August 28, 2006

It used to be that my favorite word in the English language was velleity, meaning “the desire to do something that isn’t strong enough to make you actually get up off your ass and do it.”

No more.

Because last week I learned the word ucalegon, meaning “a neighbor whose house is on fire.”

I want to become an arsonist just so as to be able to use this word.

I mean, I already had a velleity to become an arsonist. But the prospect of being able to call the annoying people who live next door ucalegons might just push me over the edge into action.

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10 Responses to It used to be that my favorite word in the English language

  1. Monica says:

    Was that on “Says You”?

  2. Signalite says:

    oh my. Aren’t your homes connected though? And do you have cow nearby to pin the blame on?

  3. Kieran says:

    Faustus, I’m glad to see you back on the blog…some of your fans were a little worried that something had happened to you!

    And I’m pleased you have a new favorite word.

  4. Cliff says:

    Where did you learn these words? You should come up with a list. I’ll help you.

  5. Aidan says:

    What must really bother you is that you neighbors get to use ucalegon whenever they want to describe the flaming guy next door.

  6. Jannah says:

    There’s a word in Malaysia, (gerund)

    it means lounging, or hanging out at the mall.

    Sentence usage:

    I like lepaking around in the park watching time passes me by.

  7. David says:

    Well, now I know that Tom’s blog’s name actually means something.

    Tom. You don’t know him.

  8. birdfarm says:

    David’s comment made me laugh out loud (and I’m not one of those annoying people who adds “LOL” to the end of every sentence even though it’s highly doubtful (or else disturbing) that they are laughing that much).

    Your favorite words are much better than mine. And you have managed to use them both in a sentence. I’m envious. But I still love you.


  9. birdfarm says:

    Ha. I found Tom. Great blog too.

  10. gareth wyn says:

    So veleity is an atual word and an English one at that. T’internet is so useful and educational.


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