Favorite words: a Slice of Life Story

30 Dec


I love words. That is not really surprising to those who know me. I read and write a lot. I speak English and Spanish well, have taught French and learned Danish while living in Denmark for a year. I’ve been trying to think of my One Little Word (OLW) and I think I’ve been overthinking it. So, instead of writing about my OLW, I will just write about some words I really like.

Bungalow: I just love the way this words roll out of my mouth. I think this was the first word I fell in love with. I first came across it when we moved to Abitibi Canyon, when I was in grade 2. It was a company town set up around the hydro-electric dam.  The houses were set up in 2 circles: the old colony and the new colony. We lived in the old colony, first in a 2 story green house, then in a pink bungalow where I had my own room for the first time ever.

Hygge, hyggelig: These are 2 Danish words that are hard to translate. The first is the verb; the second the adjective. They are usually translated into some form of cozy or coziness, but that doesn’t really capture the essence of these words. Here are Danes explaining it

Se demander: this French verb is generally translated as to wonder, to ask oneself. I fell in love with this word in  French class at the University of Toronto, where my instructor, a middle-aged French woman had the cutest way of saying “I wonder” in English. It is a verb of self-reflection and curiosity.

Moist:  Moist sound like what it is. A perfect word, really.

Bubble: This is just a funny word. try saying it when you are angry.

Behoove:  A nice verb to use when you want someone to do something, but don’t want to sound preachy or bossy, though that is what you are being.

What are your favorite words?

9 Responses to “Favorite words: a Slice of Life Story”

  1. arjeha December 30, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Love your list of words. One of my favorite words for no other reason than I like the sound of it is tintinnabulation. Happy New Year, Adrienne.

    • Leigh Anne December 30, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks for the new word today!

  2. Leigh Anne December 30, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    I have always loved words and the certain way they roll out when spoken. When I was little and watched the Price is Right, I always loved saying Beverly Boulevard. That was the address they said at the end. I guess I have always been a nerd! Now I am off to go look up “tintinnabulation!”

  3. elsie December 30, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Juxtaposition and plethora are a couple of my favorite words. You have so many languages and so many word choices to select from! That is so cool, I’m jealous. 🙂

  4. lromainebrown December 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Ah, then you are a logophile! A person who loves words. Language is such a marvel. I have not collected favorite words, as I know some authors do. They wait eagerly for a chance to use them to evolve in a manuscript.

  5. K. Renae P. December 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Oh, you and I share many favorite silly words. I use behoove ALL THE TIME. Now moist? That’s on my yuck word list along with ointment and chalk. 😀

    • Adrienne December 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      Ointment…that is yucky. Makes me think of unguent.

  6. Sara Renae December 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    I, too, am a word nerd! I enjoy using descriptive, elusive words in every day speech. As a result, it’s quite fun to see my young son develop his “wordiness”, too 🙂

  7. Tara Smith December 31, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Love “bungalow” – an Anglo-Indian word I grew up with and it always connoted coziness, warmth, and home.

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