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Colorful Words

Postby AkivaLane » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:35 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

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

Postby MercedezThomson » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:54 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 work. Or what is the deepest point in the ocean.

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Re: Colorful Words

Postby TwoStepCharlie » Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:53 pm

Blow up the bridge?!

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Postby williamadams » Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:37 pm

one of my favorites is

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Postby Oldtimer » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:47 am

Read samples of my Martian series (by Dorothy Piper) and two romances (by Joni Havel) on Smashwords.
Hard copies of all are on Amazon.

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Re: Colorful Words

Postby TwoStepCharlie » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:34 am

Ha! That's really choice. Humor in a jugular vein, there....
Blow up the bridge?!

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Re: Colorful Words

Postby The Fantastical » Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:26 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 9:41 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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