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Colorful Words

Postby AkivaLane » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:35 am

About 20 years ago, I started collecting ‘colorful’ words. I realized that some words sound a bit funnier and
have a somewhat greater emotional impact than others.

Some examples: aghast, amok, begrudge, besmirch, bliss, bogus, chafe, coy, crave, cringe, dawdle, dote, dwindle, eke, feisty, ferret, fester, festoon, fickle, finagle, finicky, flabbergasted, flutter, foible, frazzled, frenzy, frolic, frumpy, garble, gawk, gibberish, glimmer, glitch, gloat, gruff, guffaw, hubbub, ilk, irk, lush, mayhem, mollify, mull, nab, ogle, paltry, pander, penchant, plight, plummet, posh, pummel, quibble, raucous, ravage, rebuff, rubble, scoff, scour, scrimp, scrounge, sham, shenanigans, sizzle, splurge, spree, squalid, squeamish, squelch, squirm, sully, surly, swath, throng, thug, thwart, trounce, trudge, woo, zeal.

Whenever I read or heard a colorful word, I added it to my list. By 2001 I had about 200 such words. But the
list was burned up on 9/11 because I worked in 7 World Trade Center, a building that came down in the afternoon.

So I continued to compile the list. As of now, I have almost 1190 words, all gems. I had been thinking of making an
illustrated book. But then I thought of making a website!
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Re: Colorful Words

Postby pls » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:10 am

I'll move this to a more appropriate forum
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Re: Colorful Words

Postby MercedezThomson » Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:54 am

Wow! It's an amazing list! Have you heard about word Hiraeth? It means "homesickness for a place that doesn't exist". It's not really bright but I think it has beautiful colors in it.
Hi guys! My name is Mercedez as you can see! I love writing and having fun with words. I like researching things. Like how does a plane fly. Or how does paraphrase generator work. Or what is the deepest point in the ocean.

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Re: Colorful Words

Postby TwoStepCharlie » Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:53 am

MercedezThomson wrote:Wow! It's an amazing list!

It certainly is. My goodness.

Unrelated: some words which give me fits are
'hierarchical' and 'seize', and 'hierophant'

For some reason I always misspell them at first stroke of the keys. 'Seize' in particular. What makes 'seize' exempt from the "i before e" rule?
Blow up the bridge?!

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Re: Colorful Words

Postby williamadams » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:37 pm

one of my favorites is

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Re: Colorful Words

Postby Oldtimer » Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:47 am

TwoStepCharlie wrote:
MercedezThomson wrote:Wow! It's an amazing list!

It certainly is. My goodness.

Unrelated: some words which give me fits are
'hierarchical' and 'seize', and 'hierophant'

For some reason I always misspell them at first stroke of the keys. 'Seize' in particular. What makes 'seize' exempt from the "i before e" rule?


Did you hear about the feisty neighbor of a deity - having much leisure time on his hands - who questioned the appointment of an heir to the deity's kingdom? The deity was not immortal, and he had not long left to reign. The neighbor feigned to be impartial as to who became the deity's successor, but in fact he favored a being of a certain height who was fair to look at, but who wasn't very intelligent. Moreover, he was prone to seizures and had varicose veins. The neighbor threw all his weight into canvassing for his nominee, while drawing a veil over his choice's inadequacies. Weird, wasn't it? :mrgreen:

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Re: Colorful Words

Postby TwoStepCharlie » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:34 am

Ha! That's really choice. Humor in a jugular vein, there....
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Re: Colorful Words

Postby The Fantastical » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:26 pm

I love odd or unusal words myself. So far I have gotten a small collection Some of my favorites are -

Autolatry - It means to worship or be in love with ones self. I just love it

Bumfuzzle - To confuse, it just sounds wonderful on the tongue. "I was totally bumfuzzled today!"

Argle-bargle - A copious but meaningless amount of talk or writing

Barmecide - Illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing, all had one of these... some things are just to good to be true!

Blatherskite - a person who talks at great length without making much sense

Callithumpian - like a discordant band or a noisy parade, how can you not love a word like this?
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Re: Colorful Words

Postby paula-hicks » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:41 am

I realized how those words work after published my first book. They had really big impact on people who read it.


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