July 18, 2005

"My Favorite Word."

This is a charming, engaging website where people contribute their favorite words. It's nice to read the choices people have made and to think about what it is that makes a word your favorite -- some combination of meaning or sound or some personal connection to the word (like, the way your husband laughed when you called the garden hose a "hosepipe"). And here's the Metafilter discussion, with lots of comments, including one that links to what might be the greatest Dave Letterman list: Top Ten Words That Sound Great When Spoken By James Earl Jones. Oh, I guess I should pick a favorite word. I'll go with "squeeze."

13 comments:

Paul said...

Mine was prevarication. It seemed a less inflamed word to use in reports.

Hecla Ma said...

Uppity.

Troy said...

"Texas"

Gerry said...

Is

Elizabeth said...

When my father died, we found a little notebook in his office desk, containing lists of words that tickled him. It's one of my best memories.

Bringer of Truth said...

All praise OMNIGOD for bringing us such truths as these.

ziemer said...

mendacity

this is not my favorite word in the world.

However, it it is impossible to seee "cat on a hot tin roof," and hear big daddy declare, "mendacity, you have to live with mendacity, there's nothing to live with BUT mendacity," in response to brick's statement that he drinks because of mendacity, and not consider "mendacity" to be a really cool word.

Dirty Harry said...

"No." Honest, direct, and you know where you stand.

Matt Brown said...

What about a word that you don't necessarily like to say out loud, but you like to see it in print? I like "pizzazz"

Simon Kenton said...

"There is a certain class of clergyman whose medicity is only equalled by their mendacity."

-- Frederick Temple (Archbishop)

Ron said...

Syzygy


C'mon -- how often do you see it?

Slac said...

Visigoth. Man oh manischweitz.

PatCA said...

Arguendo


Would like to hear JEJ say it, too.

(Elizabeth, what a wonderful anecdote!)