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I’ve been addicted to playing Words with Friends on my Android phone lately which got me thinking about my favorite words. I wanted to share some of them with you, and I hoped you would share yours with me. I am going to give away a prize to the person who responds with the word I like best, so please write your favorites in the comments on Youtube!

Also, if you aren’t familiar with any of the words I like, here’s a list with along definitions. Post yours up too and lets learn some new vocabulary!


Tentative – unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant
Plaintive expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful
Coalesce to blend or come together
Effervesce – to show enthusiasm, excitement, liveliness, etc.; to give off bubbles of gas, as fermenting liquors
Purpose – the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.

Porpoise – a toothed sea mammal, related to the whales and dolphins, that has a blunt snout and a triangular dorsal fin.

Poise – a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession
Procrastinate – to put off till another day or time; defer; delay
Eviscerate – to remove the entrails from; disembowel
Epitome – a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class

Dichotomy – division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups
Fortuitous – happening or produced by chance; accidental; lucky; fortunate
Serendipitous – come upon or found by accident; fortuitous; good; beneficial; favorable
Extemporaneous – done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation; impromptu
Lascivious – inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
Debauchery – excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance
Soliloquy – an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character’s innermost thoughts)
Evanescent – vanishing; fading away; fleeting
Succulent – full of juice; juicy; rich in desirable qualities
Shenanigans – a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.


  1. David Moreno says:

    Yeah umm Nixie in the hyperlink in the post to Youtube, it marks the video as “Private”.

  2. Tomas Rosales says:

    “Chirimoya” -> I know it’s a spanish word, but I love it!

  3. G.K. Nelson says:

    Funambulist: a tightrope walker.
    Onomatopoea: a word that sounds like the word it represents (the campy Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward couldn’t exist without it).
    Logjam: an impasse (like what’s happening in the federal government right now (and not, as some seem to think, a synonym for constipation).
    Haikubunny: a word I just coined because it made me smile.
    Marmoset: because they may well be the coolest animals on the planet.

  4. Michael Supey says:

    Joints, Meat, Antidisestablishmentarianism (+75 pts)

  5. Jank Hank says:

    My favorite word is jank (of course).
    I also like homerowed; both words I learned from Kevin Rose. I owe him a lot for that =P

    In all seriousness, I like

    For bonus points (please pick me!) I also like Nixie…and Pixel. =D

  6. Chuck MacKinnon says:

    Favorite word from high school English, too many moons ago 😉

  7. Ernest says:

    Certitude = Is my favorite word of the year.
    BamGoozled = Bamboozle+Google. “I’ve been BamGoozled!”, selfmade word when the answer technically matches the question, but not the context.

  8. UltraNEO★ says:

    Ah.. I’ve completely failed, totally missed it but you have beautiful eyes if you don’t mind me saying so.

  9. Artix says:

    three way tie between
    Bathykolpian – Deep Bosomed
    Petrichor – the smell of rain
    and Astrobleme – a meteor crater.

  10. Fran says:

    Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – Fear of long words 😉 (I dare you to pronounce that one in one of your videos!!)

  11. Chris says:

    Parallelepiped–> is three dimensional geometrical figure formed by six sides which each side is parallel to another side or formed by six parallelograms. A box is a type of parallelepiped.

  12. James says:

    Nixie, you are a vibrant, vivacious, videophilic virtuoso.

    Far from loquacious, your sententious sentences are lushly lapidary in length, and your dulcet deliberations disenthralled through your labia superius and inferius ora.

    Your weekly exegesis are exigently awaited by aficionados who are panegyrical at your pulchritude.

    Hurrah! We exult upon beholding your hebdomadal phantasies!

  13. Peter says:

    Flusterpate — To overwhelm to the point of mental breakdown

  14. Mario says:

    Hello Nixie,

    I don´t know if you already had this experience before, but if one day you come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I will say to you a few words that you will never forget:
    Beach, Sun, Samba and Caipirinha. Not exactly nerd words, but Undefeatable ones.

    Bye 😉

  15. HammerShark says:

    First is my favorite:

    Rip-roaring – Boisterously wild and exciting; riotous: “Have a rip-roaring good time.”

    Internecine – Mutually destructive.

    Crass – Without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity

    Desperado – A bold, reckless criminal or outlaw, especially in the early days of the American West.

    Epoch – A particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events.

  16. DaZeller says:

    We in germany have the following utterance…
    “Holla die Waldfee” – “holla the forest-fee”
    it doesn’t make realy sense… 😉
    however, it’s a call of astonish like WTF, damn ore something like that.

    And my absolutly most favorite Word is already in your list…
    Procrastination !
    but this isn’t only a Word… it’s a Life attitude!!!
    Do the things if they want to be done. Stay cool and take it easy.

  17. Icsant3 says:

    I’m pretty sure its Soliloquy because it has the largest(therefore most complicated) definition and because its basically what you do on your videos!

  18. pioggia_27 says:

    metampsychosis – i just love saying that.

  19. SchwansBob says:

    Would your favorite word happen to be, Shenanigans?

  20. saki says:

    Electrophoresis – motion of dispersed particles relative to a fluid under the influence of a spatially uniform electric field

  21. Ghostship says:

    My Word is FUA (Universal Force Applied)… Check this out in youtube its a very funny drunk guy
    \ /
    O – O¬
    .: j :.

  22. EEsparaquia says:

    In spanish we have a word; Hipopotomonstrosesquipedaliofobia it means fear to the large words… that’s the reason that I like that word, the irony =o)

  23. Ryan says:

    My 4yo daughter has a lama like yours except that hers is less fluffy and more love bites.
    Heuristic – a guideline or rule of thumb because it is a kind of rule that recognizes that rules are made to be broken.

  24. Ziffel says:

    My Word is CleptoPrayniac. It’s a word for the other SOB who STOLE my prayer to God to Let my favorite Football TEAM Win the Super Bowl. :@\

  25. Ziffel says:

    Oh, ONE more. Dharmarrhea….it’s a condition one gets from Watching horrible re-runs of Dharma and Greg for MORE than 10 seconds. Now I know why it’s the Butt of Many jokes on FAMILY GUY episodes.

  26. Andrew Suffield says:

    I’m rather fond of ‘quiritation’ (a cry for help, as in “I heard a quiritation from over here”)

    My best supplier is

  27. Zareldyn says:

    I believed your favorite word was “pamplemousse” ? ← seen at one of the first posts of this blog 😉 I’d be curious to hear you pronounce it – it’s so sexy when a foreigner speaks French ^^

  28. mike says:

    Selling your kids is illegal, but having abortions isn’t. Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it?

  29. Ghydda says:

    Hi Nixie,

    I have an endless list of words, for which I like the way they roll off my tongue.

    floopily, meaning in a floopy manner
    pontificate, to speak in a pompous and condescending manner
    mediocrity, the state or quality of being mediocre

  30. Ghydda says:

    In addition, most words invented by the late D. Adams seem to fascinate me.
    Pan Galactic

  31. James Williams says:

    Omphaloskepsis…contemplation of one’s belly button =)

  32. Khala says:

    hippomonstrosesquippedaliophobia proof that the people who name phobias are asses

  33. Josh says:

    Textitute: we all probably are .. Someone who is constantly texting…

  34. Zombies are Totally Rude says:

    Epitome isn’t a “nerd” word, it’s a commonly (or maybe until recently, commonly) used word which is almost always pronounced incorrectly. It’s one of my favorite words, but it’s a rather simple & not unusual one.

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