"What's "gorn", dear?"
"Nothing, nothing. Just like the word, it gives me confidence. GORN! GORN!!!"Similar to Always Wanted to Say That and often related to Inherently Funny Words, this is when someone admits the only reason they said, or keep saying, a certain word or phrase is that it's fun to say. This is often followed by them saying it again, sometimes several times in a row.
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Anime and Manga
- A variation occurs in Secret Six, where Rag Doll discovers that everything he says sounds creepy, and delights in saying random, innocuous things just to prove it to himself over and over.
- Deadpool has done this a few times, for words like "duct tape" and "chimichangas". The latter is even the name for one of his special moves in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 — for no other reason than the fact he likes saying it, apparently.
- In Kill Bill vol. 2, Elle Driver says she has this affinity for the word "gargantuan", though she only uses it once in the film.
- Mad Monster Party. Baron von Frankenstein loves saying "antipasto".
- In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Ricky can't stop describing "little baby Jesus" in increasingly Squicky terms whenever he prays, even when his own family protests. His response is to insist that he just prefers to think of Jesus that way.
- In íThree Amigos!, El Guapo has a particular fondness for the word "plethora".
- Batman: The Joker/Jack Napier always utters "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" when he kills someone. He later comments to a confused Bruce Wayne that he just likes the sound of it, which is how Bruce finds out who murdered his parents.
- One of the dwarves/dwarfs in The Soddit becomes obsessed with the word "moot". Initially he just repeats it to himself ("moot, moot, moot!") then later he insists on inserting himself in any conversation where something is undecided, just so he can say "that's moot."
- In Animorphs, when Ax is in human form he can't resist repeating and playing around with words and syllables, simply because they are fun to say. This is because Andalites don't have a mouth.
- One of the footnotes to the published script of The Compleat Wks of Willm Shkspr (Abridged) states that "this editor really likes writing the word 'Zimbabwe.' Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe."
Live Action TV
- The subject of an entire skit in Monty Python's Flying Circus, in which an Upper-Class Twit judges the value of words on whether they sound like they're made of wood or tin.
- In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Hilda gets hooked on saying "bungalow." Later in the same episode, after the phrase "brackish water" comes up, she says this is her new favorite phrase.
- On The Big Bang Theory, when Leonard and Penny are drunk:
Leonard: Why would you buy Peppermint Schnapps?
Penny: Because I like peppermint, and it's fun to say sch-napps
- Miranda does this Once an Episode, declaring that a word she's just used is a nice word, and repeats it a few times. Sometimes done again later in the episode, with a different word, before launching back to the first word.
- It's a funny word, isn't it? Word. The word word... is a funny word... WORD. CLUTCH!
- On Seinfeld, Jerry hypothesizes that the reason salsa is the most popular condiment is because everybody likes saying "salsa".
- One clip on World's Dumbest... features a politician named Toplicker. Brad Loekle pretends to be a reporter repeatedly saying "Mr. Toplicker! Mr. Toplicker!" just because he likes saying it.
- On Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Drew Carey once said how much he liked saying the word pianist, since the network can't censor it.
- Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes just likes saying "smock".
- Another strip where he mentions that he likes saying "quark" is a semi-example, as Calvin was talking about other, decidedly less creative terms scientists have come up with.
- Ratbert with "scruples" in one comic strip.
- Frazz has admitted this is the main reason he eats kumquats.
- The routine "Bulbous Bouffant" by The Vestibules, as aired on the Dr. Demento Show, is built entirely out of this. A video-fied version can be found here.
- In the John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme spy thriller about a zoo, Control explains that the zoo is officially not in contact with the circus:
Control: But there are, shall we say, backchannels?
Finnemore: Yes, that is fun to say.
Control: It is fun, isn't it?
Stand Up Comedy
- In one of his routines, George Carlin once noted that the phrase "Amoebic Dysentery" is an amazingly fun phrase to say if you ignore its rather unfortunate definition... and then spent ten minutes using it in sentences over and over.
- In Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, Crow admits liking the word "spooky" because it "makes his beak vibrate".
- Final Fantasy:
- In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Exdeath loves saying the word 'Void', he likes it so much that most of his battle intros feature him saying it. Hilariously, when others battle Exdeath, they too refer to the void in their battle intros.
- In the same game there's Ultimecia, who says the word 'Time' in most of her intros. Like Exdeath, many characters will also say the word 'Time' it in their intros when facing her.
- One episode of Teen Girl Squad has Cheerleader say "Oh boy, girls... boys!" Just because she likes saying the word "boys".
- In The Angry Video Game Nerd's first Bible Games episode, he says "I can't stop saying 'Baby Moses'. Baby Moses baby Moses baby Moses."
- King Enma from Dragon Ball Abridged likes the word "mahogany".
- In one episode of Ask That Guy with the Glasses, That Guy likes the phrase "hamster jelly".
- With onions.
- In Pinky and the Brain, Pinky occasionally adds real words to his store of nonsense Verbal Tics because they're fun to say. Fjord! Hark!
- In Futurama, Bender has been known to fixate on words e.g. "daffodil", "pimpmobile". His favorite word is revealed to be "ass".
- The Animaniacs at one point sing a song about Lake Titicaca, which ends as follows:
Lake Titicaca, oh Lake Titicaca, why do we sing of its fame?
Lake Titicaca, oh Lake Titicaca, 'cause we really like saying its name!
- For the WB trifecta, Freakazoid!! has noted that "hugbees" is fun to say. Try it!
"Studio Audience": HUGBEES!
- In the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode "The Last Roundup", Pinkie Pie brings up her own love of funny-sounding words, particularly "kumquat" and "pickle barrel".
- In The Mr. Men Show episode "Trains," Miss Chatterbox likes saying the word "backgammon."
Miss Chatterbox: I can play Parcheesi forever. It's my favorite game right after backgammon. I've never played backgammon, but I just love saying the word. Backgammon. Backgammon. Backgammon!
- Duckman loves saying (and singing) the word "prick."
- Tourette syndrome often inflicts this on people, as the reaction to satisfying a tic is similar to scratching an itch.
- Similarly, this trope is a common reason for vocal/auditory stimming in autistic people.
- This trope was so common on the Usenet newsgroup alt.folklore.urban that it merited its own acronym: IHNTA,IJLS ("I have nothing to add, I just like saying ... ")
- "Weird words being fun to say" is one of the main reasons why Gratuitous Foreign Language is so common.