Words. Today I've had my emotions flung around the room, batted and battered. And all because of words. Letters and syllables, vowels and consonants put together in ways with the power to hurt, the power to heal, the power to build up, the power to tear down. Words.
Then I got home and wrote words. Said what I had to say. Responded after a period of calm. By the time I finished, I was sick and tired of ...
Then I read an email from Niece Shannon who was telling me about her diving into a new journal. She decided to christen the journal by writing down a list of her favourite words. I loved the image of her hunching over the book with her tongue sticking out the side of her mouth as she writes, with concentration, a list of favourite words. I wonder what they are. I wonder if she will post some of them here, in the comment section.
And because I am me, and am incredibly fascinated by me, I wondered what my list of words would be ... So I got a pen and jotted down some ideas. The list grew long, longer, longest. I've restricted myself to ten here on the blog. This was difficult because it meant culling out words that are juicy like 'slatternly' and words that are just fun to say like 'taradiddle' and words that you paid to learn at the big school like 'tautology' even words that are just simple like 'blue'. I left out some of my favourite British words like 'gob smacked'. Of course I left out my favourite cuss word ' @#$%^\ ' because, after all that's everyone's favourite cuss word. Though that was hard. But none the less after I began working in earnest, I found myself focussing less on the words that hit me today. More on the words that I like to hear, like to feel.
And suddenly I was feeling better. So my list of ten words:
So, I'm a wee bit curious. Do you have favourite words? Crunchy words, Yummy words, or Sweater words (they keep you warm in the cold)?