for the love of WORDS.

Monday, August 15, 2011

I don't know if it's just me, but I've always loved words. Reading them, writing them, learning more about them, discovering new ones and their definitions, actually using them in my daily life... I just love words. So today I thought I should share some of my favorite words - the ones that I just find sound nice - and my not-so-favorite words - the ones that make me cringe when I say them!
Lovely Words: (in my opinion)
rendezvous
tranquility
aesthetic
ethereal
serendipity
eloquent
quintessential

Not-So-Lovely Words: (in my opinion)
moist
spatula
chuckle
bulge
pus
ointment
yeast
colonel (because why would you spell it this way when it's meant to be pronounced COMPLETELY different?)

Pretty random topic, but what are your favorites and not so favorites? Tell me why. And remember, we're just basing it on the way the words sound - not necessarily on their definitions ;)

37 comments:

  1. Awesome lists! Moist is probably one of the most unlovely words ever.

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  2. Ew, pus! I have to admit at least it sounds like it looks :P My favourite words are chutzpah, spark, teach, and oy. Yiddish words are the best sounding ones :D

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  3. this is so awesome, Jillian!
    You pretty much covered two of the nastiest words in the English language - pus and moist. Eww!
    I don't know if this word is nasty per see, but I never liked "ointment."

    And you're favorite words are beautiful! There's something cool about French words like rendezvous. One of my favorite words is 'loquacious.' See, and people say that HARRY POTTER isn't educational! Thanks to Hermione's vocab, I found a lot of cool words!
    Maybe this could be like an ongoing feature?

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  4. I love your lists, Jillian! I have to agree about "seredipity." It looks so lovely on paper and the definition is perfect as well! This is probably just me, but I also hate the word "particuarly." People I know say it wrong sometimes, and it just bothers me. Another horrible one is "gripe." Fun topic to think about!

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  5. great list! some of words i love would be...suave, magnificent, halcyon, chest (yes, chest!)...and quite a few more!

    and i hate the word BLOGGER. and ZIT. and GUTTER. and WART, of course :D

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  6. uuggghhh COLONEL!! Sometimes when I'm feeling rebellious, I pronounce it the way it's spelled because it just makes more sense. and I hate the word blog and blogging.

    And I love the words: always, petrichor, luminous, incandescence.

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  7. I love your choices of favorite words. I used to keep lists of my favorites, but I have no idea where they are. Your least favorites are spot on too, bulge... ugh.

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  8. I'm so with you. I love serendipity. And of course whimsy. I love words that promise sweet things that I can almost get lost in.

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  9. What a unique great topic.

    tranquility and eloquent are beautiful.

    My favourite word is absolutely :-)

    Oh and sexy ;-)

    I hate the word blogosphere because no one knows the correct spelling, ugggh.

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  10. oh moist! that word is horrid! I hate the word panties - I'm from Australia and we say undies - not an especially cool word, but it means that panties sounds perverted to me! I actually quite like spatula, I think it's because you can say the syllables with force. One of my most favourite words is delightful, to me it sounds just like what it means.

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  11. Belle - Yup. Glad you agree haha

    TeacherLearner - I actually had to look up the definition for chutzpah, so thanks for teaching me a new word today!

    amelia - Ointment is just so ugly, isn't it? Oh and I agree that I do find French words to be very pretty!

    Brooke - Particularly can be a rather odd word - especially because everyone pronounces it differently!

    Aleeza - ZIT. Definitely.

    jILLILAH - haha sometimes I try really hard to figure out where the "kernel" sound is in that spelling, just so I don't have to be so irritated anymore. and yay for incandescence!

    Melissa - I should start keeping list of words too!

    Juju - Oh I forgot to add that - I've always loved the word whimsy and whimsical! Sounds very Alice in Wonderland-ish to me haha

    Marce - Haha sexy is good!

    mummazappa - Panties does sound rather bad haha and delightful, is delightful indeed ;)

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  12. English or Dutch? lol.

    Dutch? Love the word: Liefde (Kind of like love) & desalniettemin (nevertheless)
    English? Love the word: delicious & miraculous.

    Dutch? Hate the word: Kak (It means shit) lol.
    English? Hate the word: ? No, idea. I need to learn more English words. Tard? I think it sounds so funny. ;) LOL!

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  13. I like the words ethereal and serendipity too. And PUS!? Ewww! That is definitely a word not to love ;)

    Also, I’m a new follower— wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :) http://rachelbrookswrites.blogspot.com/

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  14. Nina - Interesting!! it's nice to see different words that aren't English here too :) And kak definitely sounds like shit hahah

    Rachel - Thanks for following!! I will check out your blog as well :)

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  15. Haha interseting post. My favourite word is cuddle, and I really dislike the word ooze. Pus and moist are pretty horrible too.

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  16. Nice lists Jillian. I like the words 'Incandescent' and 'Bewitch'.
    I dont know why colonel is pronounced with an R...lol.

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  17. O - o - o! I had to come back because I thought of another one besides serendipity and whimsy: Reverie!

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