Like yin and yang. Bono and Cher. Jekyll and Hyde. While they’ll always be a long list of words we hate, there’s just as many that we’ll always love.  Some are satisfying. Others are fun to say. And lots are hard to spell. Here’s a bunch of our favourites, add yours below.


Mercenary: Such a whimsical sounding word with such an unfortunate meaning.

Whack: As in, that shit is whack.

Terrific: Because it’s so positive without being hyper.

Fizzy: It’s just filled with happy, sugary sentiment.

Outstanding: A word you can say with great gusto. The word gusto is also outstanding.
Grumpy: Close to the perfect word because looking at it can reverse the effects of feeling.

Discombobulate, boondoggle, gerrymander: Some words just sound beautiful, or give your tongue a sneaky little massage on the way out.

Suppository: A great word for all the wrong reasons.

Fresh: Saying it out loud has the power to make you feel it.

Preposterous: It’s all about the double “p”.

Pique: It’s cute.

Provisions: Because who doesn’t want to think about baskets with eggs in them, and slabs of bacon…

Lascivious: Satisfying to say.

Lecherous: Ditto. Also sounds a little old-world.

Deplane: So much classier than “unload” or “get off” an aircraft.

Correct: It’s unambiguous and can rescue conversations that are going awry.

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    • Fiztpatrick says:

      06:02am | 25/05/12


    • Martin says:

      09:31am | 25/05/12


      Looking at this from a word association viewpoint, I’m torn between ‘Chocolate Cake’ and (ahem) certain parts of the female anatomy. What would Freud have made of that ?

    • Loddlaen says:

      09:50am | 25/05/12


      It’s a perfectly cromulant word!!

    • pa_kelvin says:

      04:47pm | 25/05/12

      I hear the word “SPOOF” is making a come back.(no pun intended)

    • Fitzpatrick says:

      06:54pm | 25/05/12

      @pa_kelvin - don’t be disgusting. This is a family website.

    • Macca says:

      06:20am | 25/05/12

      My partner likes “purchases”, as a synonym for “shitloads of unnecessary shoe and dress shopping bags”

    • Emma says:

      07:03am | 25/05/12

      As English is my second language I dont necessarily associate a word with its meaning. So the other day on the bus a little boy called his mother a “fucknuckle”. I love that word. Its so cute. Obviously though not when said to your own mother.

    • Louie the Fly says:

      07:24am | 25/05/12

      Oh no, I am going to have to be very careful not to use that word today. 
      Emma, that gave me a belly laugh.

    • Kebabpete says:

      08:56am | 25/05/12

      I love that word. I often use it in the car when someone cuts me off or takes my parking space.

    • Kika says:

      11:47am | 25/05/12

      He called his mother that? AHAHAHAHAHA Classic. Probably picked it up from Dad.

    • Anne71 says:

      12:32pm | 25/05/12

      I love that word too! I first heard it in the film “Hercules Returns”, when one of the characters says to his son - “Come ‘ere, fucknuckle, I want a word with yer.”

    • stephen says:

      07:12am | 25/05/12


    • Emma says:

      07:24am | 25/05/12

      Orange is a word that women despise.

    • adam says:

      10:45am | 25/05/12

      Really Emma? Why?

      It seems so, well , innocuous

    • Anne71 says:

      12:34pm | 25/05/12

      The list could, quite literally, go on forever.

    • Louie the Fly says:

      07:16am | 25/05/12

      Chihuahua.  Of course I have 2 cool dude Chiwowows!
      Such fun to say and own.

    • Louise the Fly says:

      07:22am | 25/05/12

      Especially ” badly bred Chihuahuas with crooked mouths, seized by Police and RSPCA”  known all round my town as: The Dodgy Brothers.

      But seriously,  I love saying DODGY.  A fun word, with a fabulous meaning.

