Which is your favorite english word and why?
Ones in a while i come across some great english words
and often i question myself what they mean(since i am not a native english speaker).
Today i saw the word OXYMORON.
I think it is a nice word, but don't understand the meaning of it.
So, if we all place our favorite English word and if possible the meaning of the word, we all learn a bit more, and thus can write better articles.
So my favorite word of the day is oxymoron.
An Oxymoron is a figure of speech where two contradictory terms are used together.
Examples would be:
Poor Little Rich Girl
My favourite word is Sarcasm
Deriving from a Greek word meaning “to strip off the flesh,” sarcasm is caustic, cutting humour in the form of ironic praise, or speaking oppositely in order to wound.
Scottish people use this form of humour quite extensively, and I enjoy it greatly.
Being sarcastic would be telling a lazy person not to work too hard.
My favorite word is " Naughty" meaning:
Suggestive of sexual impropriety or badly behaved or mischievous! It is also an adj. and I enjoy using many of those.
Naughty is my word and is my mark here at HP when someone misbehaves.
It's much more acceptable than the alternative However, if a bang my thumb with a hammer, I'll be choosing some more elaborately expressed diction.
My favourite word isn't because most people aren't sure what it means, my favourite word is the word: QUEUEING.
It is my favourite because it has the most consecutive vowels in one English word.
I like queueing too, but then I am English!
I also like words that sound nothing like you spell them, an example being the surname, Featherstonehaugh (which is pronounced Fanshaw).
You've just got to love the language!
My favourite word is simply: lovely.
I say that word about 50 times aday.
Saying thank you - "that's lovely"
complimenting - "you look lovely"
checking students work - "that's lovely"
meeting new people - "lovely to meet you"
on the phone - "lovely to hear from you"
Its just a lovely word.
Tomorrow is my favorite word. The chance to do the things I didn't do today.
I dont know why, just am drawn to it
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis This is my favorite English word. I learned this word when I was 2, my dad thought it would be cool if I could pronounce the longest word in the English language. It is a lung disease. People were pretty impressed. The spell checker says it's spelled wrong, it must not be in the dictionary.
My favorite word has always been, "integrity". Not only do I like its meaning, but I like its spelling and sound. It sounds strong and yet has a certain elegance to it. It has four syllables (so would seem like a long-ish word), and yet it is a very simple word.
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - used as a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English.
My 12-yr old daughter and I love to say this word fast again and again. We had fun twisting our tongue by this word.
i have always liked the word beautiful..... when we were about 8 and we had spelling test our teacher taught us to say
B*e*a*u*t*i*f*u*l... as a lot of us just could not remember how to spell it.... sometimes i think of her when i see it written...
Althogh we all know it's meaning i will go and check dictionary definition.....
we all I feel should do more of it to ourselves & others...
i have a few that stand out.
"Pariah," for one. it means outcast, but i find it interesting that this particular word sounds so similar to the word messiah, which of course means savior or liberator.
There's also "malleable," which means flexible or adaptable. I like the way this rolls off the tongue, but I also like its meaning. Adaptability, after all, is essential to survival and progress.
Last, but not least: "Antidisestablishmentarianism." It means, strangely, 'the opposition to the belief that there should not be an official church in a country,' but I didn't know that until looking it up just now. I learned this word from an early nineties nickelodeon show called Doug (one of the students is able to spell the word effortlessly despite being less than 10 years old). For some reason, it stuck.
Wow thanks everybody for these great responses
You see, we are all learning new things, great.
and thanks for the explenation for oxomoron.
I like 'effervescence.' Its the word used to describe when liquids bubble, like champagne or beer etc.
My favorite English word this past few days is "whisper" I just love the fact that the way you say it is actually the same as its meaning...
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