Monday, September 7, 2009

I ♥ Words


I believe we're all sensitive to certain things. Mathematicians think up equations, artists notice color, parents recognize potential danger anywhere near their children. I'm an English teacher and I notice words. Not only do I notice words, I revel in them. I find words to be splendid beings unto themselves--little existences of meaning and purpose. The truth is, I have words I love, words I like to use over and over again because they please me endlessly. And I have words that make my body crinkle with discomfort. (For example, I will never like the word "crotch". Ever.) Words, their connotations and connections, are loaded with emotion.

Some of my favorites (off the top of my head):

Prowess
Lovely
Kaleidoscopic
Weaving
Juxtaposition
Persnickety
Flamboyant
Fluid
Grace
Existential
Bloom
Meander
Wildly
Sacred
Fickle
Motive
Geometry
Verisimilitude
Architecture
Verbose
Structure
Symbolic
Symbiotic
Dance
Roam
Blip
Russet
Blithe

The list goes on. What is it that you notice? What are your favorite words?

9 comments:

Jen said...

Dreadful
Bloom
Serendipity
Lithe
Many more, but it is early on laundry day and difficult to remember them all. Love this post.

I love the word detest, but I detest the word permeate.

silvernic said...

I really try to stay positive and only say nice things about the people I like, BUT...Rookie, you're a certifiable nerd!

silvernic said...

...but I do like the word "happenstance" and hate the word (if you can even qualify it as one) "shart." In fact, I almost punched a student in the nose by pure reflex after he said it.

The Rookie said...

And I celebrate the fact that I'm certifiably nerdy.

Stephanie said...

It is clear that we are friends because of shared nerdery, and a love for words. Some of the same words in fact: Lovely, Persnickety, and Verbose for instance...

Rie Pie said...

Ruse
Mediocre
Poignant
Hilarious
Mundane
Oi
Existentialism
Conceptual
Inappropriate
Delicious
Homeostasis
Impasse
Asunder

I love these...but that doesn't mean that I didn't need help spelling them. lol.

Melissa said...

It's so interesting when you stop to actually think about words.

Terresa said...

Crotch...I agree, not so good a word. But I like many on your list.

"Finesse" is one of my favorites. And "buzz."

Stine said...

I like the lilt of surrender, the tappy ts of platitudes, and the sheer and utter dada'ness of the muscle gastrocnemius.