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Question #92504 posted on 08/11/2019 3:12 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some words that you think are fun to say out loud?

-Farfalle farfalle farfalle...

A:

Dear Noodler, 

  • Serendipitous
  • Abibliophobia
  • Absquatulate
  • Pumpernickel
  • Shenanigans
  • Aluminum

Cheers,

Guesthouse

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Dear Falafel,

Indubitably.

~Anathema

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Dear Fafafafafa,

My favorite joke in the entire world is saying "gesundheit" whenever anyone says a word longer than about 3 syllables. It's great cause I can usually make it about every 15 minutes during lectures. If I'm in a big enough class where I sit by different people I can get cheap laughs anytime.

My favorite word to say is basically anything in French. Guys it's so ridiculous. I can hardly speak french without laughing. How French became the language of love I have no idea. My personal favorite is "un mur". Get google to say it for you. You won't regret it.

The best word of all time however, is "wow" as spoken by Owen Wilson. Pure artistic genius.

Peace,

Tipperary 

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Dear Pasta,

  • Another vote for indubitably
  • Zoboomafoo
  • Bubbles
  • Willikers (usually with 'gee' in front of it)
  • Dingbats
  • Cattywompus 
  • Wine-bibber
  • Hablablamos: a conjugation of hablar- meaning to speak. The only Spanish word that I remember from sophomore year of high school.)
  • John Paul Jones (yes I'm aware this is not a word)

-Goldie Rose

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Dear Flugelhorn,

  • Flibbertigibbet
  • Desafortunadamente
  • Anachronistic
-Quixotic Kid
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Dear Falafel,

Antidisestablishmentarianism (Chrome refuses to recognize this as a real word, but if it has its own Wikipedia page, it's good enough for me)

Alfalfa (something a little easier on the tongue for those of you who rightly refuse to recognize as "fun" words that have as many syllables as an entire haiku)

Big scary ecclesiastical Latin-derived words like interdiction--but maybe that one's just a personal thing.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis doesn't have a particularly compelling etymology so it may not count as a real word--but real word or not, I find it pretty fun. Who needs strong etymological provenance, anyway? I was king of 5th grade thanks to this one.

 Genuinely,

9S

A:

Dear you,

Bidoof. No seriously. Say it aloud. Say it fast. See how it rolls off the tongue. A masterpiece of a name, I tell you.

-guppy of doom

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Dear muggle,

Avada kedavra! 

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-Lord Voldemort

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Dear Farfalle,

"Millennials" and "kill".

-Baby Boomers

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Dear impasta,

I have some of the more traditional favorites:

  • higgledy-piggledy (meaning helter-skelter)
  • whippersnapper (the opposite of fuddy-duddy)
  • hippomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (trepidation about brobdingnagian vernacular)
  • serendipitous (which means fortuitous)
  • soliloquy (a rhythmic musing)
  • bequeath (to impart a bequest),
Some words that Roald Dahl made up (source):
  • scrumdiddlyumptious (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  • snozzcomber (BFG)
  • whizzpopping (BFG)
  • phizz-wizzing (BFG),
And some that I just like saying instead of real words:
  • pasketti (instead of spaghetti)
  • intergalactic shock (as opposed to anaphylactic shock)
  • chicken corndog blue (chicken cordon bleu).

Splendiferously yours,

Inklings

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Dear Butter Flíes*,

My favorite words to say are “Why yes, I would like some free pizza, thanks for asking!”

It is so much fun whenever I get to say those. 

-Frère Rubik

*RIP to what used to be my favorite part of going to Brick Oven whenever Grand-Mère Rubik was in town:

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It was sadly lost to us when they did their extensive renovations. 

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Dear farfalle,

Well, I may be biased, but ... cerulean :) Its fun-to-say factor was one reason it won out to azure or cobalt as my 'nym.

Sincerely,

Cerulean

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Dear Impasta,

  • Bubbly
  • Susurrus 
  • Indubitably 

Also,

  • Moist
  • Fungal
  • Secretions

especially if you say them in that order. Are they disgusting words? Indubitably. Are they fun to say? Also yes, especially if you get to use them to bother your friends and family whom you love dearly but whose "Urghh, what's wrong with you?" reactions are too fun to pass up.

