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!!!! Great Words for Everyday Use

 
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We're into July with all the busyness of fruit ripening, heat waves happening, and new skills a-learning. Jay Angler here with a hodge-podge of useful threads (is hodge-podge still a word, or did I just date myself horribly?)



Saw this in Jay's email today and thought great word.  Most people get it without looking in the dictionary or needing to turn the concept into a sentence to explain themselves.  Yep, in my lexicon is still a great word albeit hyphenated.  My go to words are detritus meaning debris, accumulations and litter, in general untidiness by way of junk that us blokes ( insert me)  collect over a lifetime, and synergistic which is where the amount achieved by a group is greater than each individual could achieve on their own.  One hours gardening by 6 people achieves more than 1 person gardening for 6 hours - synergy

Some of these words are handed down through families over generations and so form part of the normal conversation.
And then there are the OMG, you have gotta be jokin'  words such as phenomenological, meta-paradigm and otorhynolarangologist.

What are your go to words that are great and what are your OMG words that absolutely prove the user is obviously a [insert own profanity here]  
 
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A word that my husband has taught to our 7- and 3-year-old is "obtuse". They use it about us and each other, pretty funny stuff.

I am a big vocabulary person, product of long years of isolation with precious little but books to occupy me. However, despite the more intellectual words I've learned and loved over the years, my true favorites are words like "shebang" "thingamajig" "doodad" "fiddle-faddle" "caterwaulin'" n such.

Some of the all-time bests for me are the scientific names of my favorite micro-life--saccharomyces cerevisae (beer yeast) has the most musical ring to it. Leuconostoc mesenteroides, thought it may not create the most beautiful ferments, has the nicest rhythmic feel when spoken. I had an idea once upon a time to write a choral piece based on the names of these microorganisms that interplay so dynamically with our food. Maybe someday when miniature people don't need me for everything all the time...
 
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Your husband would never use obtuse about you.  He probably says you are acute [LOL]
 
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Marie Abell wrote:my true favorites are words like "shebang" "thingamajig" "doodad" "fiddle-faddle" "caterwaulin'" n such.



I haven't watched The Simpsons for at least ten years, but I routinely hear Kent Brockman's voice asking "Poppycock or Argle-Bargle?" whenever I encounter something absurd.

"Caterwaul" is one of my favourites, too.
 
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I'm a fan of "conundrum".

There aren't many words I dislike, but I cringe when words are used incorrectly.  Writing "loose" when the person means "lose", as in "I always loose my car keys".  Using "literally" incorrectly immediately makes me think less of anything a person has to say after that.  I'm struggling to overcome that one.  I have enough of these that I'm more comfortable spending time with my dogs than conversing with humans.
 
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I am hearing you Trace, I was taught that if you misplace something,you lose the "o".  My really big one is people who say "pacifically" when they mean specifically or "aks" instead of ask.
The bloke across the road was always looking for his hooranger!
 
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There is one word that I hate.  It's hard for me to even type it.  "Moist"  *shudder*  That word gags me.

I don't understand "hooranger".
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:I don't understand "hooranger".



It is just what he called everything: "fetch me the hooranger from off the bench".  So one had to know what he was doing to give context to what the hooranger might be.  It could be a spanner or fencing pliers or anything else.
 
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Marie Abell wrote:............. my true favorites are words like "shebang" "thingamajig" "doodad" "fiddle-faddle" "caterwaulin'" n such.



You forgot "hurley-burley".....     ;-)      As a plant pathology afficianado, I've always  liked the names of plant diseases like "Coconut Cadang Cadang viroid" or "Potato Mop-Top Virus".  Just think if, for the common cold, instead of calling it Human Rhinovirus C it instead was named "Human snotty goober virus"..... LOL



Trace Oswald wrote:There is one word that I hate.  It's hard for me to even type it.  "Moist"  *shudder*  That word gags me.  



I like to pair the word 'moist' with 'slacks' to yield 'moist slacks'........ double-shudder!          :-)
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