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08 April 2014 @ 07:57 am
Delicious words  
"Spindrift" is one of my favorite words. It tastes good to say, and it evokes a wonderfully airy image and spacious sentiment.

I've always loved the staccato of "ecstatic", experientially speaking, and of course its meaning gives the pleasure of saying it an additional boost.

Other favorites include "scintillating", "wallflower", knickers", and almost anything clipped (e.g., "totes" or "whatevs").

Do you have any favorite words? What are they, and what do you love about them?
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veek on April 8th, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC)
I have many, but the one that comes to mind every time someone asks this question is Woonsocket. Because it's ridiculous! Woooooonsocket! Now imagine a Fraggle saying it.
dreams_of_wings: pearldreams_of_wings on April 8th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
I think the SAME THING every time I drive to Providence!
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on April 8th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Me toooooonsocket!
Ellenkeyne on April 12th, 2014 06:35 am (UTC)
Only it's not the word, for me, it's the music. Every time we drive to Providence and I spot the sign, I start humming "I'm being followed by a Woonsocket! Woonsocket, Woonsocket!" And jacflash gives me the hairy eyeball, since Cat Stevens is Not His Sort of Music.
Words of Fire on the Surface of the Worldinfinitehotel on April 8th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
"Prosopography"; it sums up so much of what interests me in a couple of syllables.

And as soon as I read your question the word "barn" popped into my head for no explicable reason other than it feels good to say at the moment. "Barn. Baaaaaaarn. BaaaaaaAAAAAaaaarn."
Adamslipjig on April 8th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
I've always had a fondness for "elixir," which manages to be both musical and exotic without feeling like cultural appropriation.
lazyzlazyz on April 9th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
Opalescence, adularescence, chatoyance and other words for how various gems reflect light.
lazyzlazyz on April 9th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
I love the various effects they conjure up.
ruthless compassion: iris portraitaroraborealis on April 9th, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
All of the -scences are great!
Scheherazade is my patron saint.a_kosmos on April 9th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
I like "scintillate," "esquisite," "azure," and "vermillion" for a start
Will O'the Wispwotw on April 9th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
metaphortunate sonmetaphortunate on April 14th, 2014 05:16 am (UTC)
I was in a zoo in Finland one time (long story) and my (American) friend and I were looking at the wapiti. I was saying how "wapiti" is one of the best words ever, because it is so much fun to say "wapiti wapiti wapiti" when a Finnish mother and child came up behind us. The mother was talking to her child quietly. What she said sounded (I don't speak Finnish) vaguely like "Alga looga buga trok wapiti wapiti wapiti."
David Policardpolicar on May 28th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm really fond of "endorse."

Not for the sound of it, but because it filled a niche I really wanted to fill, where I wanted to stop saying I "approved of" various things in the world as though I had supervisory authority over the systems that demonstrated them, because who the fuck am I?, but I didn't just want to passively say that I thought they were good things, because I meant something more active than that.