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2012-09-23 11:34:25 AM
TEAM MOIST
 
2012-09-23 12:31:44 PM
Bigot
 
2012-09-23 12:32:51 PM
Copacetic
 
2012-09-23 12:37:29 PM
cromulent
 
2012-09-23 12:39:47 PM
snollygoster
 
2012-09-23 12:43:51 PM
pontificate
 
2012-09-23 12:49:22 PM
I wish they had found room in there for skullduggery.
 
2012-09-23 12:49:51 PM
Kumquat
Discombobulate
Skullduggery
 
2012-09-23 12:52:12 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com

Is "crap hole" one word?

/Yes, if it's hyphenated
 
2012-09-23 01:08:24 PM
Undulating would've owned if it got the invite.
 
2012-09-23 01:30:48 PM
All our best words are loan words, and mostly German:

backpfeifengesicht
schadenfreude
blitzkreig
doppelganger
zeitgeist
 
2012-09-23 01:35:00 PM
tup (v) - To copulate with a ewe.
 
2012-09-23 01:55:43 PM
"Twitterpated" had a chance before Twitter came along. My grandmother used it to describe a silly person who seemed to have birds in his head.
 
2012-09-23 02:13:22 PM
The word set has the longest entry in the OED, therefore set sets a set point high above any set of words you can set against set.

/Practice safe sets.
 
2012-09-23 02:14:31 PM
For your consideration...

...gulch.

*bows*
 
2012-09-23 02:16:03 PM
Always been fond of apocryphal.

/no, truthfully
 
2012-09-23 02:21:04 PM

axeeugene: All our best words are loan words, and mostly German:

backpfeifengesicht
schadenfreude
blitzkreig
doppelganger
zeitgeist


Happiness at the misfortune of others, that is German.
 
2012-09-23 02:21:20 PM
squegee
 
2012-09-23 02:23:16 PM
List fails without kibosh.
 
2012-09-23 02:32:17 PM
addle
agog
alacrity
amok
bleb
bloop
canard
crud
debone
deft
dibs
eke
fetid
flophouse
flub
freeboot
gaffe
gagman
gist
gob
hagride
hapless
hepcat
hex
hobo
hoecake
hokey
hoodwink
hubbub
ilk
imp
irk
jab
jackboot
jakeleg
jitters
jot
jut
kook
lam
lax
lazybones
leggy
lick-spittle
lickety-split
lippy
logy
lop

Kerfuffle is one of those words, like bespoke, that will cause me to cancel magazine subscriptions.
 
2012-09-23 02:40:27 PM
defenestrated
flatulent
vivisectioned
 
2012-09-23 02:43:42 PM
Quim
 
kth
2012-09-23 03:13:45 PM
Beer.

or Sex.
 
2012-09-23 03:36:56 PM
fisticuffs
 
2012-09-23 03:39:40 PM
Bollox.

Hands down, the best word in any language.
 
2012-09-23 03:43:04 PM
Funny, most of those are words that English stole and filed off the serial numbers. They're probably "popular" because they don't quite fit the usual sound mosaic used in more boring words that came straight through from Old Saxon or Old Norse, but they're familiar enough not to be "furrin".
 
2012-09-23 03:51:56 PM

Anderson's Pooper: defenestrated
flatulent
vivisectioned


Good call. Also:
Immurement
 
2012-09-23 04:00:58 PM
It bugs me when people say a foreign word "had no English translation." If that's the case then we steal the word. It's really simple. "Saudade is a unique Galician-Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English." Yeah whatever Wikipedia. You know what the English word for "Saudade" is? It's "Saudade." That's English now. Piss off you Galician-Portuguese ethno-lingual farks. We'll steal anything we want.

Anyway, "Diphthong" is a good winner.
 
2012-09-23 04:11:15 PM

Sgt Oddball: Good call. Also:
Immurement



Be honest, did you just learn that word yesterday in another Fark thread?
 
2012-09-23 04:12:15 PM

Rent Party: Bollox.

Hands down, the best word in any language.


I've only seen it spelled 'Bollocks".

And the hands-down winner is...

fark
 
2012-09-23 04:14:06 PM
Fark corrected what I think everyone knows I really meant.
 
2012-09-23 04:25:34 PM

Foxxinnia: You know what the English word for "Saudade" is? It's "Saudade." That's English now.


"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary." -- James Nicholl
 
2012-09-23 05:03:39 PM

RogermcAllen: Sgt Oddball: Good call. Also:
Immurement


Be honest, did you just learn that word yesterday in another Fark thread?


In all honesty, no, but it did remind me. I was a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe in my youth and first ran across the word in relation to "The Cask of Amontillado" which still gives me the occasional nightmare.
 
2012-09-23 05:07:27 PM
I've always been partial to lugubrious and its verbal form lugubricate.
 
2012-09-23 05:18:19 PM
As one of my favorite Farkers once said "each invader bukkaked their influence all over the language."
 
2012-09-23 05:29:31 PM
What? No joy for antidisestablishmentarianism?
 
2012-09-23 05:53:07 PM
semprini
 
2012-09-23 06:14:47 PM
List fails without Cattywampus
 
2012-09-23 06:15:32 PM
Okay, but what's your favorite word that sounds dirty but isn't?

/tutelage
//especially if someone's under yours
 
2012-09-23 06:17:44 PM

pseudologue: Okay, but what's your favorite word that sounds dirty but isn't?

/tutelage
//especially if someone's under yours


Gesticulate.
 
2012-09-23 06:36:00 PM
Dipthong? Really?
 
2012-09-23 06:38:00 PM

The_Sponge: TEAM MOIST


I can't believe moist wasn't even in the "M" bracket.
 
2012-09-23 06:50:17 PM
Exigency
Invincible
Legerdemain
Dinosaur
Yip
 
2012-09-23 06:51:17 PM
Cellar-door?
 
2012-09-23 07:17:03 PM
Orgasm
 
2012-09-23 07:45:22 PM
Gubernatorial
 
2012-09-23 08:40:01 PM
Sad no one called me for 'Crepuscular' or 'Absquatulate'
 
2012-09-23 09:09:09 PM
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary." -- James Nicholl


English is the language of the conquered.

It has bits and pieces of languages of people who conquered England since those people had to talk to their conquerors.

So it is the other way around, other languages pursued English down alleyways, conquered them, and stuffed their vocabulary into the English languages pocket.


English of the past though is not the English of today and the English of today is not going to be the same as the English of tomorrow.

There is an English that isn't English spoken by those who have never met a real speaker of the language. It uses English words and bastardized versions of English words, but uses foreign structures and locally popular non-English words. I wonder if that is the future of the English "language".
 
2012-09-23 09:39:24 PM
no cucumber? :(
 
2012-09-23 10:02:52 PM

Cymbal: pseudologue: Okay, but what's your favorite word that sounds dirty but isn't?

/tutelage
//especially if someone's under yours

Gesticulate.


Masticate.
 
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