In a Word, What’s Your Favorite?
“What’s your favorite word?”, that is.
I have so many favorites that it’s hard to choose. There are a lot of words that I use repeatedly that are far from my favorites, but rather are crutches, or filler, or inadequate substitutes, but that readily come to mind as I’m talking or typing.
Then there are the words I truly adore.
There are the serenely beautiful words like “willow”, and “babbling brook”. And if you’re fortunate enough to run across a willow beside a babbling brook, your day is bound to be drop-dead gorgeous.
Then there’s “serendipity” because it sounds just as untamed and upbeat as its meaning.
Or “troglodyte”, “kerfuffle”, “discombobulate” and “cryptic” . . . just because.
There are the silly words like “pickle” and “popinjay” and “purple.” “Red” and “yellow” are not funny, but “purple” is a laugh-riot. Afterall, it wasn’t a “one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ red people eater” that was on all of our tongues back in the 70’s. Do you hear how that just falls flat? Likewise, in the fruit world, “bananas” and “kumquats” are comical, while “grapes” and “apples” are strictly business.
There are even the made up words like “figgokies”, which my grandmother used to describe a laughing jag, or “schnibble”, which my mom calls the tasty bits that remain on a serving platter.
Jame’s new favorite word is “hubris.” I’m not 100% convinced that he’s certain of its meaning, but he’s sure getting a lot of mileage out of it, nonetheless e.g., “You certainly ordered that Egg McMuffin with a lot of hubris.” Huh?
At some point, “hubris” replaced “bifurcate”, which replaced “benevolent”, all of which he somehow used to describe the fast food ordering process.
Anyway, the more we read and talk to new folks and even listen to new programs and movies and videos, the more we’re exposed to new, wonderful words: some of which just might become the latest and greatest “serendipity” of our futures.
Do you have a favorite word or two or ten?