    • Samantha says:

      01:25pm | 25/05/12

      “Dodgy” is like “dud” to me.  Funny word to say and it just sounds like the word completely.  I remember years ago when Mark Phillippoussis went really crap at the Aussie Open the next day’s headline read “Dud Scud…”.  I thought it was funny as!

    • Mike says:

      07:28am | 25/05/12

      A saying rather than a single word and never seen or heard by me before.  I discovered it on The Punch last week,  I have re-trawled the week’s comments but have been unable to locate it again.  I would love to be able to acknowledge the writer - I think it is up there with any of Mark Twain’s.
      “He must have two dicks.  Nobody could get that stupid playing only with one”
      The superlatives could go ‘dick’  ‘total dick’ and ‘two-dicker’
      I think ‘two-dicker’ is another word we could love - it is so descriptive.

    • Louise the Fly says:

      02:47pm | 25/05/12

      Yes.  I LMAO at that too.  I have been trying to remember it all week.
      Thanks Mike.

    • Lothar says:

      07:35am | 25/05/12

      Defenestration. Such a fancy sounding word for such an oddly specific thing

    • Ross says:

      10:12am | 25/05/12

      You beat me to it, love that word! Also fartleberry is great for a semi g rated insult, doppleganger and epistaxis.

    • gobsmack says:

      07:37am | 25/05/12

      What’s the loveliest word in the English language, officer? In the sound it makes in the mouth? In the shape it makes in the page? “E-L-B-O-W”
      Phillip E. Marlow
      The Singing Detective

    • Al says:

      08:04am | 25/05/12

      I like some of the words in the books I am re-reading at the moment:

    • Al says:

      08:42am | 25/05/12

      Of those 3 I think mind-ream is my favorite!

    • John L says:

      11:30am | 25/05/12

      sounds like Gibson…

    • Huey says:

      08:14am | 25/05/12

      Serendipity..and bring back Bonzer!

    • Ambre says:

      08:15am | 25/05/12

      I have always LOVED the word superfluous! It just rolls off the tongue. I also feel that the word superfluous is superfluous, why not just say ‘too much’?

    • Sam says:

      10:08am | 25/05/12

      Superfluous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  One of my favorite words grin  I also love loquatious, but there are few times in life when you get to use them :-(

    • Audra Blue says:

      12:46pm | 25/05/12

      Another one in that ilk is “mellifluous”

      Simply divine!

    • LJ Dots says:

      06:38pm | 25/05/12

      Audra Blue, first thing I thought of as well.

      On a similar note - melodious definitely should included. Strangely, the stunted portion ‘odious’ manages to both offend and rate highly on the ugly list.

      While I’m at it, loquacious & eloquence deserve a mention.

    • Mike D says:

      08:23am | 25/05/12


    • fairsfair says:

      08:23am | 25/05/12


      I know its bad, but after “the” it is probably the second most utilized word in my vocabulary.

      I also love the word “strewth” and my favourite sounding word of.all.time (which is a name) is Amelia.

    • Kirsty says:

      12:33pm | 25/05/12

      I may incorporate the first one into my vocabulary just because it seems like a word that perfectly describes certain situations. 
      As far as strewth goes I am more partial to using bugger.

    • SimpleSimon says:

      08:23am | 25/05/12


    • Steve Perry says:

      08:30am | 25/05/12

      That is such a bucket cool word!

    • Aitch B says:

      08:28am | 25/05/12


    • Emma says:

      08:51am | 25/05/12


    • cateray says:

      10:37am | 25/05/12

      ‘The Trouser’ is my dog’s nickname.

    • Arthur says:

      08:38am | 25/05/12


    • Samantha says:

      01:27pm | 25/05/12

      “The best of the sexually transmitted diseases.” - Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

    • sunny says:

      08:44am | 25/05/12

      What about those new fizzy suppositories, which have been known to pique and even discombobulate. Don’t use them mid-flight or you’ll get a terrific incentive to deplane right there and then.

