There are lots of blogs about writing out there, but Storytelling Nomad is among my favorites. Today, Katy posted
a very small collection of the few words that I think could do with a bit more exposure, and those that, were they to crawl into a cave and die, would undoubtedly be doing the world a favour and likely improve the chances of world peace.
Here are some of the words she labeled as “good:”
Discombobulate – I wish I could use this word more often. It just sounds, well, cool!
Magnanimous – This one makes me think of minions talking to their master. And I do like minions.
Racecar – ‘Cause everybody loves a good palindrome.
Wednesday – Because I like how I sound it out in my head every time I write it.
And here are a few of her “bad and the ugly:”
Chagrin – Twilight anyone? This word, sounds ugly, looks ugly…and what the hell does it mean?!
Moist – Last year it was concurred amongst friends (and some random people at the pub) that this is one of the ugliest sounding words, ever.
Colonel – I sound somewhat challenged every time I stumble over this word when reading aloud.
Phlegm – Look at it!
Bookkeeper – Double letter overload.
I’ve written before about why we’re drawn to some words and repelled by others. (My boss still hates “exquisite,” “granular,” and “robust.” So naturally, I try to squeeze them into my copy as often as possible. And then there was the time I discovered that I was overusing a much-hated word. Amazing.)
But today I’ll spare you my meditations on etymology. Instead, I’d like to invite my readers to submit their most hated words—and explain why you hate them. And in a couple of weeks I’ll publish the results. Deal?
C’mon. Play along! You know you want to.
Need a little inspiration? Here are some of my own least-loved: Obsequious. Liaising. Phlegm. Linkage. Robust. And soccer. I don’t know why … but I just hate the sound of “soccer.” Probably because the game is called “football” in the rest of the world, as God intended.
But I digress. Even if you don’t want to play, at least read what some of Britain’s most beloved poets—and the British public—have to say. You’ll never look at “boobs” quite the same way.