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