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What Is the Funniest Word in the English Language?

Week of February 20, 2002

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Daniel Doss
Clerk, Hollywood Video
"'Poop.' It sounds funny, and it means something funny. It's childish and immature and makes everyone laugh, kind of an involuntary response. And it doesn't necessarily have to mean feces."

Teri Tierney
Co-Host, Sirens, 97.1 The Link
"Whoever thought of 'toejam,' putting those two words together? That is hilarious! And 'booty' is a funny word. I mean, why do we give these stupid nicknames to body parts? The word 'titty'? I don't understand that. It sounds funny to say, but nobody's allowed to say it. No kid can go around saying, 'Titty! Titty!' But I think it's a very funny word to kids."

Jim Sherman
Fiduciary for Hire
"'Supercilious,' because it doesn't mean anything like it sounds. You'd think it means 'very very silly,' but it doesn't mean that at all. It comes from Latin: Cilium means 'eyebrow.' Add 'super,' it becomes 'above the eyebrow.' But in English it's come to mean 'haughtily disdainful of something.'"

Teri Canoy
Troubleshooter
"'Barf.' It's just one of those funny words. And you can add to it. You've got 'barfbag,' 'barfmat,' 'barf-a-rama.' To even say it makes you nauseous. Kind of like 'booger' -- 'booger' makes me ill."

Brad Moreau
Instructor, Academy of Electric-Toaster Repair
"Two come to mind: 'Cockamamie' and 'nincompoop.' All I know is, being the social seaweed that I am, I've been both. I'm a loser from the social side of nowhere, so it works!"

Katie Hopen
Server, The Coffeehouse
"I've always thought that 'flaccid' is kind of a perverted word. It's, like, no matter how you say it -- if you say 'limp' or 'shriveled' -- everybody knows what you're thinking about, which is actually the opposite of all those things.

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