More seriously, I am not so much enamored wit any particular words, and more a massive fan of thoughtful synonyms.
Frequently, numerous words might technically fit, sometimes so close in meaning as to be indistinguishable, technicall; yet each with it's own flavor, connotations, and history.
It's the most eficient form of "prose" IMO not excess paragraphs of flowery nonsense, or superfluous adjectives overfilling sentences.
Simply the right word in the right place.
When I went through some of the classics I ended up making a list pages long of strange words. I'll post a few:
Largesse, chary, lanuginous, energumen, demonomaniac, stylite, charivari, cacotopia, hieratic, Shrovetide, peradventure, scaramouch, inamorata, ablution, heterodox, squamous, Pollyanna, pleroma, three-hanky, agonic, jejune, hapax, pullulation, elogium, avuncular, uxorious, imbrication, harridan, arrant, Panglossian, glabrous, thurible, mendicant, paternoster, cataplasm, muricate, adumbration, philter, moxibustion, insouciance, bravura, ludibrious, sophrosyne... (I can do this all day)
Ralen Wrote:Slander and malignity! I won't stand for it.Ziggy Wrote: Pulchritudinous.I honestly hate that word. It just looks and sounds like such an ugly word. You'd expect it to mean the opposite of what it actually means.
No, I don't know why. Maybe it just appeals to the "word snob" in me.