Words That I Love

As I find myself in the midst of a complete and utter love affair with the English language, I find it appropriate to perpetuate a few certain words with which I am absolutely enamored.

  • precipice (n) – the brink of a dangerous situation. I am drawn to this word’s pronunciation, the fricative “s” and the plosive “p” produce such fascinating sounds.
  • essay (v) – to try; attempt. This word is so wonderfully powerful when spoken; to me, it communicates a true desire to attempt.
  • denigrate (v) – to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame. Again, I find this word to be extremely powerful.
  • juxtaposition (n) – an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. Put simply, this word sounds so complicated but is frankly quite simple.
  • nascent (adj) – beginning to exist or develop. The “sh” sound in this word fascinates me.
  • verity (n) – something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement. I associate this word with personal morals and beliefs, additionally, it sounds so elegant when used to describe one’s convictions.
  • aplomb (n) – equanimity, self-confidence, or self-possession. It is a shame that this word is used so infrequently; the elegance that dwells within its pronunciation mirrors the meaning of the word.

I’ve been keeping a list on my iPhone recently of wonderful words that I encounter in everyday speech. I have essayed to incorporate these magnificent gems into my everyday life in an effort to expand my vocabulary and grow my eloquence.

By the way, am I the only one who is confused that no synonyms for “word” exist? One would think that such a simple concept would have several different names but, alas, the closest synonym is “unit of language”.

What is your mot du jour?

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