Good Words

Despite Emily’s characterization of me as math, science, technology person (Ha ha ha!) I actually grew up preferring courses related to language arts. I tend to live in my head (for better and for worse) and I like imagination and self-expression. Like Emily, I really like words. I even have a habit of interrupting friends by declaring “Ooh, good word!” when they use a term that tickles my ears. It might be the use of a word I haven’t heard in a long while, a term that expresses an idea more perfectly than the term I was expecting to hear, or a word that actually conveys meaning through the way it actually sounds. Other times it’s simply the use of word in combination with the person that is saying it.

Here are a few words that I enjoy hearing.

  • svengali
  • zenith
  • umpteen
  • nimble
  • cantankerous
  • phalanges
  • immersion
  • onomatopoeia
  • requiem
  • morose
  • utopia
  • symbiosis
  • squishy
  • dad
  • What are some of your favorite words?

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    Clif Mims

    Clif Mims is a Christian, husband, father, teacher, cancer warrior, and fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.

    9 thoughts on “Good Words”

    1. oh man, hard to come up with a bunch on the fly; lets see.

      epitaph, cacophony, saunter, truncate, enigma, and jalapeno!

    2. I may be a science teacher but I’m a linguist at heart. Some of my favs include: spelunker, cattywampus, antidisestablishmentarianism, and two physiology terms: medulla oblongata and zona pelucida. Thanks for this post – it’s good to know I’m not the only one!!

    3. I may be a science teacher, but I’m a linguist at heart! Some of my favs – spelunker, antidisestablishmentarianism, cattywampus, and two physiology terms: medulla oblongata and zona pelucida. Thanks for this post – good to know I’m not the only one!!!

    4. Oxymoron, absolutely, however, hackneyed, and “botch.” The last one becuase my son says “botch” because he has trouble saying “bugs!”

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