I had the opportunity to use my favourite word this morning, and then I thought: favourite words are a thing, right? they’re totally a thing! people have favourite words! RIGHT?!
A brief enquiry on Twitter incidated that yes, other people also have favourite words. “Defenestration” is remarkably popular. I had an “acquiesce” (“Love that triphthong.”) and a “semester” (Swedish for ‘vacation’) and an ‘obstensibly’, which I can also really get behind, because what a great word to say. It’s delicious!
My own favourite word is antepenultimate, which I love not only because I think it’s fun to say but because I’m simply delighted that there’s a word that means “third to last.” I just think that’s lovely.
Do you have a favourite word? If so, what is it, and why do you love it?