These Are A Few Of My Favorite Words

The power of a word. The more we know, the better we think.

The beauty of a word. The more eloquent we are, the more influence we wield.

The emotion of a word. The better we communicate, the more charisma we exude.

Words.

Shakespeare made love to them.

Emerson crafted them.

Dante emoted them.

Here are a few of my favorite words:

Extraordinary

Quintessential

Evocative

Muse

Transcendent

Sacramental

Sensual

Visceral

Question: What is your favorite word?

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33 Responses to “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Words”

  1. Cogent. :)

  2. Cab (yep, makes me giggle; a checkered-careening butter pat on wheels), lyrical, plethora, spondylolistheis (just kidding, I hate it when my back hurts) Popsicle ( hard to say without smiling), labyrinth, y’all, scrumptious, whimsical, wonder, loquacious, and almost all food words like “let’s eat!” ;-)

    • @Patsy, Ah, yes, Patsy, you are such a magical wordsmith. And I love,love,love whimsical, labyrinth, and I wonder if the “wonder” you mention is as in magic, or questioning…

  3. I’ve found myself using the word “Brilliant” all the time for just about anything.
    David Santistevan´s last blog post ..A Young Leader’s Guide To Following Well

  4. Grace, Effervescent, Lackadaisical, Languid, Iridescent, Plethora, Anomaly, Golf (makes me laugh–what a weird word)
    Kay Day´s last blog post ..he got it

  5. Love this post, Randy. I have long been a love and collector of words. A few of my faves are…

    flibbertyjibbet
    lackadaisical
    persnickety
    blythe
    supercilious
    wanderlust
    oxymoron
    effervescent
    crinkum-crankum
    renaissance

    I could go on, but I don’t think you have that much time on your hands. :-)
    Margaret´s last blog post ..bigbluemug- Storm is trying to sleep- making it a perfect day for 6 hrs of loud roadwork in front of our house – murphyslaw

  6. Serendipity, ambient, kudzu, harmony, ethereal and enchantment (because of Thomas Moore not Guy Kawasaki) are among my favorites.

    I must admit that, given I have two sons, fart remains a favorite, fun, funny, “forbidden” word in the Jennings house.
    Keith Jennings´s last blog post ..The Adventure Begins for Will Mathison- Author- Illustrator and 5th Grader

    • @Keith Jennings, Ha!!!!!!! When you have girls, I think the forbidden word is fart with the “r” removed. As in, “do I look_____ in this dress? Ha!!!

      By the way, ethereal and enchantment are two words I love, but I must ask you??? Kudzu??? :)

      • @Randy Elrod, Oh, those f-words!

        Yes, I love the word kudzu. Fun to say – sounds like a sneeze. Second, I find it fascinating that a Japanese plant is a staple of the American South.

        But even more, I love it as a metaphor of the Old South. It’s an immigrant that choked out native species. Was once seen as a savior. And is now categorized as a weed.

        Also, kudzu works like a Rorschach test: some project their fear into it – imagining snakes lurking beneath its surface. Others, like me, see it as an invitation to adventure – a childhood Neverland.
        Keith Jennings´s last blog post ..The Adventure Begins for Will Mathison- Author- Illustrator and 5th Grader

  7. Some of my favorite words include Muster, Gumption, Gusto, and of course the adjective Randy. (The noun isn’t so shabby either)

    Have you ever read the book Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester? It is a great story about the compilation of the OED. As one with an admiration for all things words and language, I really enjoyed it and recommend it.

  8. My favorite word is “chesed” (I hope Hebrew counts).
    JR Taylor´s last blog post ..Here We GoGoGo!

  9. relevant
    unconditional
    the f word
    absolute
    exacerbate
    palindrome
    Jason´s last blog post ..Telephone

    • @Jason, jason, i must ask…the f word as in the phrase, the f word as in the american word, or the f word as in Ireland?

      • @Randy Elrod,
        Wow! I didn’t know about the f word in Ireland! You’ll have to tell me about that.

        I’m talking about the American rated “R” F-word. Such a sharp, powerful, bright and colorful word in our culture, unfortunately grossly overused and abused, but still one of my favorites.

        Musical examples-
        USE: Mumford & Sons’ use of it in “Little Lion Man” or Alanis Moressette’s use of it in “You Oughta Know”- no other word so adequately and succinctly presents the emotional context of the moment this song is describing.
        ABUSE: many songs that use it for a syllable space filler when they need to match the lyric up to a certain point in the meter of the song.
        Jason´s last blog post ..Class

  10. Serendipity
    Facetious
    Curvaceous
    Synergy
    Harmony
    and just because I like the way it looks: syzygy

  11. I love words, including beautiful words with yucky meanings, like diarrhea. And sometimes I like to throw out unusual words in a sentence, just for fun: gelatinous, sesquipedalian.
    Jeedoo´s last blog post ..Rest in Perseverance- Worldwide Day of Prayer for Prodigals 9

    • @Jeedoo, i truly think this is the first time I have ever seen the phrase “beautiful words with yucky meanings.” wow!! I must think this through a bit more… :)

  12. Words I love more for the connotations than how they sound

    Passion
    Purpose
    Potential
    Meaning
    Create

    and the one I love to hear the most…

    Daddy!

  13. Joan Linbeck May 20, 2011 at 18:27

    Thank you for this post. I too love words. Their communicative value is an incomparable treasure. For me, one of my favorite words is simply, “friend”.

  14. I may be silly, but words like “Zimbabwe”, “Buttafuoco, & “chimichanga” just tickle my tongue. Sometimes I think News anchors report some stories more than others because they love saying the names, honestly. I would.

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