    • Kika says:

      09:09am | 25/05/12

      LIKE +1

    • acotrel says:

      08:51am | 25/05/12

      I like the word ‘prat’ !  Sometimes it is so apt.

    • MarkS says:

      08:51am | 25/05/12

      Deplane, ugly

      Schadenfreude, love it both its meaning & shape

    • adam says:

      08:57am | 25/05/12


      also Sputum

    • Kebabpete says:

      09:00am | 25/05/12

      Splendiferous! That dinner last night was splendiferous!

      Whacko - Look at your flash new car, whacko!

    • TugboatBen says:

      10:31am | 25/05/12


    • Dash says:

      09:01am | 25/05/12


      Now that’s a word!

    • Nathan Explosion says:

      09:01am | 25/05/12

      Most of mine come from spending too much time on the internet:

      * F*ckchop
      * Douchecanoe
      * Feels

      Feels is my new favourite, it seems to come from Tumblr when talking about shows and the opposite of “What is this I can’t even”. I’ve seen it used for Game of Thrones (FEELINGS ARE COMING!), Sherlock (REICHENBACH FEELS!) but mostly, ‘all my feels’ for something you loved.

    • Richard says:

      09:07am | 25/05/12


      It has ass in it not once but twice.

    • Kika says:

      09:10am | 25/05/12


    • fairsfair says:

      11:57am | 25/05/12

      Sharon and Warren? lol

    • adam says:

      12:20pm | 25/05/12

      and they live at Dunroamin’ Fairs,

      god I love my inner bogan!

    • Preacher Man says:

      09:10am | 25/05/12

      “Oresome Fucking Wells” - courtesy of Nathan Barley, a brilliant UK series.

    • TugboatBen says:

      09:12am | 25/05/12

      Backpfeifengesicht. That is all.

    • Kebabpete says:

      10:29am | 25/05/12

      Is that because someone above had already used Antidisestablishmentarianism?

    • TugboatBen says:

      10:47am | 25/05/12

      No, just love the word, even if German isn’t my first language. (or any of my languages) . I do have to thank Andrew Denton for putting me onto it though.

    • Emma says:

      11:39am | 25/05/12

      If you like that then you might as well like “Gesichtsfasching”. Fasching is similar to Halloween where kids get dressed up. And Gesicht means face. So its basically an insult to people who should rather not show their faces during daylight.

    • fml says:

      09:15am | 25/05/12


      Yes, I will have it fried please.

      Also, Discombobulate = Immense.

    • boggles says:

      09:23am | 25/05/12

      Boggles - as in:
      I can’t believe the nonsense conservative fanboys post as the truth, it boggles the mind.

    • Sarahh says:

      09:26am | 25/05/12

      Infidel.  I also really like ‘logistical nightmare’

    • TimmyJB says:

      11:35am | 25/05/12

      Logistical nightmare is one of my all time favourite phrases.

      I use it as often as possible.

    • Martin says:

      09:40am | 25/05/12

      “Gawd”. As as aetheist it allows me to circumvent years of childhood Sunday school conditioning when overcome with the desire to utter religious expletives in certain situations. Ergo, having my moist Chocolate cake and ingesting it simultaneously.

      “Ergo” always reminds me of Will Ferrell for some strange reason ...

    • Scott says:

      09:52am | 25/05/12

      Love the word dicombobulate, sounds great and it spelt the way it sounds

    • zoe says:

      09:52am | 25/05/12

      I’ve always loved the French word for window ‘fenetre’ for some reason.  also cloister, ambulate and the phrase packin darkies.

    • Samantha says:

      01:29pm | 25/05/12

      Yet the same language spawns the word “poupee” for doll.  I never understood that one.  The English sounds much better.

    • James1 says:

      10:01am | 25/05/12

      This is a combination of parts of two words, I know, but I love it nonetheless: fough.  It refers to the times when the force of a cough makes you fart.

