Wednesday, April 04, 2007
What Words Do You Love?
Some of my favorite words are conundrum, bibliophile, aardvark, kumquat and rutabaga. I love conundrum for both its meaning and its sound. It's a fun word to say. Bibliophile is a favorite for many reasons, not the least of which is that I love books. That -phile suffix sometimes scares people, though. They're used to seeing it in bad words, like pedophile, which is a word I do not love. Aardvark, kumquat and rutabaga just have a certain humorous quality I enjoy. Onomatopoeia is a terrific word I discovered in high school English class. While talking over favorite words with a co-worker, said co-worker expressed an affinity for the word retribution, both for its meaning, and I think, its sound. He also likes omnipotent and omniscient, which can certainly be fun words.
What words do you love?
based on the unnatural number of times he manages to use it, i think my brother must like the word juxtaposed.
personally, i like fuck. it's the most versatile word in the english language. verb, noun, adjective, adverb; it can do it all.
Another co-worker insisted she loves the word crap, which in some cases (but certainly not all) can be used the same as fuck.
I remembered today that I also really like the word bumbershoot. I usually reserve it for really large and / or old ones, though, and just call the rest of them umbrellas.
Three squawking geese,
Four Limerick oysters,
Five corpulent porpoises,
Six pairs of Don Alverso's tweesers,
Seven thousand Macedonians in full battle array,
Eight brass monkeys of the ancient sacred crypts of Egypt,
Nine apathetic, sympathetic, diabetic old men on roller skates with a marked propensity toward procrastination and sloth,
And ten lyrical, spherical, diabolical denizens of the deep, who hold stall around the corner of the quay of the quivvy...
all at the same time!
There are bound to be some good words in that one...although, I couldn't find "quivvy" (or "quivy") in the dictionary. But, this thing is old, so the word may no longer be around. Or it may never have been around, and was made up by the person who said it on TV all those years ago when my dad and aunt memorized it...who knows. But, some good words in there, yes?
I know. My list is bountiful.