecture
    mastodon
    spy
    martingale
    zoo
    calculus

    Disliked words:
    moratorium
    moribund
    algebra
    bonus
    calisthenics
    evangelical

    Phrases I can’t stand:
    “must needs”
    “in the sequel”
    “we show that”
    “the data suggest”

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  2. J – I am glad moose is on your list. I love moose. Also, I have to say I love “moratorium,” too. I love to declare a moratorium on something ridiculous. For example: “I am really sick of the gym shorts everyone wears to class here. I declare a MORATORIUM on GYM SHORTS!” [Bang fist on table.]

    S – No, actually I don’t mind “flush” too much, but “flesh” is just….awful. The worst is when a recipe calls for the “flesh” of the fruit or vegetable. I want to barf just thinking of it.

    Also here is a very IMPORTANT ADDENDUM to the LEAST FAVORITE WORDS:

    curd
    pudding

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  3. Least favorite word:

    Moist

    There is no other awful, really. I do have an aversion to the word special, with many thanks to Rosa Shand for that.

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  4. Words I like when spoken:
    shiny
    crinkle
    crackle

    Words I like for their appearance:
    aether
    eon
    serendipity

    Words I dislike seeing or hearing:
    gouge
    mush
    mildew
    fungus

    and now I think I can add “curd” to that list.

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  5. I like crackle too! Undulate is another good active verb that seems onomatopoeic to me. The word I am obsessed with in my academic writing is infrastructure.

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