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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Words Schmerds

So I'm stealing a game. No, I'm not downloading more pirated software!

The deal is this: I once played a storebought game called Apples to Apples. The game requires each player to try to match a card with an adjective printed on it to various cards with nouns printed on them. I liked the gameplay and the concept, but I was frustrated with the selection of words that you get to play with. This is similar to enjoying a game of Trivial Pursuit but thinking all the questions were stupid. Now imagine deciding to write all your own questions!

OK, that would be way too much work. Luckily, in this case, all I need to come up with is a loooong list of adjectives and nouns (and then print them onto cards.) Whereas the storebought version gives us nouns like Chocolate and Bill Clinton... my version will have nouns like Southpark and Electro-Convulsive Therapy. And instead of adjectives like Tasty and Wise, I'll print adjective cards like Fallacious and Ephemeral.

So here's where y'all come in. I can't possibly think of all these words on my own. Please send me email (or better yet post a comment) with a list of favorite words to add to the list. I like words that make you feel something, but probably mean different things to different people. Vaguely obscure, fifty-cent words are also good.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submissions. You are helping make the world a better place.

And so is this. Well, for Walter anyway.

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10 Comments:

At 12/21/2005 08:16:00 PM, Blogger walaka said...

Yes, because the first thing a superheroine does after knocking another superheroine unconscious is hang her panties on her belt (a trophy?) and fondle her own breast. To make the world a better place.

The internet is a scary place...

WV = sckfvwny. Which seems somehow sadly appropriate.

 
At 12/22/2005 09:56:00 AM, Anonymous mel said...

Here are a few words to add to the game:

Souper: a traitor or sell-out of the worst kind. This term comes from the Irish Famine of 1848-1850 when some Protestant groups set up kitchens to offer the starving Catholics soup IF they converted. You can fill in the rest.

Smegma: Is this Blog supposed to be PG? It's a great word anyways, the first part of the definition is 'Cheesy white substance found on.....'

Visceral massage: Still waiting to check in with Neds on whether this word is acceptable.

 
At 12/22/2005 10:55:00 AM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Keep those words comin'. I finished my first 100 cards today (70 nouns and 30 adjectives... about the ratio I want to keep.) Cheers to Diane for sending me her alphabetical submissions! And Courtney has promised a list of sexually charged words.

 
At 12/22/2005 06:29:00 PM, Blogger Jon said...

crepescular curmudgeon
mellifluous machinations
incandescent iterations
ineluctable ineffable incantation
jugular jasmine
portentous pissoir
frugal fulmination
natty dread
chaste chameleon

 
At 12/22/2005 08:39:00 PM, Blogger walaka said...

Here are three alphabets, one for adjectives and two for nouns/noun phrases. I have capitalized (and annotated) the proper nounrs, and left the others alone.

antediluvian
bicameral
crepuscular
depauperate
elegiac
fey
gnostic
hoary
ineluctable
jejune
knavish
languorous
majestic
null
ontological
pellucid
quiescent
rash
sustainable
tremulous
uxorious
vertiginous
warped
eXotic
yar
zealous


armoire
bio-ethics
Constitution of the United States, The (the document)
Damn Yankees (the play)
elephantiasis
ferrules
Gorgeous George (the wrestler)
Harry Callahan (the movie character)
improvisational theatre
jungle gym
kakodaimonia
Leviathan (the book)
M & Ms (the candy)
North Pole, The (the place)
Ode on a Grecian Urn (the poem)
pea soup
Quorn (the food product)
Rastafarianism (the religion)
slander
tintinnabulation
UNICEF (the organization)
velcro
whale blubber
Xena, Warrior Princess (the TV character)
yak
zeugma



Anasazi (the people)
blood sausage
Charge of the Light Brigade, The (the event)
Death Valley (the place)
Entertainment Tonight (the TV show)
flying squirrels
gigolo
handicapped parking space
Iceland (the country)
Jupiter (the planet)
Knights of the Round Table, The (the persons)
L'Osservatore Romano (the newspaper)
mandragora
non-lethal force
optical illusions
pacifism
Queer Nation (the activist group)
Rorschach Test (the procedure)
stiletto heels
tide pools
unanimity
vas deferens
wide-wale corduroy
xenophobia
Yellowstone Park (the place)
Zen Buddhism (the belief system)

 
At 12/26/2005 12:55:00 PM, Anonymous mel said...

infelicitous
ineffable
maudlin
sedulous
tangent


matador
mass noun
potash
positron
portiere
rabbet
quorum
Quito
quoin
raceme
stoat
stolon
tapir
tatami
tektite
technocracy
thalamus
termagant
tenure
thews
thesis
torpor
tram
treacle
tripartite
trope
truncheon
tulle
tumbrel
tumescence
turpitude
tyro
unction
ungent
urticaria
uvula
usury
vacuity
venireman
verbiage
wassail
wattle
weal
wheal
wing ding
yule
zymurgy

 
At 12/27/2005 09:20:00 AM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

What a great load of words people! Thanks a heap. I'm making up more cards today... hope to have over 200 by Diane's brunch party on Friday. That's my target date for the beta test.

 
At 12/29/2005 11:09:00 AM, Blogger Ned said...

ADJECTIVES
rambunctious
effervescent
olympian
soul-destroying
anodyne
cowboy (yes, as an adj)
dorky
constructive
nasty
sub-saharan
elysian
zen
jovial
swellegant (fuck dictionary.com if they can't take a joke)
groovy
frivolous
refreshing
supercalifragilistic

NOUNS
salt and pepper
manhattan (cocktail)
pastis
Swahili
Bank of America
snuff
Aslan
unicycle
periscope
superego
turnspit
namesake
wallpaper
doublespeak
pomegranate
rarebit
coelacanth
Dead Can DAnce
filibuster
dandelion
googlewhack
Kylie Minogue
Ryuichi Sakamoto
california roll
frivolity
snow angel
viscera
Andes, the
Van Diemen's Land
Bhutan
shadow puppets
Cosack
throat singing
rai music
samba, the
Carnival
Panama Canal, the
Whattya call those things that read the same backwards as forwards?: A man, a plan, a canal, panama
rootbeer
verandah

 
At 12/29/2005 05:08:00 PM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Palindrome is the word you're looking for. And a great word too. But don't even get me started on how much I hate Ryuichi Sakamoto... almost as much as the evil Philip Glass.

 
At 1/04/2006 03:52:00 PM, Blogger Origami Nightingale said...

I know, I know...I am SO late on my sexually charged words! But, no worries--they will strut their smutty little selves to you!

In the meantime, here's a word for serious thought:

Beefalo: a hybrid that results from a cross between the American buffalo, or bison, and beef cattle.


Courtney

 

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