What are your favourite and least favourite words? Mine: Favourite: without too much thought put into this, I'll go with flabbergast. It's one of those words that totally conveys just how stupefied someone gets, almost as if you can picture him or her doing a double-take and flabs of skin rippling around in shock. "Whoa, what did you just say? That boggles my mind!" all in one word. It's one step away from being onomatopoeic(at least in my mind) because I can just hear the flab flapping around. Least favourite: probably utilize. This word seems to be born out of a need for someone to sound more official. I know, I know. It does have its place. I appreciate when it's needed and used properly. But I find it used properly so few times because most times it's there to pomp up someone's document. Maybe nine times out of ten, the word is wedged in where "use" would work just as well and would sound less pompous. I heard a manager at my workplace use "maximalize" once, as in "We need to maximalize our productivity." He became my favourite make-up-a-word-to-sound-more-official man because he used these governmentese words so often, at least a few each meeting. I wrote them down and referred to them when I needed a good chuckle. I bring this up because I see "utilize" used in the same vein: to sound more official when a shorter word will do.