Katie’s Nice-Nice Word List.

Look at these words! Talk these words out loud! Share them with a friend! These are some of my favorite words, either because of the sweet ear nectar they produce, the images they conjure, or the types of people that I imagine saying them.

Example: “braggadocio” can be heard in the film Becoming Jane, pronounced by the late Ian Richardson with some delicious “r”-rolling.

Example: “confusticate,” from Bilbo Baggins’ proclamation, “confusticate and bebother these dwarves!”…I believe this is a word invented by Tolkien. It brings to mind another classic Bilbo line: “Drat this dwarvish racket!”

Now. Pronounce these words slowly and fully. Give them the respect they deserve. Think on each word’s past, present, and potential future. Start your own word list and keep adding to it each time you hear another killer word. And then share that list with anyone you can. We’ll start a word revolution! Above all, enjoy.

“RRROUND TONES.” — Singin’ in the Rain

Bile

Blithe

Braggadocio

Britches

Brouhaha

Bruise

Bunghole

Charcoal

Clusterfuck

Colossal

Confusticate

Continuum

Cylindrical

Defenestration

Doughy

Dwindle

Flustered

Fortuitous

Goober

Grave

Grieve

Grove

Guffaw

Guttersnipe

Harrumph

Hullabaloo

Kerfuffle

Licentious

Lithe

Meander

Moist

Obscenely

Obtuse

Palindrome

Pendulum

Percolate

Perturbation

Perturbed

Plebeians

Profoundly

Ravenous

Saunter

Scurry

Secrete

Shadow

Skulk

Thwack

Twitterpated

Vacuum

Viscosity

GUESS WHAT.

This list was inspired by the Monty Python sketch about “woody” words versus “tinny” words. I don’t know what the sketch is called and I can’t find it on the official Monty Python YouTube channel but I’m sure you smart internet people can find a way to watch it.

Monty Python’s Woody Words:

Gone, sausage, prodding, vacuum, bound, vole, caribou, intercourse, pert thighs, body, erogenous zone, concubine, loose woman

Monty Python’s Tinny Words:

Newspaper, litter bin, antelope, leap, recidivist, tit

“There’s a funny thing, dear. All the naughty words sound woody.” “Really dear? …How about ‘tit’?”

This has been Katie’s Nice-Nice Word List. Thank you.