I’m a fan of words…good ones that is. Sometimes I will see a word written or hear a word spoken, and I’ll make a point of memorising it so that I can casually drop it into conversations (I’m cool like that). It might be the way it sounds, the way it looks, or the imagery it evokes. Then, there are those words that make me shudder. Literally shudder with contempt, and wonder that anyone uses them at all.
Here is just a very small collection of the few words that I think could do with a bit more exposure, and those that, were they to crawl into a cave and die, would undoubtedly be doing the world a favour and likely improve the chances of world peace.
Discombobulate – I wish I could use this word more often. It just sounds, well, cool!
Magnanimous – This one makes me think of minions talking to their master. And I do like minions.
Alohamora – I wave a wand in my head every time I say this aloud.
Skullduggery – Arrrrrrgh matey!
Racecar – ‘Cause everybody loves a good palindrome.
Gypsy – What’s this? No vowels!
Wednesday – Because I like how I sound it out in my head every time I write it.
The bad and the ugly
Chagrin – Twilight anyone? This word, sounds ugly, looks ugly…and what the hell does it mean?!
Moist – Last year it was concurred amongst friends (and some random people at the pub) that this is one of the ugliest sounding words, ever.
Grimace – Makes you want to do it as you say it.
Colonel – I sound somewhat challenged every time I stumble over this word when reading aloud. I want to sound it out as it’s spelt…which apparently is not allowed.
Phlegm – Look at it!
Vacuum – Who’s idea was this, really?
Bookkeeper – Double letter overload.
I’m sure I’m not the only one having a love/hate relationship with the English language. Are there any words that make you want to thank a supreme deity and sacrifice a virgin goat for the gift of language? Or those that similarly make you want to jump off a cliff so that your ears never have to bleed at the sound of them again?