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Old 04-17-2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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Which is the coolest-sounding word in your language?

Since you people read a lot, I'm sure you've found a lot of cool words which sound great on anyone's mouth.

What is the coolest one in your language?

Personally, I just found the spanish "almojarifazgo" irresistible. Ok, it means "tariff", but it's just so abstrusely long and euphonic that it makes me squeal.
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:11 PM   #2
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I'm fond of Waimarama, a Maori word that means bright/shining/glimmering water. It flows off the tongue like the water it describes. I gave this name to a small stream in my books.
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:24 PM   #3
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Since you people read a lot, I'm sure you've found a lot of cool words which sound great on anyone's mouth.

What is the coolest one in your language?

Personally, I just found the spanish "almojarifazgo" irresistible. Ok, it means "tariff", but it's just so abstrusely long and euphonic that it makes me squeal.
When I took German in college, the entire class was much enthralled with "Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung" (speed limit).

English...there's a popularly held, or at least widely quoted, belief that "cellar door" is the most euphonious phrase.

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Old 04-17-2010, 06:42 PM   #4
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I've always been taken by "palindrome" - but may have been influenced by the line from Monty Python - "The palindrome of Bolton is notlob".

"Mellifluous" is also quite...well, mellifluous.
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:53 PM   #5
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I don't know why but I've always loved the word oak. it feels good when I say it... weird huh?

I love in German hubschrauber (almost certainly misspelled) which is helicopter. my kids and I used to go... "hub! hub! hub!" (and it's more hoob than hub!), and also regenschirm, umbrella
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:30 PM   #6
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Years ago a government agency did a survey of elementary children in the USA and asked them to pick out the prettiest girl's name from a list -- the overwhelming choice was "diarrhea" - and no, I'm not making this up. The list was made up of medical terms.
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:46 PM   #7
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Years ago a government agency did a survey of elementary children in the USA and asked them to pick out the prettiest girl's name from a list -- the overwhelming choice was "diarrhea" - and no, I'm not making this up. The list was made up of medical terms.
that would be something that a "poohbear" would think of
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that would be something that a "poohbear" would think of
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that would be something that a "poohbear" would think of
speaking of which, shouldn't you be a bear and not a chicken little? I've often wondered about that!
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:11 PM   #10
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After giving it some thought, I have chosen the word cool. Onomatopoeia?
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:26 AM   #12
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After giving it some thought, I have chosen the word cool. Onomatopoeia?
It would be a synecdoche.
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