Thursday, November 1, 2012

My 50 favorite words

Because it'll take me a while to figure out my 50 books, here are 50 favorite words, as they came to me:
  1. Profound
  2. Inscrutable
  3. Insofar
  4. Nevertheless
  5. Chandelier 
  6. Cantilever 
  7. Concertina
  8. Chiffonade
  9. Heuristic
  10. Pristine
  11. Uncanny
  12. Unheimlich 
  13. Nemesis 
  14. Mnemonic 
  15. Mumblecore 
  16. Thundersnow 
  17. Miserable
  18. Syncope
  19. Busker 
  20. Tether 
  21. Tessellate 
  22. Quean 
  23. Pompadour
  24. Ottoman
  25. Pretty
  26. Gritty
  27. Glittery
  28. Jammy
  29. Glossy
  30. Cherry
  31. Poppy
  32. Spritz 
  33. Fuzz
  34. Happenstance
  35. Boulevard
  36. Silhouette 
  37. Rook 
  38. Foxy 
  39. Fix
  40. Decoy
  41. Koi 
  42. Joy
  43. Lexicon
  44. Horizon 
  45. Meniscus 
  46. Shimmering   
  47. Capacious
  48. Delirious 
  49. Oblique
  50. Mystique 
This is a delight. I could easily name 50 more.

30 comments:

  1. 1. Effloresce. 2. Deliquesce. 3. Excrescence. 4. Protuberance. 5. Stray. 6. Divulge. 7. Divagation. 8. Regurgitate. 9. Smutch. 10. Obmutesce. 11. Garbled. 12. Nuthatch. 13. Austere. 14. Impassive. 15. Acquiesce. 16. Deter. 17. Murre. 18. Pram. 19. Glunch. 20. Myrtle. 21. Fulgent. 22. Recalcitrant. 23. Reluctant. 24. Remote. 25. Splutter. 26. Verdure. 27. Verdigris. 28. Ambergris. 29. Lucid. 30. Mucid. 31. Glabrous. 32. Stark. 33. Encrust. 34. Vestige. 35. Crepuscular. 36. Nightjar. 37. Frigate. 38. Vestibule. 39. Prolepsis. 40. Polyptoton. 41. Hydrangea. 42. Eglantine. 43. Diminishment. 44. Wretch. 45. Totter. 46. Hirple. 47. Funambulist. 48. Martinet. 49. Blackjack. 50. Bladder. (Yes, could go on and on...)

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    1. (Of your list -- which I didn't look at until making mine -- the words I should've included are tessellate, quean, and tether.)

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    2. Ooh, Impassive and Verdigris are contenders. I also like Diminish. It surprises me that we don't have a single overlapping word.

      Also I forgot Implausible, which should have appeared near Miserable.

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    3. Another word I'm sentimentally attached to is "ashtray" -- partly because it sounds like "astray" when drunk, partly because it was once v. useful in a game of boggle.

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    4. I'm definitely always going to pronounce "astray" with an sh now. "Don't lead me ashtray!"

      I like words that are strung together, as evidenced by insofar and nevertheless.

      And HOW could I forget Gedankenexperiment?!

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    5. Yes, Gedankenexperiment nestles up against badonkadonk in my attic of hon. mentions and other regrets.

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    6. I tried to combine those two words into a tweet once. Not my best effort.

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  2. I love this list, and I love the connections between the words, as it is sometimes clear how one word leads to another in one's mind (writing poetry itself is a similar process). Relations of sight and sound and meaning, all tied up together.

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    1. Yes! The best words sound good but also mean good.

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    2. I've always regarded your poems as shimmering and capacious, which is surprising given that you're a busker and a quean.

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  3. Och, I love all things wordy! Here is my latest fave: ranunculus. I also like germaine.

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    1. Oh, I like germaine too. Reminds me of lettuce.

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  4. Language is so much dang fun. Loved all your words, especially "Pompadour", which is probably what I would name my bespoke perfume. One of my favorite words is "shenanigans".

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    1. That would be an awesome name for a perfume! Especially if there was a little Elvis wig on the cap :)

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  5. A few of my favorite words:

    Dexterous
    Ambidexterous
    Symbiotic
    Nebulous
    Ubiquitous
    Feline
    Cerebral
    Genteel
    Ancillary
    Ostentatious
    Superfluous
    Omnipotent
    Penultimate
    Grandiose
    Verbiage
    Pontificate
    Philanthropy
    Pedestrian
    Insolent
    Emeshed
    Psychotic
    Aghast
    Havoc
    Rapport
    Vagabond

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    1. Hello Josephine! You've reminded me of one of my favorite polysyllabic wonders: supersaturated (which I learned in high-school chemistry).

      You know it might be interesting to do a list of my least favorite words?

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  6. Here are the 50 best words. It may seem like I stole one from you, but rest assured, I have always loved "cantilever".

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  7. Probably the best word is "incandescent." The word that best expresses disgust is "quisling."

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    1. I tend to like words with "cand" or "chand" in them in general.

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  8. Arpeggio
    Arabesque
    Hootenanny
    Periwinkle
    Threnody
    Encrusted
    Engrave
    Carve
    Cattywampus
    Rarified

    Scorch
    Pierce
    Quiver
    Shimmer
    Ramshackle
    Ripple
    Slice
    Slip
    Breath
    Amber

    Bright
    Burgundy
    Tendril
    Scrape
    Flare
    Flicker
    Brittle
    Shoulder
    Trill
    Oracle

    Linger
    Gray
    Shiver
    Seep
    Sigh
    Gazelle
    Lilac
    Iridescent
    Sibilant

    Iguana
    Axolotl
    Jaguarundi
    Anaconda
    Marmoset
    Aurochs
    Hortatory
    Encarnadine
    Fuchsia
    Glockenspiel

    In no particular order. I group them in groups of ten just ti make it easier to keep count.

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    1. I almost put "Trill" on my list too.

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  9. And apparently I lost count anyway: the fourth group only has nine words. So, to fill out the fifty:

    Irascible

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  10. Oh fun, fun, fun! I am rather partial to kibble, tangerine and wedge, but haven't considered what my full list would be. I'd doubtless raid some of yours...

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    1. I like "tangerine" too -- the word much more than the fruit!

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  11. I'm just going to start treating this post (and the great added-value commments beneath) as a lucky-dip for shiny new words to sparkle up my patter.

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    1. Thank you, Katie -- luckily a few of them apply to perfume! (Though I'm sure you talk about other things too! I *occasionally* do)

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  12. I could list a gazillion, but here are five of my favorites...

    Buckle, Undulate, Persnickety, Obfuscate, Zetetic

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    1. I had never heard zitetic, thanks for teaching me a word!

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