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Words You Love (A Journaling Excercise) by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 2:34 am
Filed under: Journaling

Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.

Just as there are some words we actively dislike (I despise the word squat for no logical reason), there are some words that just tickle our fancy. Sometimes it has to do with their actual meaning, but it is usually more than that. It may be the way they are spelled, the way they look, the breath and sound it takes to say them, or the funny way you have to purse your lips to make them come out right. Some words are just magic in and of themselves, apart from how they are used in our everyday language.


Riff on the words you love. Just list the words for starters. Give yourself at least 5 minutes to write down all the words that come to mind that make you smile. After your time is up, think about why these words are so great. There may be no clear reason, but write down anything that comes to mind. Remember, writing becomes inherently easier when we honor our language.

A Few From My List:

Ephemera — I’ve always defined ephemera as the everyday detritus of life that has no value apart from the story it tells. So the definition of the word itself is magic for me. But the sound of the word also lends itself to flights of fancy…it reminds me something about to sprout gossamer wings and sail away.

Squeak — I love onomatopoeic words…words that define a sound by spelling it as phonetically as possible (buzz is another good one). Squeak encompasses so many sounds…a giggling child, a rusty gate, or a fresh cheese curd. It’s my favorite “sounds like” word

Hoobstank — I know this isn’t a real word, just a band name. And I have never actually heard the band. But I love their name…it appeals to my inner 12 year old and I giggle every time I see it somewhere.

Akimbo — Although the word refers to the position of ones hands on one’s hips, it sounds like something a lot more active and fun to me. Like an exotic piece of clothing or a funky new dance. Can’t you see Snoop Dogg breaking out in to the akimbo in his latest video? I love words that seem to imply more than what they really are.

Transmogrify – Although this word entered the common vernacular when Dan Brown used it in “The Da Vinci Code”, I can’t see this word without picturing Calvin and Hobbes in their cardboard box getting ready to set off on a new imaginary adventure!

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