Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Out the window

Some words that need to be used more often because they are cool:

(A very nerdy post, I realize.)


At 9:33 PM, Blogger Tom posited...

is it

in - ter - LOK - yoo - tor


At 9:36 PM, Blogger Tom posited...

ps your link for interlocutor is messed up, so i couldnt find out if i was right. at least, not with one easy mouse click. and thats all im willing to do. oh well.

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Erin posited...

Defenestration is one of my all time favorite words. I strive to use it in daily conversation, with little success, alas. I am often tempted to defenstrate one of my grad students.

And satchel just makes me think of Get Fuzzy.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger constant_k posited...

When I first saw "interlocutor (an oft-mispronounced word.)" I thought it meant that interlocutor itself meant "an oft-mispronounced word."

Is there such a word? And is it hard to say? Because then it would be pleasantly meta.

Like pentasyllabic.

At 1:05 AM, Blogger Houley posited...

The word "cacoepy" means "mispronunciation," as in "reading words instead of hearing them leads to cacoepy." "Cacoepistic" means of or related to mispronounced words.

The mispronunciation of a word by omission of a syllable is known as "haplology." For example, saying "haplo'gy."

At 1:15 AM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Sorry, Tom. I have fixed the link. But yes, your pronunciation is correct. But I know many a person who pronounces it inter-lo-CUTE-er, and that is just no fun at all.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Serenity Now! posited...

Fortnightly is a word often heard in our house. It all started with the movie I Married an Ax Murderer when the father claims that Kentucky Fried Chicken puts something in the chicken that makes you crave it "fortnightly." One of our favorite movies. Jake is always finding it playing on some strange sattelite channel.


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