My Favorite Words

Posted July 9, 2015 by Elizabeth in discussion, Features/ 10 Comments

KissinBlueKaren has a new weekly meme Beyond the Books. Here is her description:

beyond the booksI will throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other. I will be posting on the new topic every Thursday at midnight EST. My weekly post will kick it off. I will list upcoming topics so you can schedule your blog posts ahead, but please don’t post before Thursday 12am EST, (and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky so everyone who plays along can see it, too).

This week Karen asks What are your favorite words?

On Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton always asks his guests for their favorite curse word.  so I will also include mine. Growing up, my parents were not big on cursing, but my Irish Catholic dad had two he threw around quite often, and both my sister and I use them all the time now. ISo as not to take the name of the Lord in vain, I’ll give you their initials: JC, and GD. As in, “GD, Kathleen! It’s time to go,” or “JC, Elizabeth! Hold up your end of the couch we’re carrying!” We both joke now that we thought those were our names.

extravaganza  (ex-tra-va-gaaaan-za)  Doesn’t it just roll off your tongue? I love to use this word if I am planning a party or gathering with some type of an activity.

onomatopoeia  (ono-moto-peeee-a) As a teacher, of course, I love saying this word!azerbaijan

I taught world geography for many years, and the best way to help students with pronunciation and memorization is to make it fun. These are two fun places to say by stretching the word out.

Tegucigalpa, Nicaragua (tay-goo-see-gal-pa)  Say it once or twice slowly, then try saying it really fast. It’s fun!

Azerbaijan (ah-zer-bi-jan) This is a small country on the Caspian Sea bordered by Russia, Georgia, and Iran.

I could think of many more place names that are fun to say, but you don’t need a lesson in pronouncing foreign locations. Jump on over to KissinBlue Karen to see what other folks enjoy saying. Maybe you’ll learn a new curse word. This post is also linked to the 2015 Discussion Challenge at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight.



10 responses to “My Favorite Words

    • Shenanigans is a really good one. I also enjoy doo-dad as in “She wore a doo-dad in her ponytail.” Or “There was a sparkly doo-dad on the front of the package.”

  1. I love onomatopoeia as well, but guess it isn’t something I use in my everyday language. I have certain favourite unusual words I use in my writing all of the time but I can’t think of them off the top of my head. I’m sure people who read my blogs would probably recognise them though!

  2. Oh I love extravaganza. I love how it incorporates those less frequently used letters X, Z, & V. I also love onomatopoeia, using those are just good fun!

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