5 More of My Favorite Words (6–10)


Back in ear­ly June I shared five of my favorite words.  But I love way more than five, so I decid­ed that I’m going to go on shar­ing up to twen­ty, which still isn’t enough.  It’s time to share some more, so here are 6–10.  Feel free to throw some of your favorite words into the com­ment box below.

Harry Potter

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I have Har­ry Pot­ter to thank for this word.  I use it fre­quent­ly and almost nev­er it in its prop­er con­text.  I like the way this word sounds with its sim­i­lar, repet­i­tive, play­ful sounds.

6.  flib­ber­ti­gib­bet — irre­spon­si­ble, sil­ly, gos­sipy per­son.

This word makes my mouth water.  It makes me think of rich beef sauteed with gar­lic, onions and pep­pers in a light molasses glaze.  Mmmm.

7.  savory — Piquant, pun­gent, or salty to the taste; not sweet.

I often read this word in the Qur’an.  It gives me a sense of hope and fear.  I’ve heard it pro­nounced with a long and a short “i”.  I pre­fer the way it sounds with a short “i”.

8.  respite — A usu­al­ly short inter­val of rest or relief.

I’ve had plen­ty of these.  I use this word when a hard day at work seems like it just can’t get any more ridicu­lous­ly dif­fi­cult, but does any­way.  I think the young peo­ple char­ac­ter­ize it this way, “Epic Fail!!!”

9.  deba­cle — A sud­den and igno­min­ious fail­ure; a fias­co.

This word makes me feel warm and full.  I imag­ine rich food like salmon baked in jerk sauce, good dark choco­late, warm velour, wool socks, whipped yogurt, fur and feath­ers.

10.  lush — lux­u­ri­ant, rank, suc­cu­lent, rich, exu­ber­ant, juicy