30 of the ModCloth Writers’ Favorite Words

A Picture Can Tell a Thousand Words, But a Few Words Can Change Its Story, illustrated by ModCloth

Lit lovers, pun-slingers, and word-wringers, today’s our day — yes, it’s National Dictionary Day, and the birthday of lexicography scene-shaker Noah Webster. In honor of this happy occasion, I asked our amazing graphic designer, Erynn, to illustrate one of our favorite quotations about the power of words, and, asked my fellow ModCloth writers what their favorite words are. Some words were chosen for the way they slipped and skidded off the tongue. Others, for their stalagmite shapes, onomatopoeic qualities, and multisyllabic punches. Some words, we simply loved.

So, without further ado, here are the ModCloth writers’ favorite words (this year, at least):

anemone
cadence
callipygian
cogent
consternation
coolio
decapitate
defenestrate
demonym
ecclesiastical
epoch
funereal
hamper
indefatigable
lugubrious
muddle
obsequious
oscillate
rut
salubrious
scrumtrulescent
sea
slip
stymie
susurrus
sonorous
tangible
tidings
unctuous
verdant

What are your favorite words?

About Jenn

Jenn's first career aspiration was to be a dinosaur. After her kindergarten teacher informed her that couldn't happen, she decided she would be the next best thing: a writer. Aside from writing, Jenn loves chambray shirts, all cacti, and good typography.

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21 Responses to 30 of the ModCloth Writers’ Favorite Words

  1. Lee 10/16/2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Awesome list! I especially liked scrumtrulescent, susurrus, callipygian, and anenome.

    A few of my favorite words:

    spiny
    plangent
    batten
    loam
    tambourine
    brine
    submarine
    imponderable
    turnip

  2. Lua 10/16/2013 at 4:17 pm #

    I like equinox. Always have.

  3. Charlie 10/16/2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Too weird, I wrote a blog about favourite words the other and two of my four words are here too. Great minds think alike.

  4. 'Becca'lise Deveaux 10/16/2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Cinema. I love film and that word is just magical to me.

  5. Cindy (ModCloth) 10/16/2013 at 9:12 pm #

    I can’t believe I forgot to suggest ‘diphthong.’ It’s like my favorite word ever.

  6. mariedoll 10/16/2013 at 10:25 pm #

    I think the word anemone was spelled incorrectly in this list.

    • Jenn (ModCloth) 10/17/2013 at 11:29 am #

      Oh dear. Major failwhaling on my part! Yes, my finger tripped up with that first one. Just fixed that typo. Thanks for your eagle eyes, Mariedoll!

  7. veda 10/17/2013 at 8:55 am #

    words that are fun to say,

    pack-n-play , seltzer , in pluribus unum .

  8. lawhimsy 10/17/2013 at 10:05 am #

    Oh, I am such a logophile! I like quaintrelle, pizzazz, bibelot, automaton, dazzle, whimsy…just to think of a quick few!

  9. Julianne (ModCloth) 10/17/2013 at 10:45 am #

    Scrumtrulescent! <3

  10. cassandraramage 10/18/2013 at 11:04 am #

    babushka ^_^

  11. Cyra 10/18/2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Persnickety!

  12. Wordgirl 10/18/2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Supercalafragilisticxpalidocious is my favorite word!

  13. Shermel 10/18/2013 at 7:43 pm #

    uncouth and placid

  14. Sam 10/19/2013 at 7:30 am #

    This is superb!

  15. Miki 10/20/2013 at 11:51 pm #

    What a cool post! I’ve always loved the pronunciation and spelling of mistletoe. Maybe because English is my second language, I don’t know. I also love what the word entail :).

  16. Kelsey 10/21/2013 at 6:50 pm #

    I adore “smitten” and “swoon” because of the feelings they describe, the cuteness of “smitten” and the roundness of “swoon,” and the way they absolutely must be said with emphasis that perfectly conveys your emotions!

  17. Tricia Rosetty (@TheWritersDoula) 10/21/2013 at 11:33 pm #

    I can’t believe I missed this day! I love:

    Inebriated
    Haberdashery
    Polyglot
    Fixin’ (as in “I’m fixin’ to buy some new tops.”)
    Juxtaposition
    Extrapolate
    Parabola
    Bespoke

  18. Cara 10/23/2013 at 9:29 am #

    Love this list! All of these words are wonderful and I particularly appreciate the inclusion of “sea” — I’ve always found it so alluring despite its simplicity. Other favorites of mine include obelisk and ampersand.

  19. Veronica 10/29/2013 at 11:24 am #

    Oh how I love words. Here’s a few of my faves:

    languid
    mellifluous
    endure
    scintillate
    enfold
    unfurl
    sparrow
    wren
    undulate
    quiver
    tepid
    sorrow

    And my two favorite replacements for cuss words: fiddlesticks and baklava

    : )

  20. manish1857 02/28/2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Why don’t you use favoritewords.com for your list? It’s a free tool, lacks some features but it’s still in beta, so… I am pretty sure you’ll love using it. thanks for posting your words.

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