What is your Favourite Word and Why?

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 28th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2rj5_9_6/
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The basic building blocks of any language are the words, lets face it words can be the source of so much enjoyment, but they can also be the source of so much pain, irrespective of the languages we use they are such an integral part of our lives but love or hate what is said the word is out there, it is spoken, it is written and it is a part of your life.

Do you Remember?

Do you remember the word 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' a completely nonsense word invented by Mary Poppins in the film of the same name, it may mean nothing but isn't that simply a joy to run around the mouth a few times? A word in a similar vein is the one used for magic tricks, 'abracadabra' which I am convinced is somewhat magical all on its own. When I was young I came across the word 'antidisestablishmentarianism' which is no longer found in the dictionary, its meaning is strange and convoluted and related to a political position that originated in 19th-century Britain in opposition to proposals for the disestablishment of the Church of England, that is, to remove the Anglican Church's status as the state church of England, Ireland, and Wales; I am not sure about the movement but it's another word to run around the mouth a few times, each of these words could be used as a part of a speaking exercise to encourage good annunciation and to warm up the speaking muscles in the throat.

This brings to mind a great song by one of the great bands of all time, which prompts me to add the following clip from YouTube (and I do apologise in advance for the white noise that is a part of the recording)

Young America

Another song that also makes me think and remember things is David Bowie's Young Americans

Which brings me to the power that America exerts over this language that we all share and it has to be said than many of the best linguists to be found today are American and we should be proud that living with the English language gives us so much opportunity to express ourselves and be a part of a worldwide community that has one thing in common - our ability to communicate in this great language.

Indeed it is not simply the youthfulness of America (and other young nations such as Australia, New Zealand have to offer) that makes this language great, but the fact that it has been adopted across the globe, with places like India, Kenya, and other countries that use English as their primary means of communication, today the world needs a global language more than ever before and had English not been there then something else would have filled the void.

In Love with Words

Here are a few words that I have come to love:

  • It - there is something definite about this word, perhaps as ending in a hard 'T' gives it a bit of finality but at the end of the day it gives us so much flexibility in the English language, has animate and inanimate uses and I doubt we could live without this word.
  • Way - another flexible word, it means a path, but we use it in many contexts, e.g. the way to do it. It is also added to the end of some words to make a name, such as subway, for an underground route and seems to have so many commercial uses.
  • Queue - This is something we hate, but spend all too much time in.
  • Quality - a word that is all too often misused because it requires a level against which quality can be measured, most people assume the word means good quality when "good" must not be implied.
  • Dyslexia - this has got to be one of the hardest words to spell when you hear it, just think what a challenge it is for the dyslexic person, who has no word memory.
  • Metaphor - a method used by writers describe a concept, often a complex one, in terms their readers may find more familiar.
  • Revelation - everyone should experience revelations during the course of their lives and as many times as possible, the word also gives a sense of surprise.
  • Empowered - again something we should all feel as we grow in our knowledge and capabilities.
  • Because - a word that indicates we will explain things to another level of detail, this is a word some online writers should use a little more.
  • Like - a word that indicates a writer cares for their reader by painting a picture of the concept or idea.

If you love any language then you will also love words and you will have your pet choices for one reason or another, bring them out and think about them because they are such an important part of you.

Local Toastmasters

I am proud to be a member of my local toastmaster club and here were a few words offered by the members (although the reasons for their selection have not been included):

  • Tablet
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Numskull
  • Absolutely
  • Great
  • Synchronicity
  • Serendipity
  • Courage
  • Passion
  • Scary
  • Frig
  • Miscellaneous
  • Lucky
  • Appreciate
  • Thankful

These are a wide range of words selected for a number of reasons, some because of the sounds the words make and others because of the meaning they provide, one member also suggested supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, hmmm... a thought that is quite atrocious, but it says something about the minds of those present in the room.

Think about it though Toastmasters love words, they wish to speak them and discover how our language can be used vocally.

Your Favourites?

So what are your favourite words? Just add a comment giving those that you prefer and it does not matter how simple of complex they are, the truth is that words are so expressive that they can build you up one moment and knock you down the next, this is not a moment to be shy, but a moment to express yourself.

Short, long, simple, complex, well known, or unknown there are simply so many words to choose from and apparently the average person knows between ten and twenty thousand of them, yet there are over 170,000 to choose from according to the Oxford English Dictionary, so defining a favourite word is probably a nearly impossible task because you will have to hunt far and wide for it, yet the probability is you simply discovered it one day and you use it time and time again.

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Abracadabra, Antidisestablishmentarianism, Basic, Building Blocks, Enjoyment, Favourite Word, Good Annunciation, Hate, In Love With Words, Love, Remember, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, What Is Said, Young Nations

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Social media consultant, with C-Level background.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
28th Nov 2013 (#)

Good afternoon, Peter; wonderful topic; thought provoking informative and presented well. I think my favorite word would have to be: Change - transforming and adapting: light to dark, night to day, spring through summer into autumn, then to winter; young to old, conservative to liberal, man to woman, small to large, addiction to recovery, and on and on and on....a single word that describes what each writer does; we change the order or the coupling of those 170,000 words and make something new and changed each time we write. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
28th Nov 2013 (#)

I think my favourite word would be ..Praise - Peter ...because when we give it or receive it it always accompanies a sense of wellbeing to both the giver and the receiver .
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting post

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
29th Nov 2013 (#)

My favorite word has been "Fantasmigorical", not sure how you spell that to be honest.
Great tips on sharing our words with the world.

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author avatar spirited
29th Nov 2013 (#)

if you haven't seen this one before, it's a mouthful.

floccinaucinihilipilification

the meaning is lust as weird as the word.....

"the action or habit of estimating something as worthless."

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author avatar Retired
29th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Steve. I've never really pondered what my favorite word is but your article gives me pause for thought ...

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author avatar Retired
29th Nov 2013 (#)

Sorry Peter for the wrong name. I saw Steve on the page and was confused.

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Nov 2013 (#)

I have found the use of "Yet" as very important in starting many of the paragraphs in my Blogs or articles. Earlier, I used "but". However, in a behavioral training, the faculty advised us to use Yet or However instead of but(reason being but sounds similar to "butt" and as per faculty our clients in UK/US could find its use offensive.)

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author avatar joyalariwo
29th Nov 2013 (#)

Hello Peter quite an interesting article, enjoyed it so much that I am going to share it.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Nov 2013 (#)

wonder filled this Peter...whew what research you must have done...my favourite word is LOVE..LOVING.....ing at the end of words indicates In God

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author avatar Mariah
30th Nov 2013 (#)

This is a very interesting post Peter, as writers, it's all about words, where when and how we use them..my chosen words here are.... perception,attribute, inspire.
Enjoyed reading this thought provoking article, thank you.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Dec 2013 (#)

My favorite word is whichever one I'm writing right NOW. So it changes. Constantly. But someone said after reading one of my articles on homophones that he was becoming homophonic, and that might be my newest favorite word for a while... ;)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

All, thank you very much for all of your comments, I wanted to let you know that I am currently working on an e-book pulling together some of my Wikinut articles (plus some that have been produced elsewhere) that relates to the use of good English and other (as yet) unwritten or unpublished material, thank you for your input.

Kindest regards.

Peter

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author avatar Ptrikha
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Once your book is out, Please do share the URL. Are you writing this on smashwords.com?

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author avatar Retired
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Art. Because art is life.

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Dec 2013 (#)

Beautiful Star
well deserved ..
dear moderator

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author avatar Virendra Singh Bhanu
21st Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing, love them! I think you should add your favorite words to favoritewords.com

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