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222018.  Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:42 pm Reply with quote

Well, how about "Frak"? Not only a 1980s videogame devised by Nick "Orlando" Pelling, but also a rude word in Battlestar Galactica.

And the connection with the previous post is that the main character in the game "Frak!" is called Trogg.

222073.  Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:22 pm Reply with quote

I seriously cannot believe that no one has mentioned Floccinaucinihilipilification thus far, even though it surely has made its rounds of the forums. It's define as the estimation of something as valueless, and should also be a nomination for word with the most i's in it, or at least it ought to be up there.

223928.  Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:30 am Reply with quote

How about an episode all about Stephen Fry himself.

225758.  Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:53 pm Reply with quote

CaptTimmy wrote:

Wikipedia tells me that this word was mentioned once on QI, but I haven't seen that episode.

While on the subject of 'f' words, I'd like to mention 'flummox', perhaps the best word not only beginning with 'f', but in the whole of the English language. Of course, there are words which sound just as exciting, such as 'gimcrack', 'lackadaisical', 'ingle-nook' or 'wainscoting'. Those five words happen to be my all-time favourites. For now.

Barry McStay
611492.  Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:01 pm Reply with quote

Floccinaucinihilipilification appears in 2x05 when Stephen asks the teams for a word invented by Edison. Jo Brand suggests it and gives its meaning, which Stephen congratulates her for knowing!

Figary is a word meaning a frolic, whim, vagary or notion - as in "I had a figary / I took a figary". I had thought it was a word only in use in Ireland, and sparingly too, suggesting it was an Irish-derived word, but I can't think of a Gaelic etymology for it. suggests it is a corrupted form of VAGARY, which might fit in with the timbre of an Irish accent pronouncing the word. also denotes it as Obsolete, though I do hear my older relatives still use it. It's a rare Irish surname too (sometimes spelt Figarey). I wondered if it was related to figaro (which is used to denote a barber) but it is suggested below that name derives from the Spanish for fig-tree.


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