      Also, snart.  Both very satisfying words.

    • Louie the Fly says:

      02:54pm | 25/05/12

      Ha, ha ha, ha, fough .... Oops, ‘scuse me.

    • egg says:

      10:02am | 25/05/12

      Gumption! Also, arse-hat.

    • Lofo says:

      10:24am | 25/05/12

      - Clammy
      - Glide
      - Floral
      All slightly onomatopoeic - another good’un.

    • cateray says:

      10:39am | 25/05/12


    • iansand says:

      10:40am | 25/05/12


    • adam says:

      10:42am | 25/05/12


      both noun and verb

    • acotrel says:

      10:44am | 25/05/12

      - irregardless

      I just love that !

    • Knemon says:

      10:56am | 25/05/12


      It’s not so much the sound I like but more the look. Any word containing 6 Z’s has to be beautiful.

    • Baloo says:

      11:06am | 25/05/12

      That’s actually quite easy to say out loud.

    • Fred says:

      11:01am | 25/05/12

      Residual. Makes you sound smart and it’s useful.

    • sunny says:

      11:51am | 25/05/12

      Hehe classic.. yeah if you hear someone in an expensive business suit on their mobile phone saying “Don’t sweat the residual, it’s equitable in this market”, there’s a good chance they have football season tickets and day spa as part of their salary package.

      Then (in King Gees, beanie and Dunlop volleys)  I’d chip in with “Yeah totally equitable dude, if you ask me. Forget them shitting residuals!” smile

    • Wickerman says:

      11:02am | 25/05/12

      Favourite (& IMHO witty) one word insults:

    • Barrel of Monkeys says:

      11:04am | 25/05/12


      This little gem (informal/slang meaning) is waaaay underutilized on the Punch given the number of opportunities available.

    • qwerty says:

      11:16am | 25/05/12

      love all these comments - good job gang!

    • Slothy says:

      11:18am | 25/05/12

      Leaving the fancy pants words behind, a few favourite neologisms:

      Devo: as in short for ‘devastated’. “Did ya hear Jim was fired?” “Yeah, saw him at lunch, poor guy is devo.” “Ah, knocked over my beer!” “Mmm, devo.” I love it and its boganiness.

      MacGyver (as a verb): I know we spoke about hating using nouns as verbs, but I will totally make an exception for this one. “The software wouldn’t let me set up the graph the way I needed it to, but I MacGyvered it and now it looks great.” “I couldn’t find a pattern that did what I needed it too, so I took three different ones and MacGyvered myself the perfect gloves.” “I totally MacGyvered myself a dual rolling pin/scone cutter out of this spare light fitting.”

      Borked: Also goes well with MacGyver. “I tried to sort it out, but the spreadsheet is totally borked.” “You borked it.” “This cable is borked, but grab that HDMI cord and we’ll MacGyver a new setup.”

    • TimmyJB says:

      11:39am | 25/05/12

      +1 for MacGuyver. Unfortunately I do not get enough opportunities to use it.

    • gobsmack says:

      11:33am | 25/05/12


    • sunny says:

      12:26pm | 25/05/12

      Whenever you win an argument on the Punch do you ever think “Read it and weep- you’ve just been gobsmacked my friend!”

    • gobsmack says:

      04:06pm | 25/05/12

      I’ll tell you when I win one.

    • Leopold says:

      11:43am | 25/05/12


    • SimpleSimon says:

      11:47am | 25/05/12

      The word used to describe the queen in the last frame of this comic.

    • DM says:

      11:52am | 25/05/12

      I have always loved the word ‘splice’

    • graboy says:

      11:58am | 25/05/12

      Melody and melodious.

