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Inside The TiB Studio: What Is Your Favorite Word?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rob4Broncos, May 23, 2011.

  1. Rob4Broncos

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    One of my favorite television shows of all-time is Inside The Actors Studio. For those who aren't aware: it's a sit-down interview with various actors (and a few directors), conducted by James Lipton, in which "actors cease being stars for a while and become artists and teachers." At the end of every interview, Lipton will ask his guest the same ordered list of 10 questions. I've felt for a while that it would be fun to do a variation of that questionnaire on this board for a week. Its open-ended nature would be sure to provide some interesting responses.

    Focus: What is your favorite word?

    Anti-Focus: What is your least favorite word?

    My favorite word has always been why. For as long as I can remember, it always has been. "Because it just is" or "that's just the way things are" have never, ever been satisfactory explanations to me. I'm still that annoying 4-year-old, all grown up, constantly questioning the origins of everything I experience. This behavior has also made me a big fan of questioning correlation and causation. Being wildly fascinated with human psychology, I also enjoy the concept of "why" because it's part of Jean Piaget's Intuitive Thought Substage, in which young children first start to ask the simple, 3-lettered question that every parent soon grows weary of. Learning to construct questions that begin with the word "why" represents (what I consider to be) the most important step in cognitive development.

    My least favorite word, if I had to pick only one, is probably guido. I hate the way it's spelled. I also hate the way it sounds. But most importantly, I hate everything that word represents. Type it into Google Images and you'll see what I mean.
     
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    Favorite Word: 'Aforementioned' is my usual answer, but lately I'm partial to 'disambiguate.'

    Least Favorite Word: Probably 'honor,' but only when used as a verb and in the simple present: "Bob honors Kathy."
     
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    Don't have a favourite word, I don't think.

    I fucking HATE "broseph", or any variation thereof. It immediately conjures up a mental image of a thrice-popped collar and some douche bag pick up artist type that makes me yearn for the ability to "tase him bro".

    Worst part? One of my business partners uses it constantly. Because he knows how much it bugs me.

    Fucker.
     
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    Least favourites: Like, umm and basically. These are verbal ticks that people use when they suddenly find themselves giving a public address and they are unfamiliar with how to do it. Nothing makes you sound dumber than peppering your speech with these. Additionally, it is a way of speaking in the passive voice (which I dislike intensely). Saying something along the lines of, "I think that is a bad idea," is way more direct and ballsy than coming out with some variation of this abortion: "So, umm...are you, like, sure that's what you wanna do?" I hate these ticks. Don't even get me started on raising the inflection of your voice at the end of each sentence so that it sounds like a question. Again, it's the passive voice and more common amongst women than men. It ruins English when you do that.

    Another word I hate is mind-boggle or any conjugation thereof. It's a word bad authors use when they've already used "amazing" in the previous sentence.

    Favourite words: I've always been partial to "below." I like how it sounds and how it looks on the page. Also, adequate is better than sufficient, but I can't tell you why. It just is.
     
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    My least favorite word is ignorant, because so many people use it incorrectly it is absurd. It seems anymore if you disagree with anything you're just ignorant and don't understand.

    To steal a cliche, my favorite word is fuck, simply because it is the most versatile word in the english language.
     
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    When did you guys get so PG.

    My favorite words change every couple of months. Cunt seems to be the most recent one I can think of. Only because my roommates new puppy is acting like a little...well cunt.

    Alt. Focus: Loyal Just because I think of it only as a dog trait when I hear it.
     
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    My usual answer for "favorite word" is gargantuan. It's spelled so silly but so much fun to say. Say it now. Gargantuan.

    My least favorite word is... pus. I fucking hate people saying it out loud, I hate spelling it, I just hate it. I have no idea why, it just makes me make that "eugh" face whenever I hear it.
     
  8. Judas

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    I've gotta go with the crowd favorite if we are including curse words. There is nothing better than just blowing off some steam by screaming "FUCK!" Plus, repeating it just makes it better...as in "fuck you, you fucking fuck!"

    As far as real words (not curse words) I do enjoy the word moist. (Hee hee)

    My least favorite word is ridiculous, simple because in 4th grade I remember it was an extra credit word on a spelling test. I didn't notice the teacher had started collecting the papers and once she got to me I asked her to wait for me to finish writing the word. I couldn't decide whether or not it was rediculous or ridiculous, and I settled on the former. Then as she picked up the paper she said "That's a tricky one, people miss it a lot."

