Do you have any words that just kill you? Make you want to throw up in your mouth or all over the person next to you on the bus? Or how about those words that just make your friggin’ day, and you have no idea why, whether it be the way the letters just dance on your tongue, or how exc ited you get when you can actually use that word in a sentence, or in a term paper?
I figured since I’m a writer and an English major, it’s only natural that one (or two) of my lists be about one of my favorite things ever – words. Obviously there are thousands if not MILLIONS of words in the English language, and if I went through the entire dictionary it would take forever for me to comprise these lists. So here are abridged versions of my favorite and least favorite words, based on a) the way they sound/feel to say, b) what they mean/represent, and c) just general opinion lacking any true reason. Warning: some are vulgar.
Words I hate:
The C Word – an obvious starting point
MOIST – see above.
Torn, ruptured, detached, or anything of the like in regards to body parts
Ointment – stopstopstopstop
Curdled – is it bad that I can smell this word?
Clitoris – this word just makes me angry, no real reason why
Maggot – it invokes awful images in my brain
Toot – Just stop.
Any slang word to describe male or female sexy parts
Pus – why?
Panties – MY LEAST FAVORITE WORD, EVER
Words I love:
Juxtaposition – I try to use it in every English paper I write
Blasé, Passé, Résumé, and any other word that automatically is accented in MS Word
Cerulean – love the color and the word
Scrumtrulescent – I had to
Synecdoche – not only is it fun/difficult to say, but it’s one of my favorite literary devices
Ejercicio – not in English, but still a very delightful word to say
Xi – especially on a triple word score in Scrabble
Cantankerous – though I never know when/how to use it
Antidisestablishmentarianism – I was reminded about this word by my uncle; never used it in my life
I’d be curious to hear about the words that make you squeamish or fill you with a cornucopia of delight! :)