    • P-Train says:

      11:59am | 25/05/12

      Snaffle .... to snaffle a good bargain.
      F—-tard .... the person driving up my arse is a——tard
      Prime .... synonym to awesome .... that goal was prime!
      C-ckblocker .... someone who gets in your way of obtaining some poon
      Poon .... what the cockblocker tries to stop you from getting access to
      Snaked .... getting in at the last moment to obtain something someone else wanted, or having it done to you, akin to pushing in line.
      Last night I went out and was trying to snaffle some prime poon and was snaked by some f—-tard of a cockbocker and went home to feed the chickens.

    • off centre says:

      12:01pm | 25/05/12

      Decrepit - makes you sound smart when describing bad suburbs smile as in “let’s get out of this decrepit shithole”

    • Mmmm says:

      12:03pm | 25/05/12


    • Samantha says:

      01:34pm | 25/05/12

      This rolls off the tongue like “luscious” does.

    • Punters Pal says:

      12:06pm | 25/05/12

      My daugther was watching an old cartoon and they used a term “swell guy”. I though what a great word, “swell”, sadly going very much out of fashion.

    • Louie the Fly says:

      03:52pm | 25/05/12

      Pal, agree.
      and SWELLEGANT

      Remember “What a Swell Party That Was ”
      Elegant Swellegant

    • Dave3 says:

      12:35pm | 26/05/12

      Haha swellegant is now my new favourite word, love it

    • Schmavo says:

      12:09pm | 25/05/12

      Phlegm - it’s even spelt as bad as it is

    • NigelC says:

      01:04pm | 25/05/12


    • Luthien Nienna says:

      01:26pm | 25/05/12

      Literally. - I don’t dislike this word, but dislike how often it is misused.

      Choice. - As is “Wow, that’s choice!” - was overused by a teacher I once had.

    • Blue Light says:

      01:32pm | 25/05/12

      I like when a Scotsman calls his female friends “hen”, makes me feel all clucky warm and fuzzy inside when they call me that.

    • Samantha says:

      01:44pm | 25/05/12

      “doing these ones”, as in, “he / she was doing these ones” and the person is imitating what people were doing, usually insultingly or otherwise.  Heard it at work one day and it reminded me just how funny a phrase it is.
      Someone already stole “superfluous” and “clusterfuck”, but otherwise I just shorten every word that needs shortening in true Australian fashion.
      I hear some beauties on a daily basis but for the life of me, I can’t remember any… damn.

    • iansand says:

      01:46pm | 25/05/12


    • stephen says:

      06:34pm | 26/05/12

      Yeah that word I thought of too, but what about ‘ambush’ ?

    • TNT says:

      02:03pm | 25/05/12


      Fustigate is my all time favourite.

    • OldGreyFox says:

      02:29pm | 25/05/12 case anyone gets down this far..and if you still remember the author’s original set-up or premise (now there’s one)’s bloody Sonny and Cher not Bono and Cher. Sonny’s surname was Bono. Fucknuckle.

    • Samantha says:

      03:43pm | 25/05/12

      I was wondering why I sounded wrong.  Now I know. Seconded.

    • Ben says:

      02:35pm | 25/05/12

      Stop masticating on this subject, all of you.

    • Kat says:

      02:46pm | 25/05/12

      I like affirmative and concur, you can sound posh even when you’re being a tool! :D

    • SydneyGirl says:

      04:01pm | 25/05/12

      lambent,  jantelagen, epicene, growlery.

      The last perfect for The Punch: When I am out of humour, I come and growl here.

      That is all.

    • Beth says:

      04:36pm | 25/05/12

      I love the word “Seldom”
      I despise the word “Surreal”

    • Angry Fat Bitch says:

      06:56pm | 25/05/12

      My favourites are monkey, puddle, strawberry, and doll. Just because I love how they sound, and I love to say them.

      And since no-one else has brought it up…. “cellar door”.

    • Eddisl says:

      12:29pm | 28/05/12

      bumblebee, just all summery and buzzy (and buzz is another good one)

    • Lisa says:

      03:15pm | 28/05/12

      I love deluge and antediluvian.  They just flow…


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