Etiquette Hell

A Civil World. Off-topic discussions on a variety of topics. Guests, register for forum membership to see all the boards. => Humor Me! => Topic started by: Bijou on November 10, 2011, 01:59:55 PM

Title: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Bijou on November 10, 2011, 01:59:55 PM
Some words sound like they would mean something pretty, but really don't. 

Pandomonium.  Sounds like something that would be part of a symphony.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Moonie on November 10, 2011, 02:01:01 PM
Acute angina.   Nothing cute about it.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: MrTango on November 10, 2011, 02:08:23 PM
Some words sound like they would mean something pretty, but really don't. 

Pandomonium.  Sounds like something that would be part of a symphony.

I suppose it would depend on who composed said symphony.

My first thought was Durian fruit.  Sounds nice, but apparently smells awful.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: hobish on November 10, 2011, 02:34:00 PM

Ooh, what a great thread idea :)

I have always thought abattoir to have such a nice ring to it. It sounds like a place draped in gauze with soft lighting and music and slight smell of perfume in the air.

Vivisection also sounds so much more fun and exciting than the reality.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: baglady on November 10, 2011, 03:54:07 PM
"Wintry mix."

That's what the weather forecasters call the old rain/sleet/snow combo. It sounds like something yummy you'd get at Dairy Queen, but it isn't yummy at all!

(I prefer my friend's term for such weather: "precrapitation.")
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Harriet Jones on November 10, 2011, 04:13:14 PM
Chlamydia
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: hobish on November 10, 2011, 04:14:34 PM
Chlamydia

Somewhere out there someone named their daughter that, I just know it.  :P
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Kimblee on November 10, 2011, 04:17:26 PM

Ooh, what a great thread idea :)

I have always thought abattoir to have such a nice ring to it. It sounds like a place draped in gauze with soft lighting and music and slight smell of perfume in the air.

Vivisection also sounds so much more fun and exciting than the reality.

I agree on abattoir. I always get confused when I read the word because I KNOW what it means, but its such a floaty pretty word.

My "not-so-pretty" word: "rosacia" Sounds like a perfume, but is the cause of a good friend's constant angst.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Sterling on November 10, 2011, 08:46:47 PM
Went to school with a girl named Chlamydia.  Her mom couldn't read and overhear someone reading a pamphlet at the health department while waiting on her check up.  She thought it sounded nice and didn't know what it meant.

Friend really suffered through jr hr and high school.  She got a full ride to a university and had her name legally changed to Lydia as soon as she turned 18.

She is a county judge now.  Can you imagine a judge named Chlamydia?
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: baglady on November 10, 2011, 09:34:10 PM
Quote
Went to school with a girl named Chlamydia.  Her mom couldn't read and overhear someone reading a pamphlet at the health department while waiting on her check up.  She thought it sounded nice and didn't know what it meant...  had her name legally changed to Lydia as soon as she turned 18.

There used to be a radio shock jock around here who referred to this local newscaster (http://www.wten.com/global/Story.asp?s=11179328) as "Lydia Chlamydia."

Thinking of women with "disease" names, I once met a woman named Candida.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on November 11, 2011, 10:24:34 AM


Thinking of women with "disease" names, I once met a woman named Candida.


That's an actual name of Spanish origin.  My FIL threw it out there for ODD's name, either his mom or Aunt was named Candida.

I declined.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: hobish on November 11, 2011, 10:34:13 AM

Oh, my. I didn’t know Candida is an illness. I Do Not recommend a Google image search :-X  Such a shame; it really is a pretty name.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: *new*mommyagain36 on November 11, 2011, 01:02:57 PM
I have known 2 women named Candida.  It really struck me as odd but, yes, both were Spanish so I guess that explains it, different culture, different rules.  Also, both went by the nickname "Candy" so....don't know.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 11, 2011, 07:51:48 PM


(I prefer my friend's term for such weather: "precrapitation.")

I am SO stealing this one!
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: whiterose on November 12, 2011, 09:33:17 AM
I saw a lady named Keturia working at a store once.

Keturah is a Biblical Hebrew name (I think she was Abraham's second wife, IIRC).

Keturia is a medical condition involving too many ketones in your urine!!!


I have seen more than one girl named Alexia.

Alexa and Alexis are derivatives of Alexandra.

Alexia is a learning disability meaning "the inability to read, or learn how to read". Way worse, and far less common, than Dyslexia.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: wx4caster on November 12, 2011, 10:16:03 AM


(I prefer my friend's term for such weather: "precrapitation.")

I am SO stealing this one!

