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    What's your favourite word?

    Discussion in 'Writing Prompts' started by The Peanut Monster, Jun 8, 2013.

    Ok: so this isn't a game as such, but you know we all have those words that we love to use, or really like the sound of. So let's hear them, with an explanation of why you like it.

    I'll start:

    Peanut.

    Perhaps that's no surprise, but that's why I'm the Peanut Monster. It's not because I like peanuts, in fact, I'm kind of indifferent to them, and frankly, I think the word is wasted on the nut. I love the sound of the letter "p" contrasted with other consonants for some reason, and words like "pink" "punt" "pit" are all cool sounding to me, kind of cute, and "punchy" :p. Peanut, well, its the best of them all.
     
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    Alesia Pen names: AJ Connor, Carey Connolly Contributor

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    I can't say it here, this is a family forum. If you're familiar with the show, just think of the word Pinkman always used on Breaking Bad. Yeah, I know it's vulger but for some reason It's a nice period when you're really mad at someone.
     
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    I don't have a single favorite, but there are some that I do fancy.

    Lugubrious.
    Kerfuffle.
    Perspicacious.
    Egregious.
    Exigencies.
    Predatory.
    Cunning.
     
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    ^ Nice picks Ed
    I have a hard time picking one too,
    Lilaceous
    Tintinnabulation
    Squiggle
    Luminous
    Jambalaya
    Vanish
    Boomerang

    I pick mine by sound. Love how vanish is thrust from your mouth as though it is vanishing from your lips, how boomerang doubles
    back in your tongue, how Jambalya is a jumping tongue-dance and lilaceous is caressing.
     
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    Most of my favorites are simple words. I know I've extolled the virtues of long words on this forum before - or, at least, defended their use when they're the right words - but my favorites are usually short. Here's a selection:

    Balance
    Dawn
    Gentle
    Glass
    Shark
    Smoke
    Talon
    Thunder

    One can write powerful poetry with words like these.
     
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    I like the sound of certain words, like tintinnabulation, rumble, brouhaha, and rutabaga.

    But my favorite word is the the one that fits snugly in the sentence I'm working on at the time, the word that launches the sentence from adequate to memorable.
     
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    I don't have just one word; they always seem to pop out at me ever since I discovered them

    Black
    Vociferous
    Aphotic
    Commozione
    Spark
    Rifle
     
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    Not sure if I have a favourite word but I always loved the name of a Portugese footballer - Oceano - pronounced O-Cee-ah-no, no idea why but it's also a hotel chain here in France. My wife's is cellar-door. :eek:
     
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    Maleficent.

    It just... says what it's meant to say, in an elegant way that rolls off the tongue.
     
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    Like others before me, I have no particular favorite. One of them, however, is incision. To me, that word sounds exactly like what it means.

    Of course others include:
    guacamole
    anejo
    hubris
    ornery (southern US pronunciation only)
     
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    My favorite words are my favorites not because of phonetics or intonation, but simply the meaning they represent.

    1) Name - If you think about it, these things that we usually take for granted hold such power. Is a dog still a dog if not called a dog? *shoots self with Shakespeare lines*

    2 - 5) Not in any particular order:

    Love
    Death
    Annihilation
    Green
     
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    Mustang(Hope that counts)
    Black
    Knockdown
    Assault
    Weave
     
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    Capture
    Incandescent
    Luminescent
    Enchanted
    Entwine

    I just like the way the letters complement each other and how they sound when I put on a French accent. I feel sophisticated... or something. Maybe it's the five year old girl in me who loves fairy-tales.
     
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    inconclusive, rabies, gimmick, timber
     
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    Orifice.

    Has so many connotations...
     
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    Soccer-ball, cause it was my autistic son's first real word and

    Mom, cause I waited four years to hear him call me that.
     
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    senescence
     
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    bum-fluff
     
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    Like most of the others, I don't have a single favorite, and I don't know why I like these words, but for some reason I have a fondness for them:

    illuminate
    enlighten
    acquire/acquisition
    satisfying
    elaborate (the verb, not the adjective)
    and of course...
    The four-letter "F" word. (Actually, that may be my favorite. I can't seem to write a story without it. Usually it's used multiple times. That word, and it's -ing form as an adjective is extraordinarily useful.)
     
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    together (courtesy of author and vlogger extraordinaire John Green)
    frequent (as a verb)
    duplicate (both verb and noun)
    win (as a noun)
    woo (in the meaning of making others like you)
    shoo
    island
    peninsula
    thunder
    the
    her
    heir
    heiress
    actress
    waitress
    goddess
    emphasis
    emphatic
    sentient
    sentience
    nor
    awe
    pun
    quit
    domain
    realm
    philtrum
    zero
    ditto
    euphemism
    sphere
    void
    cherish
    flourish
    bracelet
    violet
    limbo
    spree
    fortnight
    hindsight
    extrapolate
    guesstimate
    cinematic
    urge
    urethra
    tampon
    nuance
    nuisance
    chasm
    cataclysm
    shattering
    sundering
    vitriol
    ubiquitous
    poignant

    And now to the words I actually use a lot more than most people amongst those I like:
    very
    indeed
    quite
    thrice
     
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    lascivious << many of my characters
    ambiguity << important in seeking an understanding of the human condition
     
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    Intuitive. Sadly I find myself using it almost exclusively to describe the lack rather than the presence.
     
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    Maelstrom - it just conveys a feeling of violence in any situation.

    Moist/Damp - because it makes certain people cringe in conversation...:rolleyes:
     
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    floccinaucinihilipilification (that's a whole lot of nothing right there!)
    Maleficent (just drools blood)
    sesquipedalian
    black
    ooze
    grimmace
    shudder
    fang
     
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    At the moment

    Pernickety/Persnickety

    I just like the rhythm of it, it almost feels like you are tutting to yourself as you say it. and how the sound of it reflects the meaning. It's sooo much more effective than simply saying picky or fussy etc. I am happy to have passed on the joy of this word recently to a flute pupil of mine who loved it and has made up her own song about Mrs Pernickety (her new name for her very particular friend)
     

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