I think you can see where this is going....
schlemazel (unlucky person)
hizzoner (contraction of 'his honour')
facund (= 'eloquent,' not fecund)
zooxanthellae (some kind of plankton)
xiphiplastrum (part of the bottom of a tortoise shell)
scabland (deserty waste land)
fescennine (extremely rude, outrageously coarse)
boustrephedon (lit. 'ox-turning' - writing alternate right-left, left-right lines)
ouistiti (French for 'marmoset')
I quite like using 'discombobulate', 'solecism' and 'abstruse'
Latinate words are cool: periclitate (to endanger), abrogate, oppilate
(please stop me)
Last edited by mixed_biscuits; 22-01-2009 at 04:46 PM.
Recently at work I have started to take great relish in spelling out a name or serial number on the phone using the "P for Peter, A for Apple" system.
This thread is providing me with an incredible arsenal.
Though I'm not sure anything said here yet will beat out hearing a bewildered tech support guy saying "Wooly Mammoth?" back at me, as if that doesn't start with W or something.