My favorite words:
Words I like that aren't in Wiktionary (mostly ad-hoc portmanteaus):
- Walking timebomb
- My favorite number: 517482 (because it is 666 * 777)
- fear fright afraid (frica)
LEAST favorite words:
- OB/GYN because it's not even an acronym
- very causes fronting of adjectives: "fluffy white pillows" ---> "very white fluffy pillows"
Words of English origin with Latin affixes:
- quizzical (possibly)
- bridal (despite its origin as bride + ale, I would argue this word is now just bride + -al)
this list exlcudes -er, which is often believed to have come over the Alps into proto-Germanic and thus be technically Latin. Also excludes -able, which is not that old but has been in English for long enough that I didnt even notice it until now.
- drenovation, a new generation of a product that has been improved from previous versions
- ^ Supposedly, I created this word when I was 6 years old as a playful variation of "thank you" after my mother set the table for me. I remember the event and I dont see how I could have ever known what the German word for "thank you" was and yet, at the same time, forgotten that I knew it so I think this really is just one of those astonishing coincidences we remember for our entire lives
- ^ German for "semen" or "seed" ... amazingly not a loanword!
- ^ a cross between symptomatic, emblematic, and symbolistic. I *think* I created this word indepdently (not saying I invented it first, just that I didnt take it from anyone else). As of July 15 2010 it gets 139 hits on Google, and likely more if variant spellings are added. (But really this word is better used in speech, where you can speak quickly and people will not even realize it's not a word.) Now apparently used by Donald Trump!!
- ^ Programming code spilling out onto a place where it shouldnt be. I may have been the first person to invent this word and have seen other people using it now.