Colorful Words

Posted By: AkivaLane

Colorful Words - 07/27/16 07:09 AM

About 20 years ago, I started collecting ‘colorful’ words. I realized that some words sound a bit funnier and
have a somewhat greater emotional impact than others.

Some examples: aghast, amok, begrudge, besmirch, bliss, bogus, chafe, coy, crave, cringe, dawdle, dote, dwindle, eke, feisty, ferret, fester, festoon, fickle, finagle, finicky, flabbergasted, flutter, foible, frazzled, frenzy, frolic, frumpy, garble, gawk, gibberish, glimmer, glitch, gloat, gruff, guffaw, hubbub, ilk, irk, lush, mayhem, mollify, mull, nab, ogle, paltry, pander, penchant, plight, plummet, posh, pummel, quibble, raucous, ravage, rebuff, rubble, scoff, scour, scrimp, scrounge, sham, shenanigans, sizzle, splurge, spree, squalid, squeamish, squelch, squirm, sully, surly, swath, throng, thug, thwart, trounce, trudge, woo, zeal.

Whenever I read or heard a colorful word, I added it to my list. By 2001 I had about 200 such words. But the
list was burned up on 9/11 because I worked in 7 World Trade Center, a building that came down in the afternoon.

So I continued to compile the list. As of now, I have almost 1190 words, all gems
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: Colorful Words - 07/27/16 04:18 PM

I, too, collect words. Not as many as you, however. Getting to
use them is the trick.

Posted By: AkivaLane

Re: Colorful Words - 07/29/16 09:02 AM

I don't know the etiquette of this forum - is it possible trade emails?
Posted By: wofahulicodoc

Re: Colorful Words - 07/29/16 10:51 AM

I'll offer you two more for your list of colorful words, on behalf of former Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz. They were his two favorite words, he said.

eleëmosynary - linguistic precursor of "alms"


phantasmagorical - a double-dactyl, if you're into such things...
Posted By: wofahulicodoc

Re: Colorful Words - 07/29/16 10:52 AM

(P.S. Click on the flashing envelope.)
Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: Colorful Words - 07/29/16 03:56 PM

Akiva: as wofa said above - click on the flashing envelope at the top.
Posted By: A C Bowden

Re: Colorful Words - 02/09/18 04:18 AM

Some more good words:

Posted By: LukeJavan8

Re: Colorful Words - 02/09/18 05:04 PM

there is a university in Witwatersrand
Posted By: A C Bowden

Re: Colorful Words - 02/13/18 01:03 AM

Witwatersrand means "ridge of white waters" in Afrikaans, in reference to the waterfalls there.

Schiermonnikoog, an island off the coast of the Netherlands, means "Grey Monk Island".

Ftatateeta is a character in George Bernard Shaw's play Caesar and Cleopatra.
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