Saturday, July 24, 2010

"These are a few of my favourite words!"

"When the dog bites! When the bees sting! When I'm feeling sad. . . I simply remember my favourite words, and then I don't feel. . . so bad!!"

I'll stop singing now, shall I?

A few wonderfully expressive words that I just love:


And of course,


Which puts me in mind of two more lovely words,


And in case you're wondering, I don't know what inspired me to do this post. I just felt like doing it.

I shall probably add more words to the list as I think of them.

What are some of your favourite words?



Anonymous said...

Ouch! you have more favourite negative words than POSITIVE words...

How about splendiferous, stunning, magnificent, excellent, exquisite, glorious, delicate, exceptional, magnanimous and abundantly.


The Editrix said...

Haha. . . you're right, there probably is a bit of an imbalance there. I guess I should clarify - these are words that I love for their espressive-ness. There are many other beautiful, positive words that I love too. . . maybe I'll write another post sometime including them.

Milisande Awnia Grim said...


and those are just a few!

In Christ

Anonymous said...

Oh, I do love the word insufferable! :) (Possibly because I would quite like to be in a period drama, and have the chance to call people insufferable every so often! If I did so now, I think I would get at least one strange look ;) )
Also serendipity, like. It means 'an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident'. I don't know how I'd use it in conversation, but I think it rolls of the tongue nicely, and suits the meaning.
Also eclectic I like, for pretty much the same reasons.
And antidisestablishmentarianism, of course! Because I feel a bit more clever knowing the longest word in the English language, and I just enjoy saying it out loud.
There are many others, but I would be here forever if I listed them all!
But most words can be very effective if said at the right moment, with enough enthusiasm behind it, I think.


Enbrethiliel said...


I like eucatastrophe, which I think J.R.R. Tolkien coined himself, and of course, catharsis and anagnorisis. I love them because we have no terms for them in any other language and so just kept using the original Greek over and over again. (I have similar favourites in Filipino, but they would be harder to share!)

As you can see, Elise, I tend toward nouns rather than adjectives. ;-)

PS--And all this time, I thought the Sound of Music lyric was, "When the dog bites"! =P

The Editrix said...

Milisande, those are brilliant! I think I'll have to borrow a few of them to add to my list!

Abby, serendipity is one of my favourites, too!

Enbrithiliel, I love your contributions, too!

Goodness me, you're RIGHT! Dog, not DARK! How embarrassing. . . *rushes off to edit post*

Siminy said...

Two words I loved as a child were, despicable and droll. Not sure exactly why that was so.

Alexandra said...

Monstrous. Scandelous. Extraordinary. And of course, insufferable. ;-)

Enbrethiliel said...


I just thought of one adjective: Parsimonious!

But I love the sound more than the meaning. To this day, I have trouble remembering it. I think it means "stingy"--and I'm too lazy to look it up.

Anyway, I remembered this post today when I came across a writer's blog which asked readers what they thought of adverbs and adjectives. (It was in reference to the "traditional" advice to use as few adverbs and adjectives as possible.) The blogger was very fond of these modifiers and loved using them; I was a little surprised when I gave the matter more thought, looked over my writing, and saw that I use them pretty sparsely. (Ha! Yes, there are two adverbs in that last sentence, but still! =P)

Cathy said...

I love the song," My Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music. I enjoyed reading your words, and like you I love to say certain words and take great delight in particular ones, but mine are not adjectives.
* embellish

Rosie said...

Hello Elise,
I just found your lovely blog, and I look forward to reading through it.

You watch all my favorite films!

So, you are one of 8, how wonderful.. well, I'm one of 10! Don't you love being part of a big family? I sure do.....