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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

My 5 favorite words and what they mean to me

Gelo, Sorry, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius, Whatyoumacallit, Eina

Gelo – pronounced Jeh-loo

Language: Portuguese
Meaning: Ice, Frozen Water
Why it’s one of my favourites: It’s such an awesome word to say, it rolls of the tongue so nicely and it’s foreign. Think wimpy advert. This is a word I’ll throw into a verbal sentence just because it sounds so lekker.

Eina – pronounced ay-nah

Language: I’m not 100% sure if it was originally an Afrikaans word, but I know it is used by many South Africans whose home language is not English
Meaning: Pain, English equivalent would be ouch.
Why it’s one of my favourites: I feel that somehow it eases the pain just a little when you scream it and everyone comes running. When Bob bashed me in the eye I screamed Eina! And everyone came running.

Whatyoumacallit – pronounced wot-you-ma-call-it

Language: Slang
Meaning: When you can’t find the name of the object or person you are referring to
Why it’s one of my favourites: You just say “Please can you bring me my whatyoumacallit?” and then whoever you’ve  asked and you take guesses at what it is until you either point to it, get it or they guess the right name. So using that word starts a game, that’s why I like it. It’s Fun! I rotate the use of this word with Thingymabob and Dingemaleri (I think this one may be unique to our family) but they all have the same meaning.

Sorry – pronounced Saw-ree

Language: English
Meaning: Feeling regret or sympathy
Why it’s one of my favourites: It’s a word that can disarm, it cannot be ignored but if it is abused it loses its meaning completely.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – pronounced super-kala-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docius

Language: English           
Meaning: Really good, wonderful
Why it’s one of my favourites: It was in the Mary Poppins movie which I watched over and over again during my primary school career. We also used to play a game with it until everybody knew what the answer was. We used to go “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, can you spell it?” and you were supposed to say "I" "T" but everyone on their first time playing this game tried their very best to spell  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Pronunciations are how I say the words.

How many favourite words do you have and what are they? 

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