Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Words
This week's topic at Top Ten Tuesday (brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about words. Any reader should have a good appreciation for words and a lot of us have certain words that we just love.
Most of my list is just words that I like to say or look at...and, of course, the list my be totally different tomorrow.
1. Malinger: to pretend to be ill or otherwise incapacitated in order to escape duty or work. (I'm not a fan of malingerers...just the word.)
2. Kaleidoscope: anything that constantly changes, as in color and pattern. (I love how it makes me think of the changing colors just with its sounds.)
3. Curmudgeon: a surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered person; cantankerous fellow. (Some of my best friends are curmudgeons...in the best sense of the word. I also like cantankerous.)
4. Myriad: originally ten thousand; any indefinitely large number. (I wish had more opportunities to fling this one around in every day speech...)
5. Shimmering: shining with an unsteady light; glimmering.
6. Pachyderm: any of the large, thick-skinned, hoofed animals, as the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus. (I like this word much better than elephant. I'm not sure I can explain why.)
7. Timpani: a set of kettledrums of different pitches played by one performer in an orchestra. (The word makes me think of the different pitches.)
8. Ineffable: too overwhelming to be expressed; too awesome or sacred to be spoken. (I'm with Ash over at The English Major's Junk Food on this one; I love this word. It has such an ineffable effect on me....)
9. Felicity: happiness or bliss; a quality or knack of appropriate and pleasing expression in writing, speaking, painting, etc. (I'm still working on that second definition.)
10. Galumph: to march or bound along in a self-satisfied manner. (How can I not love a word coined by Lewis Carroll?)