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Things that sound pretty but aren't
« on: November 10, 2011, 02:59:55 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.
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2011, 03:01:01 PM »
Acute angina.   Nothing cute about it.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2011, 03:08:23 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.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2011, 03:34:00 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.
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2011, 04:54:07 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.")
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2011, 05:13:14 PM »
Chlamydia

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2011, 05:14:34 PM »
Chlamydia

Somewhere out there someone named their daughter that, I just know it.  :P
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2011, 05:17:26 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.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2011, 09:46:47 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?
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2011, 10:34:10 PM »
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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 as "Lydia Chlamydia."

Thinking of women with "disease" names, I once met a woman named Candida.
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2011, 11:24:34 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.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2011, 11:34:13 AM »

Oh, my. I didnít know Candida is an illness. I Do Not recommend a Google image search :-X  Such a shame; it really is a pretty name.
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2011, 02:02:57 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.
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2011, 08:51:48 PM »


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

I am SO stealing this one!

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2011, 10:33:17 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.
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