Friday, February 15, 2008

Calling All Words!

I started a list of my favorite words (on the left of the screen) and I'd appreciate more suggestions.

This list is intended to host words in the English Language that are underused or under appreciated and conjure up some kind of unusual feeling or imagery or are just plain fun to say.

2 comments:

Jeanne said...

Brackish: adj.
1. Having a somewhat salty taste, especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water: "You could cut the brackish winds with a knife/Here in Nantucket" (Robert Lowell).
2. Distasteful; unpalatable: a thin, brackish gruel.

[From Dutch brak.--for salt]

...its just one of the "ish" words that are fun.

Jeanne said...

berserk:
–adjective 1. violently or destructively frenzied; wild; crazed; deranged: He suddenly went berserk.
–noun 2. (sometimes initial capital letter) Scandinavian Legend. Also, ber·serk·er. an ancient Norse warrior who fought with frenzied rage in battle, possibly induced by eating hallucinogenic mushrooms.
[Origin: 1865–70; < ON berserkr, equiv. to ber- (either *ber-, base of bjǫrn bear2 or berr bare1) + serkr sark, shirt, armor]
—Related forms
ber·serk·ly, adverb
ber·serk·ness, noun

—Synonyms 1. violent, mad, maniacal, rabid, demented, lunatic.
—Antonyms 1. rational, calm.