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Old 08-30-2007, 11:56 AM
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Words that sound pretty, but their meanings are not

I think anemia and urea are beautiful words to say. They have a musical quality, IMHO. However, saying "urea" over and over again as a meditation mantra is a bad idea, trust me.

Are there words that sound good to you, but don't say often because they're inappropriate or obscure?
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:04 PM
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Yersinia
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:11 PM
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:13 PM
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"Chlamydia" would make a lovely name for a girl.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:17 PM
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"Chlamydia" would make a lovely name for a girl.
I thought the same thing about "Ambergris".
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:35 PM
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Syphilis, diarrhea, and lesion. Mmmmm.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:40 PM
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I once read that some experts selected "cuspidor" as the most beautiful word in English. Something that holds spit.

Yersinia is a great one.

Effluent is another one that rolls off the lips, but has unpleasant connotations.

Sailboat
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:50 PM
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:17 PM
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Grotesque.

Sounds elegant. It's not.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:25 PM
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There's someplace around that uses Candida as a business name. Granted they are a biotech firm and all, but still.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:33 PM
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Fallopian - one of my favorite words to say!
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:35 PM
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Asbestosis.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:41 PM
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Fallopian - one of my favorite words to say!
Mine too!

Angina.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:42 PM
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Yonic - not really dirty but good sound and a useful word to know
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:45 PM
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At the other end of the scale is the word "pulchritude," which just does not sound like what it means.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:53 PM
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At the other end of the scale is the word "pulchritude," which just does not sound like what it means.
As well as "fecund".
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:01 PM
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Dementia sounds like a Greek goddess.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:03 PM
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:05 PM
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Dysentery

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Cyanide

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Old 08-30-2007, 02:06 PM
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:09 PM
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Gonorrhea.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:11 PM
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Bulbous Bouffant
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:00 PM
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:24 PM
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Anathema.
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:27 PM
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Mistral (a dry, cold wind)
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:55 PM
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Veruca.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:10 PM
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tyranny (a favorite for years)
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:15 AM
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And, in honor of George Costanza:

Manure.
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:44 AM
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Melena. It just sort of flows off the tongue and sounds like it should be a woman's name (I think I've even heard of it being used as such). Except, it means bloody feces.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:02 AM
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Alexia... such a pretty name for a little girl. Or a brain disorder.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:35 AM
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Alexia... such a pretty name for a little girl. Or a brain disorder.
Bwahahaha - I actually have a friend named Alexia. Should I tell her about this?

Ah, who am I kidding? We all know I will.
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:36 PM
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Bulbous Bouffant
Blubber
Macadamia

Gazebo.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:17 PM
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Grotesque.

Sounds elegant. It's not.
It's even more so with grotesquerie.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:39 PM
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Tourette Syndrome. It sounds like a diabolocal urge to ballet dance.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:54 PM
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"Atrocious" is a very pretty word, to me.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:55 PM
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Well, there is what I would love to name a kitten if it didn't mean what it does: Skanky.
It just strikes me as a cute, kitteny-sounding word, but I can never use it.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:58 PM
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Lubrication.
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:08 PM
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:10 PM
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There's someplace around that uses Candida as a business name. Granted they are a biotech firm and all, but still.
And then there's Candida Royalle, the porn star. Seriously, you want people to think of yeast when they think of you?
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:44 AM
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Say lavatory door with a Antonio Banderas accent.
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Old 09-01-2007, 11:54 AM
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Abattoir, sounds bucolic until you live near one!
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:51 PM
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Tourette Syndrome. It sounds like a diabolocal urge to ballet dance.
'Asperger' is another one in the same vein which is a delight to pronounce.

So is 'sour', certainly when compared to 'sweet'.

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Alexia... such a pretty name for a little girl. Or a brain disorder.
Are the pronunciations not different?
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:36 PM
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Juvental (Hu-ben-talll!)

I got this name stuck in my head from some frickin' half a second credit flash off of some ogdamned TV show. The name is Spanish and this one's a grip or writer or who knows what... it was such a short flash as to be subliminal.

But anyways, the Zorro in my head thinks it is the most texturous and epiphonic word of all languages. The processor just keeps repeating it over and over- rolling the L's, soft palating the T, stressing the Hu, putting it together taking it apart... Get out! Get out! Get out!

Apparently, Juvental is also a pharmaceutical brand name for the beta blocker Atenolol.

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Old 09-01-2007, 01:53 PM
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I've always like the word amphetamine.
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Old 09-01-2007, 02:14 PM
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Addendum:Juvental is probably the Iberianization of one of the two Saints Juvenal or maybe the Satirist Juvenal.
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Old 09-01-2007, 02:20 PM
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My absolutely most favorite word is puce. It comes from the color of a squashed flea!

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Old 09-01-2007, 04:54 PM
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The reverse of this would be words with nice meanings that sound nasty. J.R.R. Tolkien thought the word sky had an ugly sound, and he made skai a word in Orkish.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:50 AM
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There's someplace around that uses Candida as a business name. Granted they are a biotech firm and all, but still.
Candida (candid in Spanish) is a popular name around here.

I also like manure. In my head I pronounce it with a French accent. Carrion also sounds like some elegant French word.

Castrate sounds like an ancient Roman emperor.

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Old 09-02-2007, 11:17 AM
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I've always thought the French word "poubelle" was pretty.

Poubelle! Pouuubellllle. Pou... belle. It just rolls off the tongue.

It is the word for "garbage can".
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:23 AM
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Proboscis. I just love the flow of hard sounds.
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