So am I!
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Bijou on November 13, 2011, 02:09:50 AM
Someone might name their daughter Salmonella.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Ereine on November 13, 2011, 03:31:14 AM
I think that Alexia is like Candida, they're both legitimate names in some places, though they also have unpleasant meanings (like Claudia, which means crippled). Of course my opinion is colored by the fact that the Alexia I know is probably the awesomest baby ever :)
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Steve on November 13, 2011, 03:35:24 AM
We have a princess called Alexia :) not much of an issue here.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: MrsO on November 13, 2011, 05:21:38 AM
Someone might name their daughter Salmonella.

There was a local newspaper article on twins who were ill, called Sam and Ella. It referred t them as Sam and Ella right through the article. Why oh WHY not refer to them as Ella and Sam? Surely someone realised how it sounded?
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Bijou on November 13, 2011, 06:34:21 AM
Someone might name their daughter Salmonella.

There was a local newspaper article on twins who were ill, called Sam and Ella. It referred t them as Sam and Ella right through the article. Why oh WHY not refer to them as Ella and Sam? Surely someone realised how it sounded?
Oh, gosh.  Someone at the newspaper thought they were being cute, maybe?
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: pendragon1980 on November 13, 2011, 09:05:10 AM
Ran into this one last night at work and thought of this thread.

Pellegra    :P

Trust me, sounds better than it looks.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Harriet Jones on November 13, 2011, 07:35:20 PM
Pellagra's the actual disease, though, right?
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: pendragon1980 on November 13, 2011, 08:17:08 PM
Pellagra's the actual disease, though, right?

Yes
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Editeer on November 13, 2011, 09:22:06 PM
The Pellegra family were our neighbors when I was a child.

A lovely word to me is scybala. What it means, not so lovely: hardened masses of feces in the intestine.  :P
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: *new*mommyagain36 on November 14, 2011, 08:14:19 AM
Not to step on toes but I believe the term is Ketonuria not Keturia.   :-\  Just saying.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Mal on November 14, 2011, 08:21:13 AM
I'm sooo gonna name my daughter Pneumonia!

Jokes aside, I used to know a girl who thought, when she was very little, a Silicone was a strangely shaped ice cream cone. You know, coming from silly straw...
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: whiskeytangofoxtrot on November 14, 2011, 11:30:12 AM
A friend's son used to work with a girl whose name was pronounced "Sha-theed". I'm sure her parents meant well, but they should've re-thought the rather unfortunate spelling...  Sh!the@d (with obvious character substitutions!). Poor kid.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Mal on November 14, 2011, 03:04:16 PM
A friend's son used to work with a girl whose name was pronounced "Sha-theed". I'm sure her parents meant well, but they should've re-thought the rather unfortunate spelling...  Sh!the@d (with obvious character substitutions!). Poor kid.

What was her ethnic background? Because if it's a legitimate name in her / her parents' home country, especially if it's supposed to be pronounced in the way of the original language, I don't really think it should count... it's like with the Indian diplomat with the "dubious" last name...
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: whiskeytangofoxtrot on November 15, 2011, 12:13:37 PM
This is her home country... :-[
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Mal on November 15, 2011, 02:46:22 PM
...okay, then it's a little iffy...  :-\
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: VorFemme on November 15, 2011, 04:16:37 PM
Usually - the "odd"names in the language of the "new" country (or sometimes words not in the vocabulary of the parent picking out the name) are selected because they sound pretty - or they are being pronounced by the rules of the old language and sound pretty THAT way.

But Latin & Greek words overheard in the hospital are usually a very bad idea to pick as a name..............as medical terms that sound pretty can be very far from pretty when you learn what the word refers to.

And I remember writing in high school about a name I've since looked up - at least the poor character never made it out of my notebooks.................
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Thipu1 on November 23, 2011, 09:46:31 AM
I seem to recall an old SNL skit that was a take-off on Greek mythology.  It featured the doomed lover Herpes and Chlaymidia. 
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Ms_Cellany on November 23, 2011, 10:34:34 AM
JRR Tolkien said that "cellardoor" is the prettiest word in the English language.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Eisa on November 24, 2011, 05:31:16 AM
Effluvia sounds pretty, does it not? :D
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: JadeGirl on November 24, 2011, 05:39:20 AM
I'm partial to Flagella, Yersinia and Rubeola  :D
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Nora on November 24, 2011, 04:46:33 PM
Glioma/glioblastoma/oligodendrogliom. I quite like the way it sounds in Norwegian, but knowing what it is does take the pretty out of it. It's not the poor glial cells fault that they had to lend their name to a horrible illness! Glial cells are awesome! Also, I just really like pronouncing the glio-part.

