Great word, and instructive of the extent to which attention spans have collapsed - from the whimsical double-barreled “frobly-mobly” to the onomatopoeic exhalation that is “meh”…
On a related note, Susie Dent is famously nauseated by the word “moist”, which as well as asking more questions than it answers, means that she suffers from a mild form of “onomatophobia” or fear of specific words.
Questionable psychological phenomena that they are, phobias are a goldmine for lexicologists, formed as they usually are by tortuously convoluting assorted Greek and Latin roots into awkward chimaeras, such as “hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia” - which is alleged to represent fear of the number 666…
My daughter is similarly repulsed by “moist”. It’s a banned word around her.
Hmmmm, plans to slip that into a conversation at work
Supposedly it’s the most disliked word in the English-speaking world.
Can I get two days off work with it?
You probably could at my place
Prolly deserve a day off just for mastering its pronunciation!
I’m lucky enough to have been raised in a community of Greek speakers. Tying together multiple syllables becomes second nature.
It’s just English I struggle with
Futtock \Fu"ttock, n. [Prob. corrupted fr. foothook.] (Naut.)
One of the crooked timbers which are scarfed together to form
the lower part of the compound rib of a vessel; one of the
crooked transverse timbers passing across and over the keel.
I like this word, mainly because it rhymes with buttock.
My Mrs hates the word “portion”. There’s always a sharp intake of breath followed by “you mean helping”
I mean really…wtf?
Portion = large
‘Television’ The word is half-Greek, half-Latin. No good can come of it …
Attributed to C P Scott (1846-1932)
He didn’t grumble, in public at least, about heterosexual and homosexual though.
Resilience- Hate it!
I’m with Jim’s missus on this one.
I like the origin of Nottingham.
“When it fell under the rule of a Saxon chieftain named Snot it became known as “Snotingaham”; the homestead of Snot’s people (-inga = the people of; -ham = homestead)”
Snot is funny.