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MagnetPoetryFilter: stupendous words, please!

I generally find commercial sets of magnetic poetry either somewhat dull or too specific ("Pick Up Lines", "Harry Potter", etc.) and have long wished for a set including some of the elements of the esoteric sets without having to mix-and-match half a dozen boxes at >$10 each. Coincidentally, I have access to equipment that can print and cut fridge magnets. I think you can see where I am going with this!

I want to make a set that has a decent mix of workaday words and the more fanciful ("HOPPITAMOPPITA" for example is a must), staying away from a predetermined theme...though a healthy dose of science fiction in-jokes would not be at all amiss. Basically I want to have as many fun words as possible and that's where the hive mind comes in. Please suggest anything you fancy, anything you think would make for an awesome magnet set, whatever I must not forget to include. Favorite words, loanwords, jargon -- all are welcome!

Thank you!

PS: The resulting plot file will be small and easy to e-mail... hivemind poetry for all!
posted by teremala to Grab Bag (26 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
gamut
codswallop
quinine
squib
Shiraz
molybdenum
tungsten
boron
vitriol
blurb
snifter
cloudburst
swamp
posted by k. at 2:10 PM on May 7, 2010


I made a list of 171 words I love over at Wordnik. You might enjoy that site apart from this project, too. :-)
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 2:19 PM on May 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


liminal
limerence
luminous
confuzzled (for confused)
ridonkulous
baleen
mordant
superfluous
narf

I'll think of more, but that's a start. This is a great project!
posted by Fui Non Sum at 2:23 PM on May 7, 2010


pukka
procellous
callipygian
spout
noodle
wound
hip
pound
hoopy
frood
remugient
coenaculous
hamburger
posted by carsonb at 2:36 PM on May 7, 2010


Geekfilter: Since you said sci-fi... here are some personal favorites.

grok
karass
sandworm
spice
soylent
tardis (or T.A.R.D.I.S.)
red shirt
frak (or frack for original bsg)
warp
mithril (lotr)
leviathan (farscape)
posted by jardinier at 2:38 PM on May 7, 2010


not necessarily going for the exciting words, but those that need to occur more often in magnets
cookies
bork
twinkletoes
broth
corrugated
plush
pantaloons
unknowingly
cactus
sparkle
celestial
radiator
plumber
cinder
mauve
tote
alarm
posted by sciencegeek at 2:53 PM on May 7, 2010


Playing off jardinier's suggestions with some more sci-fi:

ansible
polarity (to be paired with "reverse")
Tribbles
Death Star
Dyson sphere
positronic brain
whop
bionic
cyborg
DeLorean
keymaster
gatekeeper
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 2:54 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Io
pog
nerf
smeg
squish
Smurf
sentient
replicant
Quaalude
Glaswegian
haberdasher
biodegradable
Czechoslovakia
anarchosyndicalist
posted by Sys Rq at 3:32 PM on May 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


cromulent
grar
ffs
through the roof
luminescent
dung
morel
ocelot
bacon
posted by runningwithscissors at 3:35 PM on May 7, 2010


moist

I don't know why so many people hate that word. So I'd add it just because so many people hate that word. (A friend of mine actually shudders every time she hears it.)
posted by HeyAllie at 3:37 PM on May 7, 2010


wasps. Thistle.
posted by mjg123 at 3:51 PM on May 7, 2010


magical
jazz hands
salty
lucid
hoof
daisy
planet
posted by sciencegeek at 4:25 PM on May 7, 2010


Such great words! "Grok" has reminded me of "kipple", which I simply cannot do without, and now I'm torn between reading the lists aloud ("cromulent" and "sentient" and "remugient" are quite lovely) and getting lost within Wordnik. The list is also expanding quite nicely into Internet-centric words, so thank you on that front as well!

("Moist" does not bother me either; I enjoy trumping it in "worst word ever" discussions.)