    FUCK!
     
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    This thread is PERFECT. I was thinking about words that people hate, last week. A real popular word that people hate is "moist".

    For me, the combination of "moist" and "crevice" fucking makes me gag. Moist crevice. Ughh.

    Favorite words:

    - Vernacular
    - Coherent
    - Rapture (Maybe because it makes me think of Bioshock, rather than this weekend's Rapture fail)
     
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    Discombobulate and Transmogrify are my usual favorite words. Transmogrify has been a favourite ever since I heard a cop use it in court when recounting the defendant's explanation of how he came to be holding a firearm. Discombobulate just rolls perfectly.
     
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    I've always been partial to the word defenestrate, which means to throw something out or through a window. I think it has something to do with it being one of those words I ran into a few times and glossed over before looking up the definition. Given my lack of familiarity with Latin, I had no hint of an idea as to what it meant. Now it holds a certain je ne sais quoi for me
     
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    Best: Slice. Mmmm, slice. It feels good to say, it sounds nice, and it's usually followed by pie or pizza.

    Worst: Sneakers. I just think sneakers is a really lame word - no idea why.
     
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    Durej beat me to it. Cunt is quickly becoming my profane word of choice. It's versatile and it's offensive.

    Agreed. That's what I was about to post. I hate bro and its variants because when I hear one of those words, I see two jackasses with popped collars fist bumping because of their shared love of competitive flying disc games and Jägermeister.
     
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    My favorite word is "god." Notice the lack of capitalization, as Im not referring to a specific god, but the concept of god(s) in general. Why is it my favorite? Because it's only a 3 letter, monosyllabic word, but look at all the things it has represented to humanity throughout history. No other word has had nearly as many things, for better or worse, done it's name (for whatever meaning or belief is attributed to it).

    Least favorite word? "Staycation." I don't know if it's actually a word, but it's hawked off as an advertising gimmick every summer. It sounds so incredibly stupid, than my IQ drops each time I hear it.
     
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    Sometimes I always get into lengthy discussions with my friend, and I always seem to inject these words into conversations: Counter-intuitive and fetus. They aren't favorite words but they seem to pop up often enough.
    Twat is my favorite insult. It is short, sweet, and to the point! TWAT!

    As far as words I intensely dislike, I hate the words moist and drippings. Like Dcc, I also dislike it when people pepper their dialogue with the word like. It is a verbal tick that a lot of 30 and youngers have acquired. It makes it seem to me that you spend a lot of time talking and not a lot of time thinking. I will admit that I do it on occasion but it is fairly rare now as compared to about 7 year ago. Hearing how stupid people sounded when they spoke that way was inspiration enough for me to make a concerted effort to stop.
     
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    Favorite word: Either cunt or twat. Much less common and even more offensive than fuck. I absolutely love it when someone is so frustrated or pissed that they use one of these words. The English are especially crafty with them and part of my soul cheers every time I hear either of them used.

    Least favorite word: Appropriate. Teachers in elementary school hammered us with this word in elementary school and I cannot stand it. Appropriate is over used and it just sounds weird.
     
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    favorite word?
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    least favorite word?
    Ironic (when said by someone who doesn’t understand the meaning)
     
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    Favorite Word: "But" - it so versatile and allows to say pretty much anything while allowing room for wiggling later on. A must have.

    Least Favorite: "Kismet" - this makes me want to punch the utterer of this stupid fucking word.
     
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    Fucker. I call my dog, friends, customers, and people in traffic "fuckers". "Hey you fucker, don't shit on the neighbors lawn." "These fuckers better order something this week." "I'm at the bar. Where are you fuckers?"

    Indeed. I've used this for years and only know two other people that use it in everyday conversation. It's useful when someone tells you some boring story that you already know the outcome to and ends the story with a semi-rhetorical question. "Blah, blah, blah... girlfriend... cheating... pissed... I should totally break up with her right?" Indeed.

    Haphazard. Just always liked the way it looks and sounds. I speed read but this word makes me crush the brakes and evaluate the way it's being used.
     
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    The word I hate the most is drama. I hear it too often, in any variation where it fits with "I hate the drama in my life" type of statements. It always seems to me that the person saying this word is usually the best source for or fails to correct whatever is causing this "drama."

    Cool words? Fuck. George Carlin put it best. It's a word that can fit anywhere.