“That’s a fun word, isn’t it?”

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This week, while driving three 15 year olds to school, I overheard my daughter say, after she had defined the word quintessence for her friend, “That’s a fun word, isn’t it?”  My son said, “You know what I think is a fun word? Schadenfreude.” I smiled. Like my kids, I too think many words are flat out fun: fun to say, fun to know, fun to use. The car chat got me thinking about my favorite words… here are ten I love.

Mellifluous

Vestigal

Elision

Halcyon

Panoply

Susurrus

Redolent

Libidinous

Replete

Aubergine

How about you? Are there words you adore?

Dabney Grinnan







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6 Responses to ““That’s a fun word, isn’t it?””

  1. Tee says:

    Without spending a lot of time on it (which I don’t have just now), there are a couple of words that I always thought sounded fun and happy when I heard or said them. I’m sure there are more, but here are two:

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
    Mr Snuffleupagus

  2. Blythe says:

    I take any opportunity to say cahoots. Or in cahoots, really. I also like shenanigans.

  3. Syd says:

    The word heinous always makes me smile. Especially when it’s spoken in a singsong voice.

  4. Lynn M says:

    Ooh, fun. I have a few:

    Redundant
    Aluminum (especially when said with a British accent)
    Superfluous
    Brouhaha
    Shenanigans
    Hooligan

  5. Victoria S says:

    Lynn, yes!! Brouhaha is a great word, and I’ve even managed to work that one into conversations :-) Doesn’t the word superflous feel great coming out of the mouth??!! I like the way redundant echoes in your chest and head when its said.
    I also like:
    golly–just a a fun word to say
    nuts!–for me it’s the perfect word for exaperation