What Are Your Favorite Words?

From now until November 1, in preparation for NaNoWriMo, I will be in full research mode for my NaNoWriMo novel. (Here’s my NaNoWriMo profile – if you’re participating, let’s be Writing Buddies!)

My research? Words! Lots and lots of glorious, gorgeous words, with perhaps a handful of more desolate words for variety.

I will be in full word-collection mode over the next five weeks.

What types of words am I collecting?

Mainly modifiers: adjectives and adverbs. Verbs and interjections, too. I’m not as interested in nouns, unless they’re abstract nouns.

I’m not looking for unusual words, either, although unusual is fine, too. Mainly, I’m building a random list, filled with a variety of words suggested by lots of different people.

So, what are your favorite words? Words that you always stop to admire whenever you see them, whether in a book, on a billboard, in a magazine. Words that make you smile, or laugh, or perhaps even sniff back a small tear.

I’d love to know, if you’d like to share! Please let me know in a comment, or send me an email. Don’t hesitate to tell your friends, too – the more words I collect, the better!

33 thoughts on “What Are Your Favorite Words?

  1. Cathryn

    deciduous, liquid, creamy, chocolate (as in chocolate colored), wobbled, mercurial are a few.

    Have fun with NaNoWriMo, I know several writers who have had a great time, and accomplished a lot with it.

    btw, I tried to comment on your interview with Joy Preble, but can’t get the page to load. What I wanted to say was, very insightful interview questions, and it sounds like an intriguing book.
    .-= Cathryn´s last blog ..So Lucky =-.

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  2. Zombie Girrrl

    Splendiferous, confuzzled, copasetic, nouns as verbs such as, “I’m gonna sandwich and then I’ll sofa,” powerdown (as to nap), grandiose, antideluvian, hinky (as in, “The haunted house was majorly hinky.”), glamor (of the magical variety), nefarious, benign, benevolent, and many others I can’t think of at the moment.
    Words I can’t stand for no apparent reason: palpitate, pustule, slough.
    Happy word hunting for NaNoWriMo!
    .-= Zombie Girrrl´s last blog ..My Take On The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong =-.

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  3. Belle

    Thank you, everyone! These are fabulous, exactly what I’m looking for. Please, if anyone has more, keep them coming. I’m toying with the idea of making this a sticky post, because it’s the randomness that is really useful. I need words that leap out for other people, rather than words that leap out for me.

    Malcolm, you are so funny!

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  4. Memory

    Undulating. It’s especially fun if you actually undulate as you say it. :)

    And I know it’s not really what you’re looking for, but I’m over the moon in love with “ain’t.” I love that it can stand in for so many different contractions.

    (Also, it’s definitely not what you want, but “pickle” rarely fails to make me giggle. It’s such a cute little word).
    .-= Memory´s last blog ..131. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King, plus a giveaway! =-.

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  5. Jules

    Don’t know if I have fav words, and don’t know the parts of speech too well, but will try for a few off the top! Plus, I make words up pretty regularly!

    yellowish
    oozy/oozed etc
    rasping
    spidery
    infiltrate/d
    whirls
    vile
    flesh/ fleshy
    watery
    grievous
    mangle

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  6. Katie

    Such a great post idea. I’m a NaNo-er, too.

    Some of my favorite words: snicker, sodapop (even though we only say “pop” in Chicago), finicky, weathered, and splendid. I’ll have to think on this and come back later though.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..in my mailbox (15). =-.

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  8. WordLily

    As much as I love words, I haven’t ever successfully made lists of them. As I came across your post again, tintinnabulation came to mind, though. That one stays close at hand, and has for more than a decade now. I remember learning it in Poe.

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  9. Audrey

    What a great idea! I hope that you’re getting lots of words that you like.
    I know it’s pretty boring, but one of my favorite words is
    maniacal.
    i just love how it sounds.
    I’ll think any maybe come back with more later.
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Return and About Books =-.

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  10. Todd

    and– that’s one of my favorite words, and I probably overuse it. I especially like it when it flows in a Hemingway sentence.

    and

    d’oh!, the “f” word, misanthrope, craptastic, slobberknocker, johnny-deadline
    .-= Todd´s last blog ..Tongues Are Wagging =-.

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  11. Lisa

    I’ve been collecting words lately, too…just because I love them! My current favs:

    solopsistic
    erudite
    obfuscate
    insouciant
    quotidian

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  12. Cat Woods

    prolific, scooch, bajillion, defunct

    I’ll have to give more thought to this fun endeavor. I have favorite words I love to say, but rarely write because I get a blank stare and a “Huh?” after saying it. I’ll have to start keeping track.

    Good luck with NaNo~ cat
    .-= Cat Woods´s last blog ..Close to Heaven =-.

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