A friend of mine recently started a new blog on words. Reading some of her recent posts, I realized that we share a deep love of words. So . . .
What is my favorite word? I have no idea only because there are too many to narrow it down to one. They hold power–to create, to wound, to calm, to bring peace, to deceive, to grow, to stunt, to inspire. Finding it impossible to choose just one, I will pick one for each letter of the alphabet.
Why did I pick these? Many reasons. Some of them, I just like the way they sound and feel when I say them. For some, there is a sentimental attachment; so many wonderful words have fallen into disuse. Some were definitely chosen for their meaning–powerful, subtle, striking. Some I picked for more than one reason, maybe even all three.
Despite this great love, there are some words I do not like, and those are almost always because of a personal connection. Here are some of them: should, normal, lazy, fat, responsibility, and various profanity. One of my personal challenges is to come up with words and phrases that impact even more strongly than profanity. Of course, there is the rare occasion when nothing else will do.
So . . . what are some of your favorite words?