Duodenum sounds awfully pretty to me, and a healthy one is a great thing to own!
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Sirius on November 24, 2011, 07:23:52 PM
I just like typing esophagogastroduodenoscopy.  And choledocholithiasis (stones in the biliary tree).  And endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.  I've undergone an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (it's the opposite of a colonoscopy) and I underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography because I had choledocholithiasis. 

So I'm weird. 
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Ms_Cellany on November 24, 2011, 08:19:20 PM
I once attended a rally for the Superconducting Super Collider in The Chautauqua Pavillion in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie, Texas.

Edited for spelling. No surprise, really.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: hobish on November 30, 2011, 01:29:39 PM
I once attended a rally for the Superconducting Super Collider in The Chautaqua Pavillion in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie, Texas.

That is full of awesome.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: TurtleDove on November 30, 2011, 01:31:59 PM
Chlamydia

Somewhere out there someone named their daughter that, I just know it.  :P

I've posted this before but when I was much younger and first heard the word (but did not know the meaning) I thought it was SO GORGEOUS for a name for a girl.  Like a mix of Chloe and Lydia.  I still do!
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Gyburc on December 01, 2011, 09:56:52 AM

And I remember writing in high school about a name I've since looked up - at least the poor character never made it out of my notebooks.................

When I was in my teens, I made up a fantasy map for a kingdom called 'Annal'. But I decided I wanted to spell it a little differently.

So I left out one of the 'n's.

It was only years later (when clearing out old papers) that I realised what I'd done.

 :o  ;D
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: kethria on December 01, 2011, 10:10:04 AM
When my coworker Shirley was pregnant we made a list of joke names for her to name her baby (she didn't find out the gender) I was convinced it was a girl (it was) and told her I would give her 5000 dollars if she named her kid Tularemia. Tula for short. We're microbiologists so there were lots of suggestions for Salmonella, Escherichia, Listeria, etc. I still think Tularemia is cute. :P Maybe if we get a pet rabbit.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Ms_Cellany on December 01, 2011, 01:01:19 PM
I still think Tularemia is cute. :P Maybe if we get a pet rabbit.

"And this is her brother, Myxomatosis!"
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: kethria on December 01, 2011, 01:30:08 PM
I still think Tularemia is cute. :P Maybe if we get a pet rabbit.

"And this is her brother, Myxomatosis!"
Bwhahahahahahaha... I think I love you.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Ms_Cellany on December 01, 2011, 02:39:16 PM
I still think Tularemia is cute. :P Maybe if we get a pet rabbit.

"And this is her brother, Myxomatosis!"
Bwhahahahahahaha... I think I love you.

Get in line ;D
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Sirius on December 01, 2011, 04:09:00 PM
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.  Love the sound of that, although you don't want it as it's the new name for Pseudomonas. 
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: amylouky on January 25, 2012, 01:06:26 PM
My sister (an oncology RN) always gets amused at Melania Trump. I didn't get it until she explained that "melana" is a med term for bloody stool.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: BabylonSister on January 25, 2012, 06:37:16 PM
Golden staph (staphylococcus aureus). So ... shiny.


The Cinderella effect is actually pretty sad stuff.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Elisabunny on January 25, 2012, 10:17:07 PM
One of my son's meds is Tacrolimus.  Somehow it sounds to me like some kind of lovely, leafy houseplant.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Hollanda on January 27, 2012, 11:33:35 AM
Candida. It took me ages to work out that it wasn't something sweet  :-[
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Sirius on January 30, 2012, 02:27:16 PM
Another of my favorite transcription words:  Choledocholithiasis.  In other words, stones in the biliary tree.  I've had it, and it's painful, plus I turned yellow.  But for some reason I like typing it.  I know, I'm strange.   ;D
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Hollanda on January 30, 2012, 02:32:11 PM
I always thought chlamdyia was a flower  :-[
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Thipu1 on January 31, 2012, 10:33:23 AM
Candida. It took me ages to work out that it wasn't something sweet  :-[

Actually, in a play by George Bernard Shaw, the name of the female lead character is Candida. 
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: White Dragon on January 31, 2012, 01:09:48 PM
Candida. It took me ages to work out that it wasn't something sweet  :-[

More yeasty than sweet I think...
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Thipu1 on February 01, 2012, 10:19:13 AM
Actually, in the play, Candida is more candid than sweet.  I sincerely doubt that GBS knew the medical sense of the term.
Title: Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
Post by: Carotte on February 01, 2012, 08:25:28 PM
Golden staph (staphylococcus aureus). So ... shiny.


The Cinderella effect is actually pretty sad stuff.

Staphylocoque dorée in french, I quite like it too as a name - the golden part makes me think of a special and rare pokemon.