Greetings from the staff of Writer’s Relief!
We enjoy getting to know our clients—and you know we always like to have a little fun with words. So we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite words. Please tell us your favorite word by posting a reply!
Chris: Windfall. I like the way it sounds.
Christine: Banshee and sanguinolency.
Hermine: Friend. I find it a very comforting word.
Jessica: Shenanigans. I like the way it sounds, and that’s how I live my life.
Joe: Erudite, because pretentious is my middle name.
Jon: Please, because it gets a lot of people to do things.
Justin: Yawp. I’ve always wanted to shout my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world, a la Walt Whitman.
Kriste: Onomatopoeia. I love the definition (words that sound like what they are, like swoosh, zap, etc.), and the word onomatopoeia is fun to say; I think so anyway!
Kristin: Ersatz, defined as “being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation” by Merriam-Webster. I heard this word for the first time in a Marilyn Manson song and just thought it was the coolest, rarely used word I’d ever heard. I love the sound and spelling of it because it looks and sounds made up. I try to use it as much as possible in everyday conversation because it’s so often appropriate and applicable and yet so neglected.
Lisa: Crepuscule. Such a gross word for something so very lovely: twilight. (No, not the book!)
Meg: Serendipity—to discover something when looking for something else. Isaac Asimov said about serendipity: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’, but ‘That’s funny…’”
Priya: Biophilia. It is the natural human tendency to interact and be close with other living organisms in nature. I first learned it from one of my favorite books, The Future of Life by American biologist E.O. Wilson.
Ronnie: Grace. My second favorite word is antidisestablishmentarianism because I remember my grandfather teaching it to me before I started going to school. He thought it was an important thing for me to know.*
Sasha: Squalor. Even though it means disgusting and dirty, it makes me think of one of my favorite (and beautiful) places: Manasquan.
Steve: Fuligin, both a color and a textile having that color, associated with the Guild of Torturers in Gene Wolfe’s book The Shadow of the Torturer. The color is described as “blacker than black” and also as “the color of soot.”
Wendy: I’m feeling somewhat partial to serendipity for its meaning, as well its pronunciation. Such a blithe, lyrical sound!
* Ronnie’s note: “Two people chose serendipity. Isn’t that serendipity-ous (LOL)!”