I really love words. They are my currency, my stock-in-trade. And nobody owns them. They’re free for everyone to manipulate and juggle and borrow and blend into structures and sentences.
Words are the magic of communication and the literacy of dreams (in my opinion!)
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Here’s 10 words, some old favs and others very new to me, that I love:
1. Troubadour – I think I first saw this word in an Erica Jong novel. I seem to remember something about a ‘naif troubadour’. Brilliant!
2. Fabulism – new to me this week, ‘fabulism’ is a form of magic realism and although I at first thought it was related to the word ‘fabulous‘, it is in fact from the word ‘fable’; ‘fabular’. It all makes sense now. So what’s magic realism again???
3. Ennui – but I’m always forgetting what it means! Is that symptomatic of embracing the word itself? (ON-wee. ON-wee. ON-wee.)
4. Pom-pom – isn’t this such a wonderful word? According to wikipedia it is “a loose, fluffy, decorative ball or tuft of fibrous material. Pom-poms may come in many colors, sizes, and varieties and are made from a wide array of materials, including wool, cotton, paper, plastic, and occasionally feathers. Pom-poms are shaken by cheerleaders.”
5. Halycon – oh how I long for those halycon days…
6. Cornucopia – makes me think of nests filled with Faberge eggs or treasures in a charity shop or a gathering of haberdashery delights in a shop like Liberty. It makes me feel creative just by saying it: CORNU-COPIA.
7. Twig – like twigs that form on branches and branches that grow on trees and trees that are of the oldest plants of the earth; so beautiful and so enduring. ‘Twigs’ was also the name of the owl that delivered our wedding rings when my husband and I got married. And I like this song by FKA Twigs.
8. Myriad – I use it all the time. I love it. It has myriad uses (haha).
9. Virago – “A virago is a woman who demonstrates exemplary and heroic qualities.” Yes. Exactly.
10. Triptych – I’m drawn to this word and it pops up all the time in art and in exhibitions. But I can’t say it. It’s a tongue-twister. It mocks me. But it makes it even more appealing to me. I want to create a ‘triptych’ of something, someday. That’ll show it!
Other words I struggle to say are obfuscate and archipelago. I’m sure there are plenty more.
What are your favourite words? Is it just me who struggles with triptych, obfuscate and archipelago?