Wednesday, April 19, 2006


It's been a while since we challenged the audience on cool vocabulary words. In fact, I think the last one was Ms. Wanda's idea, and the post was entitled Thirteenismic. In that one, we were trying to come up with tridecalogisms, or thirteen letter words. Harkening back to the opening days of The Realm of Possibility, there was the Six Pack of Cool Chat post, asking for each person to come up with the best list of six cool-sounding words. That's really the one I want to explore more now that we have a few more folks that come around.

What I'm looking for is cool-sounding words from the English language. Here are examples of some words that have been mentioned already in the Six-Pack post:

my original list: wanderlust, harbinger, subterfuge, effervescence, penultimate, quintessential (I later exchanged quintessential for effigies)
ken's comment: ellipses, chitterling, frisky, pugilist, dipthong, published (which is a cooler idea than word)
codepoke's (I think our first commenter) list: misogyny, prestidigitation, onomatopoeia, kathmandu, defenestration, crackback

Now, to be cool, a word doesn't have to have three jillion syllables. A word like "glade" can be cool. In my opinion, a word worthy of making the Vocabu-Lysteria list should be one that evokes images of what it might mean, even if you have no idea what it truly does. Sort of like the Balderdash game.

Now, I have to say, just from reading over past comments and posts/comments on his own blog, codepoke is predisposed to being very good at this game. Anyone who fires off words like "iconoclast" and "misogyny" in their regular speech patterns probably has a leg up on guys like me. So the challenge, more than anything, is to beat codepoke at this game.

The only rule is that the words are real, which would discount ones such as: "supercallifragilisticexpialidocious." For this post, it doesn't have to be six of them. It can be one word or eighty in the comments, or anything in between. And comment as frequently as you like when you come across a cool word. Nothing like expanding the ol' vocabulary to start off a Wednesday (or any other day).

Good fortune.


Rich said...

By the way, I should mention that Shorde from Thinklings had a post a couple days ago called, "Apophasis," which spurred my thoughts on cool words. So hat--tip to Shrode for that.

Just, fyi, apophasis is defined: Allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned, as in I will not bring up my opponent's questionable financial dealings.

So I'm not telling you guys that I think I can come up with more cool words than any of you, including codepoke.

Rich said...

Uh, there is no Shorde at Thinklings (which I wrote in the comment above), at least none I've ever heard from. My bad. It's Shrode at Thinklings. Sorry about that.

DugALug said...

Rich, I was wondering how this is different than say... poopy-doopy?

Anyway: Here is my list-o-6:

1) Visceral
2) Apocryful
3) Iconic
4) Lycanthropic
5) Galvanized
6) Asphyxiate

Hmmm... I wonder what kind of novels I've been reading lately... lol.


Rich said...


That's easy. Poopy-Doopy was an awful post. This one is quite clever.

Got it?

DugALug said...


Thanks, that really clears it up for me.


Rich said...

Always a pleasure to clarify. No problemo.

DugALug said...

Am I it for the realm today?

Wow! This is a first!

Since I am solo here... I declare myself king of the realm today!

Hooray for me!


Rich said...

Errrrrr... stop right there!

After that last comment, you're the two of clubs here in The Realm today. Have to work your way up, you know.

P&S said...


DugALug said...


Well you gotta start somewhere!


codepoke said...

Life keeps getting in the way of the stuff that matters!


I knew it! All Rich's flattering head games threw me off.

I'm such a failure.

Rich said...

Well, if Ken's going with "sanguine", then I've got to support:

phlegmatic (as in: I've got a cold and have been coughing up a lot of phlegmatic.)


festschrift (as in: I can't wait for Octoberfest, when the big festschrift hoedown takes place.)

ampersand (as in: I plugged my electric bass into my ampersand.)

orifice (as in: Get off your orifice and get to work.)

endomorph (as in: Mystique from the X-Men comics is an endomorph.)

Five is enough for now.

DugALug said...

Codepoke -

I grant you immunity from this challenge.

Ken -
fulrum is good one. I like it a lot. A full point for you.

Rich -
To the dregs with you and your silly-accent.


P&S said...


You silly, little poseur. You pompous usurper. You deuce of the dark flower.

Only I, and I alone, have the power to award points. BWAH-HA-HA-HA. Besides fulcrum was codepoke's word.

DugALug said...


I guess that is why I am a king-in-training. Thank you, Baby! Thank you very much!

Ken it is to the racks for you. You whiner of incredible depth. You have been demoted to court jester. Your point has been stricken from the books.

Codepoke, please forgive my freshman oversight. The realm and all of its inhabitants salute you. You shall receive 5 extra points, as well as Ken's point and my humblest apologies.


Rich said...

Sounds like deuces are wild.

DugALug said...


I'd prefer being the joker.


Rich said...

And I'd prefer being the Batman... but what you are is the two of clubs, so get used to it big boy.

However, as top commenter OTW for many of the weeks, you probably will get a promotion sooner or later.

How does the three of diamonds suit you?

Rich said...

Oh, and some more words, since these are what the post is about:

dross (how's that for a one-syllable word?)

and this one's enjoyable when we all say it together - 1, 2, 3, EVERYBODY:


one more time just for fun:


I know you're giggling out there, somewhere.

DugALug said...


I don't think I like your tone. Off with the pinky-fingernail. But it is, afterall, your blog. I shall try to restrain my regal comments.

Back to the actual point of this post! How about:



P&S said...

Effervescent... Hmmm, that sounds familiar. Another quintessential gaffe? You're starting to exacerbate me.

How 'bout:

faux pas
and titular?

Maeghan said...

Hey Rich, this is really cool. I know I am late in the game. But I will contribute anyway :) I'll be back!

DugALug said...

More noise from the peanut gallery and yet another faux pas from moi?! It is so presumptive of you to think that I was so lackadaisical or possibly amnesic not to see that Effervesence wasn't already sighted. I am sure you won't let me live this boo-boo down and accuse me of being a titular head.

I am thinking of the gallows with you and your juvenile attempt at humor doesn't intimidate me.

How about these:


I stick my tongue out at you.


Maeghan said...

these are mine :)


Maeghan said...

Rich, i just realised 2 of my 6 pack is the same as yours :)

Rich said...

Which can only mean they're ultra-cool words, right Maeghan?

By the way, I dropped by your site. It's awesome. Keep on keepin' on!

Maeghan said...

Definitely ultra-cool!
Thanks for dropping in and your kind words. I have just started blogging not long and learning some html on the way!

WandaV said...

How about...

yodel odel odel (help! can't stop!)
DreamTag ;o)

I'll think of something else, later, I'm sure.