Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Words I Can't Take Seriously

despite the fact that they're not meant to be silly. This post was inspired by my dad using the word "stalwart" to describe a church member during a sermon. My husband and I looked at each other and whispered "stalwart!" It's just an odd-sounding word. So I started thinking about some others.
  • stalwart
  • nimble
  • bulwark
  • akimbo
  • Walla Walla, Washington
  • morose
  • oboe
  • sphincter
  • frolic

Yes, those are all real words. Maybe this will explain why I have started doing crossword puzzles and Scrabble. I have to find SOME use for these obscure words that are taking up valuable brain cells (which could be used to store more relevant information, like, where my keys are when my arms are full of baby, diaper bag, purse, and multiple sippy cups. When that happens I am much more likely to feel morose than to frolic.)

Let the record show that besides "sphincter," Justin's contributions were "orifice" and "gluteus maximus." If you are more mature than he is (or even if you're not) think about it and let me know if you have any to add!


  1. how could you forget: cognizant/cognizance (and aware of ok ok)(does hand motion)

    how about schlub, schlemiel,(and from the definition of schlemiel... bungler ha ha i said bung --also a word)






    ovarian (i swear by ovarian thou shalt be vanquished!)

    and of course any word having to do with male or female sexual organs

    and who could forget these actual words now included in websters...

  2. I can't take any vegetable seriously that is called "bok choy". In fact, I think this would make a great curse word, though I'm too cool to actually use it as such. (But I'm not so cool for it to not have occurred to me that it sounds like a Klingon curse word.)