Thursday, October 26, 2006
When my husband and I started dating, one of the first things I learned about him was that he loved board games. This did not thrill me, as I have never, ever won at Monopoly, backgammon, or even Candyland. Of course, he beat me at any and all games that involved strategy, money, and world takeovers. One thing saved the relationship: I could chew him up and spit him out at Scrabble.
I have always loved words. I bet I was the only kid in all 12 years of primary and secondary school who adored vocab. My favorite words – discombobulated, loquacious, and pithy – come from those lists. I don’t think I’ve ever used any of them in my writing or even in conversation (and certainly never in the same sentence), but if I ever do, the feat will give me great pleasure.
"Discombobulated, Eleanor stumbled into the senator, whose loquacious demeanor belied the pithy speech he had just given."
Okay, it’s not Faulkner, I know. But it was fun trying.
What are your favorite words?