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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):
What are your favorite words?
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Awesome list! I especially liked scrumtrulescent, susurrus, callipygian, and anenome.
A few of my favorite words:
I like equinox. Always have.
Too weird, I wrote a blog about favourite words the other and two of my four words are here too. Great minds think alike.
Cinema. I love film and that word is just magical to me.
I can’t believe I forgot to suggest ‘diphthong.’ It’s like my favorite word ever.
I think the word anemone was spelled incorrectly in this list.
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!
words that are fun to say,
pack-n-play , seltzer , in pluribus unum .
Oh, I am such a logophile! I like quaintrelle, pizzazz, bibelot, automaton, dazzle, whimsy…just to think of a quick few!
Supercalafragilisticxpalidocious is my favorite word!
uncouth and placid
This is superb!
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 :).
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!
I can’t believe I missed this day! I love:
Fixin’ (as in “I’m fixin’ to buy some new tops.”)
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.
Oh how I love words. Here’s a few of my faves:
And my two favorite replacements for cuss words: fiddlesticks and baklava
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