Thanks to all who contributed to “Words We Hate” (see my previous post). Back on this language sensitivity issue, though, I’ve been feeling a bit like an uptight English teacher who’s picking on the bad kids without acknowledging the good ones.
So in that spirit, I’d like to share with you “Words I Love” and I’d like you to share your darlings, too.
I love words that have double oos:
oomph (even though it’s an onomatopoeia and I hate the word onomatopoeia)
I love French menu sounding words, and try to work them into my writing whenever I can get away with it, without sounding pretentious (which is a challenge):
I love almost all words that begin with a Z:
I don’t know why I like these words–maybe one of our resident linguists can tell us why.
So let’s hear it: What words make your heart beat faster?