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13 April 2016 @ 12:01 pm
these are a few of my favourite…words…!  

I had the opportunity to use my favourite word this morning, and then I thought: favourite words are a thing, right? they’re totally a thing! people have favourite words! RIGHT?!

A brief enquiry on Twitter incidated that yes, other people also have favourite words. “Defenestration” is remarkably popular. I had an “acquiesce” (“Love that triphthong.”) and a “semester” (Swedish for ‘vacation’) and an ‘obstensibly’, which I can also really get behind, because what a great word to say. It’s delicious!

My own favourite word is antepenultimate, which I love not only because I think it’s fun to say but because I’m simply delighted that there’s a word that means “third to last.” I just think that’s lovely.

Do you have a favourite word? If so, what is it, and why do you love it?

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Davehowlin_wolf_66 on April 13th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Lackadaisical - a word that essentially means lazy, that takes longer to say than lazy!
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on April 13th, 2016 11:19 am (UTC)
I'm rather fond of defenestration myself (the word, not the act) but my favorite is foible. Say it five times fast...it tickles your mouth :-)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on April 13th, 2016 11:33 am (UTC)
Perpendicular. it's just fun to say.

(my sister says "bedtime.")
call me trystryslora on April 13th, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
I have two. Plaudits, because it's one of those words no one uses, but I bet most folks can figure out what it means. Also ubiquitous because it rolls off the tongue and because I was a child of the 80s when unicorns were popular and I had a stuffed unicorn named Ubi (for ubiquitous) because in the 80s, unicorns WERE pretty much ubiquitous (along with rainbows, it was a super shiny era in that respect).
Sherwood Smithsartorias on April 13th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
For a long time it was redolent, until someone told me I'd overused it (three times in a massive series, but he said it sticks out) which sucked the joy out of it.

There are a lot of words I love to flirt with--rebarbative, equipoise,numinous, polysemous--but I think I'll fall back on the delight of the funny, because all my life I've delighted in "squeegee."
Dayle DermatisDayle Dermatis on April 13th, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC)
CREDENZA!! (which must be said with flourish and a wide gesture).

Also crudite.

There used to be an artist on Etsy who made neclaces out of old dictionary definittions. Once year I asked all what their favorite word was (not telling them why) and then got them necklaces for Yule. 🙂
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on April 14th, 2016 04:38 am (UTC)
"Favourite"? *quirky eyebrow and half grin, wink*

For beauty? Suicide. I love the way it glides off the tongue.
For funny and just plain enjoyment? Rutabaga, generally said with joyous abandon, even crowed.
desperance: lukedesperance on April 14th, 2016 05:44 am (UTC)
I learned "arachibutyrophobia" from Modesty Blaise - or possibly from Willie Garvin - to whom it means the morbid fear of having peanut butter stick to the roof of your mouth. This may be a stretch, but it's a lovely one.

Otherwise, I take pleasure in so many words, I'm not sure I could pick out a favourite. I was just sitting here thinking about "measure" - I love the way it harbours more than one pronunciation, from my own "mezha" to the sophisticated "mezure" - and I could've done that with two dozen score of words, whatever happened into my head instead. "Ramshackle" is a fine word, eg. As is its German equivalent, "baufällig"...
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on April 14th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
Karenklwilliams on April 14th, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
"Arugula", because of how it sounds (and how it tastes). I own "Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words" and occasionally peruse it to find new favorites.