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Thursday, May 29, 2003

My top twenty favourite English words
1. Barnacle
2. Swindle
3. Spleen
4. Gingerbread
5. Wench
6. Squid
7. Nuzzle-tripe (Smallest and weakest of a brood. A misbehaving child.)
8. Conkerbell (also conkerbill, (a) Icicle; (b) something hanging down from an object, as mucus from the nose, balls of dung in animal fur.)
9. Gallinipper (also garnipper, a large biting mosquito)
10. Snarbuckle ((a) A tightly tied knot; (b) a tangled or twisted rope; burnt or charred remnant (of food): The potatoes are roasted to a snarbuckle; when I went to take it off the stove, it was burned to a snarbuckle.)
11. Fetching
12. Menacing
13. Cattery
14. Qunfidha
15. Teakettle
16. Dilly-dallying
17. Nocturnal
18. Languid
19. Vile
20. Reckon

My top ten favourite Japanese words
1. Tachi (plurals suffix)
2. Namekuji (slug)
3. Kinoko (mushroom)
4. Gutsu-gutsu (the bubbling of a boiling kettle of water)
5. Pera-pera (fluent)
6. Gokiburi (cockroach)
7. Unchi (poo-poo)
8. Unko (excrement, sounds like a girl�s name)
9. Katatsumuri (snail)
10. Komori (bat, the flying mammal)

Comments:
nuzzle tripe and conker bell both appear in poems by Mary Dalton. The collection is entitled Merrybegot.

I'm curious if you've read it.
 
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