Favorite word

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  1. mr_post22

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    So, every year, regardless of the subject, I have students write their favorite word on the survey. They are always like "Really?! You are making me think on the first day of school! This is too much!"

    Mine is antidisestablishmentarianism. When I spell it and define it on the board they are in a state of shock for a lack of better words. Than, when I say it, they flip out. Than I tell them they will be able to say it be the end of the year and I had one class pull out theur schedules and this was the conversation
    "I thought we was in regular"
    "No. You are in English 1 Honors"
    "Can I move to regular?"
    "NO!!!!"
     
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  3. 2ndTimeAround

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    Cute!

    But would you really prevent a student from switching classes when he signed up for a different level?
     
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    "Antidisestablishmentarianism" makes for a fine exercise in both morphology and history, but I'm partial to both "floccinaucinihilipilification" and "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis".
     
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    Does it have to be some foreign million letter word?
     
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    Mine is short, but always makes me smile--kerfuffle.
     
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    LOL! It's so funny you referred to that huge word! Just yesterday, I was telling my students that when I was 5, my dad offered me a nickel if I could spell that word. I sounded it out and spelled it, received the nickel, and thought I was rich! Thanks for sharing! :lol:
     
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    I love that word!
     
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    Not unless you feel like you have to pick one of those for a quick "look what I know!" self-esteem boost.
     
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    I love "kumquat". I've never actually eaten one, but the word itself is delicious. :whistle:
     
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    I always asked my students their favorite word from each spelling list. I also asked them to find favorite phrases or sentences from their reading and to record them in their reading journals. I love words and wanted to show them that that was possible.
     
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    Mine is "flee!" It always just makes me smile to say it. My students laugh because when I'm telling a history story, people never run, they never escape, they never leave, they always "fleeeee!"
     
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    My favorite words in French are:

    pamplemousse (pahm pluh moos) = grapefruit, I just love the way it sounds, so much nicer than the English equivalent!

    and

    poubelle (pou bell) = garbage! what a beautiful word for a not-beautiful thing. I feel like this word sums up French culture for me (The ability to make anything sound beautiful, not the garbage itself) :)
     
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    I love the word avuncular. I learned it from a book (I don't remember which one) I read in middle school and used to impress my teachers by infusing it into my essays. I thought I sounded very impressive using such a big word. ;)
     
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    Mine is serendipity.
     
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    Haha. I like that word. I can imagine students laughing at that.

    I don't have a favorite word (as far as I can remember), but there are at least a few words I can't stand. I don't think it's the sound of the word, though, so much as the concept behind it, and the word's overuse to propagate the concept...
     
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    Petrichor
     
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    What a cool word! I am stealing that one.

    This has been a fun thread, if somewhat random. TGIF!
     
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    This is going to make me sound like a sadistic psychopath, but one of my favorite words is Schadenfreude. It's German for 'the pleasure you get from someone else's misfortune/pain.' I just think it's funny that they have a word for that :lol:
     
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    AHH!!!! Another pamplemousse lover!!! One of my favs! The other is pantoufle.

    In English my favourite word is noodle. I just think it's fun to say.
     
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    That is not my rule, it is the counties rule. They all have the scores to be in Honors, so that is what they will stay in.
     
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    Today my favorite word is weekend.
     
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    My favorite word is Ellen. :) That's my mama's name.
     
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    I don't often watch Two and a Half Men, but your post brought this dialog to mind:

    Rose: I've been riddled with glauckenstucken ever since.
    Charlie: Glaucken what?
    Rose: Glauckenstucken! It means feeling guilty for having felt schadenfreud.
    Charlie: They have a word for that?
    Rose: Well, not yet, but I'm hoping glauckenstucken catches on!​
     
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    I love this word! I can't remember when I first heard it. Somewhere along the line some teacher of mine (high school? college?) assigned us to disect it into root words, prefixes, and suffixes and come up with a definition based on the meaning of the sum of the parts. Oh, and it had to be understandable to a 4th grader (so no copying out of the dictionary). What I came up with was "the state of being against rebellion" and I can't find it in a dictionary even now.
     
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    Frindle ?
     
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    I love to show my class how fun words can be. Some of my favorites are digit, tweezers, and bladerdash.
     
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    Oh, second ONLY to kumquat (my favorite since high school) is "onomatopoeia". I cannot spell it without help, but it's such a fun word because it inspires some fantastic noises.
     
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    I love the words lechuga (Spanish for lettuce), cacahuate (Spanish for peanut), and shenanigans. Saying them always makes me smile.
     
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    I learned that word in 5th grade
     
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    I'm partial to the word "copious".
     
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    The true test of a beautiful word is whether it's beautiful independent of its meaning.

    For instance, I've always thought chlamydia is a beautiful word, but only if you divorce it from its meaning.
     

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