Sunday, August 03, 2008

Fun Monday - Grease is NOT the Word

Emily and Jennifer at Mothers of Brothers volunteered to host this week. Their challenge:
Choose your favorite words or words. And the trouble is - it’s hard to choose. We bloggers love all words. But luckily, these are words and not people so we don’t have to worry about offending the words we didn’t choose.

They are right. I LOVE words. And amazingly enough, one word did pop into my head as soon as I read the challenge.
Supercilious

Adjective
1. Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "shaggy supercilious camels"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer.
2. Expressive of contempt; "curled his lip in a supercilious smile"; "spoke in a sneering jeering manner"; "makes many a sharp comparison but never a mean or snide one".

It just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Super-silly-ous. And if you use it correctly, you can have the last word AND leave them scratching their heads.

I'm not sure why this word was the first one to come to me. I've spent the whole week thinking of other words, but this one keeps coming back. Perhaps it's the fact that it's election year.

29 comments:

Jan said...

Supercilious is a word I don't use, I'll have to remedy that.

Big Momma said...

Most excellent choice. I do however disagree: Grease is the word.

Faye said...

Since I'm constantly in the world of Jane Austen, your "supercilious" sounds perfectly everyday to me. Even in modern day we still have people who deserve to be described as supercilious. Just need to use it in one more sentence and it's mine!

MothersofBrothers said...

Love that word! And I dont think I have ever used it in a sentence despite a myriad (and plethora) of opportunities to do so!! The first choice is always the best - Im glad you stuck with this one. Thanks for sharing your words -- today and going forward!!

Alison said...

great word..I also love the title of the post!!!

amanda said...

Oh now I have Grease is the Word on the brain! Great post. :)

Sauntering Soul said...

OMG I have someone I'm going to use this word on tomorrow. Thanks!

Molly said...

Supercilious is a good word. Your word reminded me of another favorite word, superfluous.

Gattina said...

Thank you for the explanation, otherwise I would have had to use my dictionary ! Didn't know this word, lol !

lisaschaos said...

I do love that word too! I am loving playing with all these words. :) My tongue feels happy!

Pamela said...

Can we be super silly us, without being supercilious. hee hee.
Great choice.

SwampAngel65 said...

This FM is like an great big tongue exercise! I like your word and will add it to my list of things to do...use a new word each day!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

Oh I like very much! :) And I cannot wait to use it! lol

Anonymous said...

I love the word "cantilever". I don't know why.

-Cordelia

Ari_1965 said...

I know a guy with who owns two Basenjis. Super and Cilious--Su and Li, for short.

Tiggerlane said...

Supercilious is a GREAT word, but I always get it confused with something dealing with fuzzy, fringed amoeba.

storyteller said...

Interesting choice … especially the way it kept returning to your mind. I wish I’d been so fortunate. Your word DOES have a wonderful sound to it!
Hugs and blessings,

Robocop said...

That word describes half the people that I work under.

Anonymous said...

And easy to remember what it means, just remember the elements
super--silly--ass

dad

ChrisB said...

You have chosen a great word I love this one...I use it on embee sometimes!

MommyWizdom said...

OOh, good word - I got goosebumps! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Sandy said...

Great word. The minute I read it, the words "obsequious" and "ubiquitous" also came to mind.

Thank you.

karisma said...

I have been extremely super-silly ess today! Thats my story and I am sticking to it!

Consider yourself awarded/tagged by a super silly person!

Hugs xxxx

Patience said...

I thought it was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. My bad.

*red* said...

Mine is: magnanimous

I just LOVE that word. :) But it's not very easy to work into a conversation. ha..ha.ha..

*red*

Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of "nefarious" and try to work it into my work reports...

Andy

Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of "nefarious" and try to work it into my work reports...

Andy

grace said...

that word sounds delicious in my tongue. I will try and use it

HoosierGirl5 said...

Wow...lots of comments!

How close are you to Orlando? I'm possibly considering a trip to Florida in October.

J.