Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Words

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is rewind, as in pick a past topic. We picked Top Ten Favorite Words, because we couldn’t resit. Enjoy!

Elizabeth’s Picks

I should mention that I think chose most of my words on how fun they are to say, not because I use them that often :-)

1. Persnickety: “overparticular, fussy” I think my obsession with this word has to do with the snick sound. No idea why

2. Flabbergasted: “to overcome with surprise or bewilderment; astound” I think this might be the most fun word to say EVER. I will say I use this one as often as possible, but that’s not as often as I would like…

3. Sizzle: “to make a hissing sound, as in frying or burning; to be very hot” What can I say? I love onomatopoeia and this is my fave

4. Feisty: “full of animation, energy, or courage; spirited; spunky; plucky” No only do I like to say this word, but I also like to think of myself as being feisty ;-)

5. Delightful: “giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing” I like saying this word and what it means. Plus, I tend to use it often. When people ask me how I am, I usually respond with delightful :-D

Mary’s Picks

I realized I have a definite affinity for words that end in -le… So I will start by admitting that I do love the words pickle, bubble… But that would be too easy!

6. Serendipitous: a word whose meaning is as lovely as its sound!

7. Mutability: I remember coming across the word in the context of the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley – and proceeding to overuse it – or rather “mutable” – for the remainder of high school.

8. Kindred: I think the word reflects the meaning beautifully. Or perhaps I just enjoy the word “kin.” such a nice word, no? And y’all know I love kindred spirits.

9. Kerfuffle: okay, I snuck a -le in there. Oops!

10. LOL. Just kidding! What is our world coming to with all these abbreves?!

10 for real. Bookworm: as a bookworm myself, I have to ask, where does this word come from? And how weird is it really?! So it can round out my list :)

For more fun with words, I highly recommend The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester, which is a very entertaining read about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary!