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September 30th, 2003 at 6:39 pm


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My favourite words change all the time depending on moods and seasons and whatever else there is that helps to shape the way I experience the world around me – and probably what I happen to be reading at the time.
Today my three favourite words are:
While I admit the first two can have some negative connotations, I like the way they can all stretch out and shape time. They can cross from the past to the present to the future. They can inhabit a liminal space which is full of possibilities. Maybe that’s what I’m really interested in at the moment – the idea of possibilities.

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4 Responses to “possibilities”

  1. Kathy Says:

    My all-time favourite words are onomatopoeias:
    1. sinuous
    2. growl
    3. hiccough (and if you don’t think this one is an onomatopoeia, just try listening to a 7-week-old baby hiccough!)
    Additionally I have a sneaking and completely inexplicable fondness for the word ‘bayou’, which I adored well before I knew what it actually was.

  2. missmarita Says:

    I made a mistake trying to put favourite words down in print. I feel like I’m being terribly neglectful. I want to add a whole list more but I’ll restrict it to two today: *willowy* is a beautiful word and, for completely different reasons, I also really like comrade.

  3. Missjenjen Says:

    My two favourite written words at the moment are ‘eschew’ and ‘epiphany’. But one of my favourite spoken words is ‘cacophany’.

  4. Daniel Says:

    For reasons I haven’t fully explored, I like
    – ectoplasm (or spasm, or any of the asm words… uhh, are there any others? Sadly I rarely get to use them)
    – pontificate

    Ummm. I can’t think of others right now. Brain no work. Overload. But part of the beauty of the English language is the variety of it. And within one’s vocabulary there may very well be a word to describe just about anything. So it’s fun when expressing yourself to dig out from the darkest depths, words that rarely get an airing.

    As for resonance, it’s something I like not only as a word, but as a concept. I’m forever trying to get the bathroom to resonate to my voice while I’m in the shower.