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Some really cool words
by Mark on 6/10/2004 (9)

Arrrggh! Tintinnabulation of the bells!
Ever run across some really cool words that stick in your long-term memory? Here are some of my favorites:

Tintinnabulation: As in E.A. Poe's 'Tintinnabulation of the bells'. This cool word is fictitious, of course, and falls under the heading of 'Onomatopeia', another cool word, which means the word verbally expresses it's meaning through the way it sounds. 'Smooth', 'slithery' and 'slippery' may also be considered examples of Onomatopoeia. Cooool!

Sluggish: I like words like sluggish. You can almost feel the slimy, crawling weight of it. Examples of other words that fall under the same catagory are 'broached', 'parched', 'scorched', 'hammered' and 'gooned'. These are all great words to describe dehydration and disfunction from a variety of self-inflicted sources.

Military jargon: Wanna be the cool kid on the block? Use military jargon like 'affirmative and negative' instead of yes and no, and alphabet phoenetics like 'Tango-Charlie', 'Upshot-Knothole', 'Bravo-X-ray' and 'Delta-Foxtrot'. Everyone will think you're a secret agent with an exclusive vocabulary. Just don't get you're phoenetics confused as in 'Knuckle-Xylophone', or you'll come across as a Major-Wienerhead.

Scientific words: Highly complicated scientific words can make you come across as a genius, even if you got a 18 or lower on the ACT. I like words that my local weatherman, Andre Bernier, uses on TV, like 'synoptic', brainy phrases like 'for all intensive purposes', and imported Italian words like 'cumulo-nimbus', 'cirro-stratos' and 'alto-cirrus'. Pepper your conversation with these words, and you'll either gain the envy and respect of your peers, or you'll get the crap kicked outta you for being Perfesser Geek. That's the danger with scientific words. They can go either way.

Rap words: Rap words are easy to spot. Like 'Coolio', 'Busta-Rhyme', 'B-Dawg,' 'Ice Cube' and 'Ghostbuster-B'. These words are actually forms of Onomatopoeia, conveying a strong visual and emotional sensation through the way they sound, just as the words in Rap lyrics are intended to. I'm not a big fan of Rap, but I'll give Rap artists an A- for finding words that evoke emotion and demand attention. For better or for worse.

Smooth Operator: What could be cooler? 'nuff said!

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1. by Kris on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
My favorite cool work is either "Duketacular" or "Duketastrafy"... basicly anything proceeded with Duke. We used to use alot of rap lingo at my old job, which was funny because we were all techie type people talking like ganstas... ha ha ha!"0"< </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
In the 80's it was 'bogus' or 'bonus' and 'cheesent!' pronounced cheese-sent. Also 'sue me' was a big phrase. Pop!isplay:none">< </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
3. by Kris on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Cheesent??? I never heard that one, and I grew up in what I like to call the Rock'n 80's... so what's it mean? I still say bonus myself... probably a little too much </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Must be a Cleveland thing. It rhymes with, and is a replacement for, 'decent'.uil </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
5. by Kris on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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6. by Jd on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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8. by shazza on 11/19/2008 1:24:20 PM
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