- It has to accurately capture a thought in my head
- It has to sound like the thing it means to me
- It has to feel good in my mouth
|A young Aidee Ladnier without a care in the world.|
My next standard a favorite word must meet is that it sound like the the thing it means to me. Of course all onomatopoetic words fit this bill. Some of my favorite words are imitations of actual sounds around me--like "zoom" or "cuckoo" or "boom!" But I also like words that don't necessarily seem at first glance to sound like what they represent--like Love. Saying the word "love" starts out with opening your mouth and ends with your lips and teeth meeting. This sounds to me like the word version of a hug: you open your arms and then close them around the person you love.
And this leads to the last thing a favorite word should do--it should feel good in my mouth. Just as I write words on paper or keyboard, words are also an essential spoken form of communication. I want a favorite word that I speak to be lively and pop out of my mouth excited--like the word "apple pie". There's something fun in the repetition of the "p" and the strange "le" construction or maybe in the sighing finish of the "ie." I love saying "apple pie" just as much as I love eating it.
So tell me, do you have a favorite word?
Do you like the meaning or just the way it feels in your mouth?
Does it hold a special memory or remind you of something from your past?
AIDEE LADNIER is a short story writer who loves quirky characters. You can visit her website at http://www.aideeladnier.com or meet her at some of her favorite social media sites: Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest | Facebook