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What is the best word ever?

What is the best word ever?

Some would say that it comes down to the most commonly-used words like “like”, “dude”, or the ever popular “fck”.  Some people – like your English teachers – would hope that the Best Word Ever would be something a bit more egalitarian.

The Best Words Ever
The Best Words Ever

Finding out what the Best Word Ever is the challenge that TED McCAGG DECIDED TO HAVE THE DEFINITIVE ANSWER ON, and set about identifying a ton of different brackets to narrow down words to the base core and have them compete against each other for the title of BEST WORD EVER.

Now, Web Watch isn’t going to ruin Ted’s game here by revealing the FINAL WINNER, but we will share with you the list of finalists that Ted had to sort through to come up with what he determined to be the Best Word Ever:

  • Fck
  • Skedaddle
  • Nincompoop
  • Rapscallion
  • Lollygag
  • Wonk
  • Hornswoggle
  • Vamoose
  • Gherkin
  • Detritus
  • Canoodle
  • Mooch
  • Scalawag
  • Quagmire
  • Tchotchke
  • Umpteen
  • Dophthong
  • Mnemonic
  • Eke
  • Betwixt
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Zephyr
  • Sphincter
  • Juggernaut
  • Isthmus
  • Nougat
  • Kerfuffle
  • Kowtow
  • Phlegm
  • Yotel
  • Akimbo
  • Xenophobe

Now, we know that Ted’s game is over and the winner decided.  But are Web Watch readers happy with the finalists?  Are there words that you would have liked to see listed (“vajazzle“)?   Can you even use any of the above words in a sentence without sounding like a totally douche, or giggling?