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December Blogging Meme Topic #18:
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What are your favorite words, and why?
@sarapolsky

arc, astonishing, audacity, colophon, constellation, depiction, diptych, dreamless, electrum, epilogue, fragility, fossil, ghost, heliotrope, hyacinth, insterstice, iris, ivy, lapidary, liminal, limitless, London, numinous, parallax, quire, rarity, recollection, Rigel, sassafras, stairwell, stone, tendril, travelogue, triptych, vellum, vortex

This is not a complete list. Many of these words are plants of which I'm fond; words and plants are intimately tangled in my memory because early language acquisition went hand in hand with learning and memorizing the names of various flora. Many of these words are to do with time or states of being (or both). A few are related to astronomy, codicology, and paleontology; others, I love based on quality of sound and/or orthography.

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Supine, languish, subtle, sophisticated, martini, meretricious, risible, conundrum, buoyant, solipsist, trireme as well, coincidentally?,tiramisu, elegant, torrid, transmontane, bluster -- well, that should do for the moment, but it's hardly a dent in all those words we love! :)

Love, c.

Those are all fantastic. Tiramisu is as delicious as what it signifies.

Then there all the words one loves from other languages. Spanish has so many of those. :)

Love, c.

Don't get me started on French :)

Strumpet, for many years. Trumpet's not bad, but the S at the start really makes the word a thing of beauty.

Appropriately brazen-sounding, strumpet. A cheeky word.

Pyroclastic, susurrant, weltschmerz, cetacean, divisive, pianissimo, wittering, fractured, recollection, subduction.

I've always loved triptych and liminal too.


Your "susurrant" brings instantly to mind,
"the snow "snittering full snart" -- thanks to the Sir Gawain and the Green Knight poet(s)!

Love, c.


Given that's one of my favorite poems of all time from one of my favorite writers of all time, I approve of SGGK turning up in this comment thread <3

The -tych words, as it were, in reference to medieval objects. So wonderful to say.

In high school I had to write a poem using the favourite words of a dozen or more people (can't remember the exact number). It was fascinating the range of favoured words and the reasons: one was "spelling" because she loved making all the loops when she wrote it out (this is dating me and her :-) I also learned new words, like "ubiquitous", which is an excellent word, especially for BBC!Sherlock fic involving Mycroft ;-)

I remember being happy with the poem I wrote, tho I don't know where it's gone off to - I wonder if I could find it, and if I'd still like it? I prolly was just happy to be able to do it at all :-)

I could now invite you to try your hand at writing a poem using all of your words above, but I bet you already have :D

I definitely have never tried to write a poem using all of those exact words above; it would certainly be worth it for sheer amusement's sake. With regard to old work, I'm a proponent of looking up one's old work and examining it. It's almost always a worthwhile experience, that act of rediscovering who you were at that point in time!

Aaah, such beautiful words in your list. Codicology does have some rather lovely terminology. :)

Some words I love: wistful, spellbound, alchemy, gargantuan, shimmer, glint.

Oh, shimmer is definitely on my long-list. Wistful is also superb!

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