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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

In Honor of National Grammar Day

Our language has over 400,000 words. That’s a lot of words. Many are commonplace, like “sandwich” or “cable.” Many are used very infrequently, like “cloaca” or “subterfuge.” My favorite word is “effervescence” – the only word with five es each separated by two consonants. Words are amazing. And yet, there are some words that – while they are not dirty in and of themselves – well, simply sound dirty. They’re the kind of words that make educated Beavises and Buttheads snicker. Here now is a far-from-complete list of some of the words that just sound dirty.

• Doppelganger
• Mumps
• Finagle
• Mastication
• Spelunker
• Flagella
• Kumquat
• Moist
• Dangling Participle
• Pinochle
• Carpetbagger
• Flugelhorn
• Sloop
• Stimulus
• Package
• Stimulus Package
• Moist Stimulus Package (okay, now we’re getting ridiculous)
• Smorgasbord
• Nebbish
• Plethora
• Thwart

Special thanks are due to Kathy for assistance with this project. And Robin Williams too.


Blogger Howland said...

I've always like magenta. Always makes me think dirty. But lots of stuff makes me think dirty. You always make me think dirty...mainly cause I like your butt.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Mistress of Life said...

Now that I'm in nursing school I have a whole new vocabulary. I love that. I just taught someone today what Doppelganger meant coincidence... I think not. Hope you are well.

4:26 PM  

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