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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2011, 03:46:22 PM »
...okay, then it's a little iffy...  :-\

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2011, 05:16:37 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.................
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #32 on: November 23, 2011, 10:46:31 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. 

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #33 on: November 23, 2011, 11:34:34 AM »
JRR Tolkien said that "cellardoor" is the prettiest word in the English language.
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #34 on: November 24, 2011, 06:31:16 AM »
Effluvia sounds pretty, does it not? :D
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #35 on: November 24, 2011, 06:39:20 AM »
I'm partial to Flagella, Yersinia and Rubeola  :D

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #36 on: November 24, 2011, 05:46:33 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!
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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2011, 08:23:52 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. 

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #38 on: November 24, 2011, 09:19:20 PM »
I once attended a rally for the Superconducting Super Collider in The Chautauqua Pavillion in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie, Texas.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #39 on: November 30, 2011, 02:29:39 PM »
I once attended a rally for the Superconducting Super Collider in The Chautaqua Pavillion in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie, Texas.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #40 on: November 30, 2011, 02:31:59 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!

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2011, 10:56:52 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.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2011, 11:10:04 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.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2011, 02:01:19 PM »
I still think Tularemia is cute. :P Maybe if we get a pet rabbit.

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Re: Things that sound pretty but aren't
« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2011, 02:30:08 PM »
I still think Tularemia is cute. :P Maybe if we get a pet rabbit.

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