Yesterday, Kathy over at Lake Superior Spirit celebrated the word “fallow” among other things. (Congratulations Kathy, on the wise words of a blind man and your popularity at the magazine).
Isn’t fallow a lovely world?
Today, as I seem to be intent on accomplishing nothing, and busy getting in my own way I began to think about words, and how wonderful words really are. I’ve written about words in past posts in this blog, and of course I use lots of words in order to write, but today I feel like celebrating words that scintillate or titillate the tongue. Words that you feel good saying, or words that inspire images and emotions. Of course, as soon as I decided to do this, words slipped from my mind leaving me unable to express a single idea.
So I turned to friends on Facebook and asked them what their favorite words were. Several responses are not suitable for this post (but hilarious anyway). Others reminded me of the wonder of language of all types.
Here are some of people’s favorites, with definitions from Wordnik.com (The definitions themselves provide some lovely words. I bold all the words that make me happy):
- n. A small scrap or leaving of food after a meal is completed. Often used in the plural.
- n. A scrap; a bit.
- Popinjay: A vain, talkative person. (Also a parrot)
- Bosh: nonsense
- tosh: foolish nonsense; twaddle, balderdash
- Curmudgeon: An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions. [I need to use this more often]
- Crepuscular: [This one seems very popular, it's fun to say so several people selected it]
- adj. Of or like twilight; dim: “the period’s crepuscular charm and a waning of the intense francophilia that used to shape the art market” ( Wall Street Journal).
- adj. Zoology Becoming active at twilight or before sunrise, as do bats and certain insects and bird
- Bastante: (Spanish): enough, plenty, quite
- Plethora: [This happens to be one of my favorites as well]
- . A superabundance; an excess.
- n. An excess of blood in the circulatory system or in one organ or area.
- Yesterday, Sarah had an assignment to find synonyms and antonyms for the word vivacious and one of the words she came up with was bubbly which makes me feel bubbly all over.
What are some of your favorite words, in any language?