Some more:
aether
ambuscade
antagonym
asymmetrical
bombard
boom
cantankerous
empirical
fjord
indifference
inimical
kaputt
qi
robot
schadenfreude
snafu
soup├žon
spleen
thwack
triumvirate
visser
xeno
zap
posted by teremala at 4:25 PM on May 7, 2010


Ooh, this is fun. Mine tend toward the easier because those are often more versatile:

beef
droid
towel
winner
shark week
disco
murdalize
fail
chocolaty
bonus
wonky
decepticon
champion
ninjutsu
crab
weak
kraken
airborne
nugget
gaga
level
crystal
toxic
resplendent
laundry
salad
battle
machine
bulbasaur
supersize
bee
meatnormous
virgin
batman
cheese
prime
flavor
bucket
centipede
unbeknownst
challenge
munch
pony
nacho
hologram
clog
webelo
cannon
mutant
implode
obama
wookiee
1-up
replicate
benthic
filibuster
bailiwick
rambo
beam
crispy
baby
lemon
corporate
vengeance
superior
foofaraw
shoryuken
buttress
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:38 PM on May 7, 2010


abattoir
alacrity
antediluvian
apoplectic
bacchanalia
candelabra
concupiscence
defenestrate
dilettante
duplicity
effluvium
eviscerate
felicitous
homunculus
inexorable
intransigent
jejune
jouissance
lugubrious
masticate
maudlin
mellifluous
mendicant
mercurial
miscegenation
obfuscate
obstreperous
opalescent
paroxysm
phalanx
pontificate
proclivity
protuberant
pugnacious
quotidian
remuneration
resplendence
sacrosanct
sangfroid
senescence
sesquipedalian
shibboleth
soliloquy
somnambulism
truculent
ululate
verisimilitude
wan
posted by dephlogisticated at 5:43 PM on May 7, 2010


This is really exciting. I don't have the time to make a list right now, but it looks like you need more verbs!
posted by caaaaaam at 6:45 PM on May 7, 2010


Of course, verbs! Some obviously useful ones:
able
agglomerate
assert
associate
being
collect
combust
create
dampen
darken
demonstrate
depress
detect
dim
dismiss
divorce
drink
eat
elect
enlighten
enter
exit
experiment
explode
explore
grade
incinerate
launch
make
marry
navigate
neglect
plan
please
push
repress
respect
upgrade
venerate
will

Metroid Baby's "1-up" (!!) and this Doctor Who kit have me thinking about throwing in some pictograms for good measure!
posted by teremala at 7:36 PM on May 7, 2010


Did somebody say verbs? Here are some more fun/sci-fi ones...

squelch
jibe
goad
buffalo
surveil
hawk
flee
vault
balk
emerge
replicate
neutralize
calibrate
align
plot
energize
engage
activate
cease
defy
submit
flock
birth
divulge
speculate
carbonize
triangulate
jump
formulate
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 7:50 PM on May 7, 2010


Beans.
posted by rtha at 8:17 PM on May 7, 2010


sesquipedalian
posted by iamkimiam at 11:28 PM on May 7, 2010


haha I love sesquipedalian because it's kind of paradoxical or oxymoronic or whatever (it's 3AM!).

There is a book you might like--haven't read it myself but it's on my wishlist--called
The Disheveled Dictionary: A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon by Karen Elizabeth Gordon, and apparently she explores a lot of un/under-used words.
posted by 1000monkeys at 2:49 AM on May 8, 2010


Megafauna
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:03 AM on May 8, 2010


cloy
brisk
nasturtium
rickety
crank
bejeweled
pants
scuttle
biscuit
foundling
posted by pablocake at 11:16 AM on May 8, 2010


Also, any or all of these would be great additions (thanks to the late great Douglas Adams and Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz):

freddled
gruntbugly
micturations
plurdled
gabbleblotchits
lurgid
groop
foonting
turlingdromes
hooptiously
drangle
bindlewurdles
gobberwarts
blurglecruncheon
posted by pablocake at 11:20 AM on May 8, 2010


I have a set that I think are just fun to say:

alabaster
crimson
flagellum
zamboni
falafel
kumquat
malapropism
ontological
penultimate
perfidious
zither
mandibular
slithy
pulchritude
paramecium
loquacious
sagacity
verisimilitude
posted by cross_impact at 12:58 PM on May 10, 2010


These are all really great, everyone! I'm still assembling the list and figuring out how to set everything, and it is clearly way cooler and cleverer than I could have come up with on my own. If you've got more words let me have 'em, but I'm delighted with what's already here, so thanks!
posted by teremala at 1:25 PM on May 10, 2010


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