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Do you have favorite words?  Perhaps you like the way they roll off the tongue.  Or perhaps they have special meaning to you.


Do you have words that you despise?  Perhaps they sound crude or angry, or they have meaning to you that is distasteful.


How much of the power of these words is personal?  Learned?  Agreed upon?  Are some words more acceptable in some contexts but not in others?

Bring some words with you and we can learn about the words, about their context and meaning, and perhaps a little about you.


Last week, room 301 was an oven, so we met in 305...

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  • Katherine L M.

    Loved the location--and the conversation was very enjoyable. I was reminded tonight of a great insult word to a female person: "harpy." It is what Jacqueline Kennedy called White House corespondent Helen Thomas, who died just this past week. And if anyone cares, there is a Latin phrase used (at least in the past) in legal papers, "et ux" meaning "and wife," from which the adj. uxorious derives.

    July 22, 2013

  • jon b.

    Jon led a superb discussion (I had to fill in this required field!) - Jon

    July 22, 2013

    • sharon

      i ditto that!

      July 22, 2013

  • beth

    The weather just won't permit me to be inside today!

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to our conversation

    July 20, 2013

  • beth

    Homonymes.. I wrote a short story once comprised of almost entirely "there" homonyms. Felt very much like the author of "the importance of being Earnest" whose name escapes me. And, like you, Sherrie, I've been WRONGLY accused of going on and on , repeating myself, perseverating, saying the same thing in several ways....ditto ditto ditto. :)

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A favorite: perseverate. My former partner several years ago accused me of doing it over no telling what issue we were discussing. Being a psych student and generally somewhat well read, I accused her of making it up because I'd never heard of it. Her response (being an MSW) was that it was typically used in psychological analysis. This irritated me more because if it were true I knew I should have known it. Turns out it does exist and essentially means to persevere on a string of thought whether healthy or not (the usual connotation is unhealthy). After looking it up I gave in. But I perseverate : ).

    July 18, 2013

  • Katherine L M.

    Words I do not like: savorvore and localvore are two unfortunate coinages to me. They do not sound well, they do not read well. They combine disparate language routes and imply that one is eating savor or taste (a quality) or a geographic location--not a kind of food.

    I dislike it when simple direct words like closure and share become loaded with sentiment and asked to carry emotional or psychological content.

    I like Shakespearian words, plays on words and puns (although I am not clever enough to make them often on the spur of the moment. I like onomatopoetic and dialect words.

    July 17, 2013

  • beth

    Words I love are those found in novels that prompt me to go to the dictionary ( yes, I still have one). "Reticule" for example!!

    July 16, 2013

    • beth

      Reticule is a style of handbag with a drawstring type of closure. Thanks to Anne Enright for writing that makes me keep dictionary on hand....

      July 17, 2013

    • sharon

      Thanks Beth- Never heard that word, looking forward to our meeting!

      July 17, 2013

  • Kathy

    I'll start the list of negative words with "veggie". I can't believe it's a real word in the dictionary! Please, just call it a vegetable in my presence.

    Funny, cliches don't seem to bother me. Just don't say:

    How are you?
    Good. You?
    Pretty good.
    That’s good.

    July 17, 2013

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