Words beginning with "M"

 

Madescent.

Madescent, adj., becoming wet. It reminds me of dewy leaves in the morning dawn, and moist, emotion-filled eyes, and fits into poetic speak wonderfully.

Katherine

 

Malapropism.

Because it is a word that is used in the usage of words.

Incorrectly at times.

Mr. Di

 
 
Masticate.

It means to chew.

Say it out loud a few times and you'll figure out why it's fun (in that 2nd grade kinda way) to tell people when they call you during dinner: "Excuse me, you've interrupted my mastication."

Becky

 

 

Mellifluous.

The Tao Te Ching scolds that when we use words, we are failing. They are not the experience they aim to describe, but are connected to it by tortured tendons of sound, sense, history, context and fashion. They are amateur daguerreotypes - somewhat out of focus, deceptive to the point of counterfeit.

This word is an exception. It embodies the experience it describes. Understanding its etymology adds the sweetness of honey and the eye-pleasing caste of amber to its beautiful sounds. It flows without rushing

It is a song complete in itself, with the same powers to calm and nourish normally attributed to melody (its word-cousin.) It is one of the words music aspires to earn in its descriptions. Lute. Flute. Pianoforte. Mellifluous.

David Keith Johnson

 

 

Mellifluous.

When spoken softly and slowly the sound of it is so smooth and seductive -- it just rolls off your tongue. Although not onomatopoeic (another great word), the pronunciation of it conveys the exact meaning of the word -- pleasant and flowing.

Andy Milner

 

 

Mellifluous.

Mellifluous - like honey, the word flows - according to the 'fluus' (Latin for 'flowing') has some liquid quality, but at the same time, it's not as syrupy or thick as, say, treacle or molasses. A smooth, not quite sibilant sound to suit its meaning.

W. Chung

 

Mellifluous.

When I first encountered it I didn't know what it meant: it was in a letter from a girlfriend in my high-school days, it was misspelled, but not so much as I couldn't look it up. She was referring to my voice.

(Crowd goes 'Awwwwwwww')

Since that time I've loved this word because it is so rarely used and because it flows so nicely when spoken.

Marty, New Jersey

 

 

Mesmerize.

My favorite word is mesmerize.  I love it because it is almost onomatopoetic, the sound itself hypnotizing, drawing the hearer in.  Say it slowly: mez-mer-ize.  Roll it across your tongue.  Ahhh!  Isn't that lovely?  Like velvet in your mouth.

Sylvan Bonin

 

 

Miasma.

It's both grotesque and beautiful and conveys so well what it is.

Lisa

 

 

Mindbogglingly.

This has to be the greatest adverb ever constructed. Not only does it convey a sense of an object or concept so huge that one can barely keep one's mind steady while considering it, but all those g's and l's make it so fun to say!

David Coward

 

 

Mogadored.

This became my favourite after reading it in a Terry Pratchett novel (Maskerade). The meaning, of being puzzled or really perplexed, was clear from its use, but I looked it up anyway, just to make sure.

I love the way it sounds. It's perfect for expressing how you feel and one gets a great feeling of satisfaction from saying it aloud.

Sandi

 

 

Mondegreen.

My favorite word is mondegreen. It not only has an interesting sound to it, but the story about its coining is a classic, and the story vividly describes the phenomenon which the word names. The archives of the Word Detective contain the story of how writer Silvia Wright misheard a Scottish ballad "The Bonny Earl of Murray" as "...they have slay the Earl of Murray and Lady Mondegreen" when the ballad actually says "and laid him on the green". How could a word be better than mondegreen? It not only puts a name to a mistake we have all made when misinterpreting song lyrics, etc. The word also introduces us to a Scottish Ballad which I never would have encountered otherwise. It also makes me want to research who this Earl of Murray fellow was, and why his first name was "Bonny". The word also invents a tragic, fictitious heroine whom I shall never forget. Not bad for one word coined so recently. Try to not think of mondegreen the next time you mishear a phrase.

Martin F. Celusnak

 

 
Money.

Why money? Well, I think there is no need to comment, is it? Well, I'm talking about "a lot of money," not a little, right? A little money is a problem; too much money is another thing.

Mozart Fialho

 

 

Monosyllabically.

Monosyllabic was my favorite word until I realized this adverbial form doesn't just add the requisite "ly," but four extra letters and two more syllables. I like how ridiculously inappropriate it is for the concept it is meant to portray.

John E. Reed

 

 

Mook.

Mook is my favorite word because it is my last name and there are thousands of different meanings to the word mook or maybe even millions of different meanings.

Matt Mook

 

 

Mop.

For some reason, this word is short, sweet, has texture, and a satisfying finish. Whether you're speaking of wet or dry is not important. It's amusing, and enjoyable to speak the short and interesting syllable.

I have loved this word even before I heard the Nursery Rhyme, most recently in book form done by Maurice Sendak. "Higgledy Piggledy Pop. the Dog has eaten the Mop. The Cat's in a flurry, the pig's in a hurry. Higgledy Piggledy Pop."

S. Monroe

 

 

Motorcycle.

There is nothing more exhilarating to me than riding on a motorcycle. The "free spirit" feeling is overwhelming. One is able to notice the little things along the way that one misses when riding in a closed vehicle. The word motorcycle conjures up some of my happiest feelings and memories.

Andrea Crosby

 

 

Moxie.

Phonetically it's nearly onomatopoetic. You can't not smile at the end of saying the word. Got moxie? Chutzpah? Cojones? And you know it!

Sharondippity

 

 

Mumpsimus.

My favourite English word is "mumpsimus." A rustic and uneducated priest had got into the habit of saying "quod in ore mumpsimus" during Mass, instead of the correct "sumpsimus." The bishop tried to admonish him, but the priest wouldn't have anything to do with any new-fangled ideas; he stuck to his old "mumpsimus." In a world of nanotechnology, cyberspace and scientific dieting - resist "sumpsimus," embrace "mumpsimus." It tastes like steak-and-kidney pie and is just as bad for you.

Trond Bjerkholt

 

 

Muster.

My favorite word is muster and has been since I saw Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. There is a line where King Theoden says "Muster the Rohirrim" and I split my sides laughing when I first heard it. I am an avid Lord of the Rings fan, so it's a fitting favorite word for me.

I also love the versatility of the word. It can make one think of both herding sheep to the same place or gathering the elite to a dinner party. I've used it for many different things and most result in laughter, which I think is one of the best qualities of a word.

Emily Knight

 

 

Mystery.

History is his version of what happened.
Her story differs and not always in the books.
My story is truer but is a mystery for I never told.
To understand the world, know thyself for therein
is the key to the mysteries.

Asri Sulaiman

 

 

 

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