Ick words a.k.a. Million Dollar babies

Week 9 of the MFRW blog challenge and the subject is: Words that make me go Ick.

Instantly, my mind farted out Ichthyologist.

Dumb, right? But then it got me thinking about other words that are more than a mouthful. Words like anthropomorphism, inchoate,  abstruse, and temerarious.

These are what are known as Million Dollar words, or words you may not hear everyday.

No kidding.

No way in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks am I going to say them, and when I read words like these I skim right over them. In a sense then, they are Ick words because I’m not likely to touch them.

I’ll be curious what others in this blog hop came up with for their Ick words. Follow the thread here:

About the Author:

S.C. Dane is a paranormal romance author from the coast of Maine who is currently ranching in the mountains of Wyoming.


  1. Caroline Warfield March 3, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I like complicated words, especially ones that roll off the tongue like onomatopoeia for example. They are fun to learn and fun to say, but the would wreak holy hell in the pacing of a novel.

  2. Helen Henderson March 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Love the post title and the “ick” word. Ichthyologist. Hadn’t thought of million-dollar words as an “ick” word. But you’re right that if the word is too unusual or too complicated the reader just skims over it. Unless its science fiction then the author has to make sure its not too far out there. Your post made me think of other things a reader will skip over– tongue twister names.

  3. Alina K. Field March 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    It’s always bad to throw a reader out of the story!

  4. S.C. Dane March 3, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Tongue Twisters! I hadn’t even thought about those, but I bet Caroline W. would have fun with them 🙂 Funny how there is a fine line between a tongue twister and alliteration. We authors strive for the latter and eschew the former. Is “eschew” a million dollar word?

  5. Ed Hoornaert March 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Uh ho. I just used the big word ‘anachronistic’ in my comment about another person’s blog. Does that mean I’m in your doghouse? My MFRW.

  6. Shari Elder March 3, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    I like the focus of your post. Its so true that are so many words that are so cumbersome to use.

  7. S.C. Dane March 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Ed, you’re not in the dog house. If anything, you’ve won a million dollars;)

  8. S.C. Dane March 3, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I’ve enjoyed reading all the different takes on the Ick Word topic this week. I had wondered what spin bloggers would take, and it’s been fun reading!

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