-Alta

Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

One of my friends just proposed to a girl after 3 weeks of dating her. Y’all have lived in Provo so I’m sure you’ve got stories. What’s your best crazy Provo engagement story?

-Tipperary

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Dear Tupperware, 

Pebble's brother told me a story about a guy who was at the stake center reporting to the high council right after his mission. Of course, they're like, "you know, the next thing to do is find a wife!" So the stake president said "You know, there's a YSA activity going on in the cultural hall right now, why don't you go get a girl?" or something like that.

He walked into the activity, looked around until someone caught his eye, and then went and told her that she was supposed to be his wife. She was all, "I have a boyfriend" to which he responded, "That's fine, just dump him!" 

And she did. They got engaged later that week, and have been married 5 years now. 

This is the story that Pebble's brother's mission president uses to enforce the advice of "She's not taken till she's sealed" which personally I HATE and think is horrible advice that NO ONE SHOULD FOLLOW. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

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Dear Tipperary,

This is slightly unrelated, but speaking of cringe-y things Provo couples do, I'm Facebook friends with this woman whose husband announced her pregnancy on Facebook by posting a picture of a beach with the caption, "Just like the waves on this beach, [Rhonda's] water will break in 8 months when she gives birth to our baby." It provided me with the worst mental imagery I have ever gotten from any Facebook post.

-Alta

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Dear Tip,

I heard the worst (best?) one as a TA. My student's sister's roommate got engaged on the third day of meeting a guy. They met and went on one date the first day, went on a second date and visited his family the second day, went on a third date and visited her family the third day (I guess all the families lived in/near Provo), and got engaged either that day or the next day. 

The second best story didn't happen at BYU but since it did happen to members of the Church I'll still share it. I heard this one straight from the couple's mouth. They had been married for over a decade and had a large and happy family, which seemed unlikely with this start of their relationship:

Gal and guy travel from their respective homes to their friends' wedding (gal was pals with the bride, guy was fly with the groom). Guy was at the sealing, having been off his mission for a few weeks, thought, "This is amazing - I want to get sealed! I'll marry the first woman I see after I leave the temple." Gal, a BYU student and not endowed, was waiting outside the temple. Guy saw gal as he left the temple, told the groom, "I'm going to marry that gal." Groom tells the bride, bride tells gal, and that evening guy happened to drive gal to the airport (I think the groom arranged that), gal tells guy, "So I heard you wanted to marry me." Guy is shocked but confirms this, and gal says, "Well, that's fine with me." Sure enough they got married.

-guppy of doom

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Dear Tipp Tipps,

Werf met werfette and they went on three dates. Werf proposes and she says yes! But then werf decided he needed to go on a mission and asked if werfette would wait for him. Werfette said yes and werf entered the MTC. While there, he had some health issues and had multiple heart attacks. Therefore, he got sent home. Werfette said to werf, "At least one of us should be a return missionary for our children!" Werfette puts in her mission papers and goes. Werf waits for her faithfully and is there for her when werfette gets back. They shortly get married after her homecoming and have three kids.

-Goldie Rose

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Dear you,

I was friends with a girl who all through high school was dating this guy. Except they claimed they weren't dating even as they snuggled up on couch for some make out sessions. As proof they were not dating, they went on dates with other people, but made sure to give each other a kiss and say, "I love you", before all of these dates. Basically my entire high school experience was being an awkward third wheel. It was very not great.

Anyways, this guy left on a mission right after graduating high school. And proceeded to keep a closer correspondence with the girl than with his own family. She attended all the Skype sessions with his family, and met as many of families of the other missionaries from that mission as possible (to be as involved as she possibly could in his mission). She was even there when he got off the plane coming home.

Turns out the guy was secretly planning with the girl's mom how he was going to propose while he was still on a mission, and so two days after he got back, they were engaged. I think it was very awkward for everyone to congratulate him for coming back from his mission and his impending marriage at his mission homecoming.

~Anathema

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Tipperary,

This isn't technically a Provo engagement story, and they weren't members at the time, but my grandpa proposed to my grandma on the second date and she said no.

-Inklings