Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Five Tuesday: Favorite Words

Coming off a crazy busy, crazy tiring weekend, so let's keep things short today, shall we?

The Premise

I had a friend in high school who was, dare I say, obsessed with David Letterman's "Top Ten" lists. So much so that he would share his own top ten lists over lunch periods. The subject matter of those lists is not retained in my long-term memory, no matter how good it is. However, I'm sure I could ask him since I still know how to contact him. Thank you, Blogger and Facebook. One day, as I was reading through the blogs that I follow, I saw that many of them have theme days. That's when I thought I would try my hand at my own theme day, and "Top Five Tuesday" was born. The only disclaimer is that these lists represent my own opinions and are subject to change whenever the hell I feel like it. Also, these lists are not in ranking order, unless specifically said.

Top Five Favorite Words

1. Dilettante : An admirer or lover of the arts; a person having a superficial interest in an art or a branch of knowledge.
2. Diffident : Hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence.
3. Defenestration : A throwing of a person or thing out of a window.
4. Halcyon : Care-free.
5. Quiescent : Peaceful.

Then there are the curse words. :o)

What about you? Any favorite (or favourite) words amongst the many?

Word to the Nerd


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Plethora is a favorite. So is disestablishmentarianism.

Pickleope said...

Bifurcated, Termagant, Deleterious, Quotidian, and Maudlin are some of my favorites. I'm with Alex, "plethora" is just so much fun to say.

Matthew MacNish said...

Probably too many too name. But of your examples, I do love me some quiescence.

JennaQuentin said...

I think you have done my hubby a favor - now he can use diffident as an adjective for me. Just before he uses defenestration (which has the French word fenêtre as a root) on me.
I like quintessential. I like Mama too.

Eva said...

Lacidaisical has always been a favorite of mine. The other day, a friend and I were discussing how "ostentatious" is an ostentatious word. I really love these $5 words though. Fun to use in jest especially.

Anna Smith said...

There is a word for being thrown out of a window? I love the word Anthropology, the way it sounds and what it means. It's awesome :)

Samantha said...

I like number 3 :)

I'm not sure if I have a favorite word? I've never really thought about it...of course I'm sure that if Bree was asked what my favorite words were. She would say:

1- No!
2- Stop!
3- Bree!
4- Flush!!!
5- Shhhhhhh!!!!!

NumberWhisperer said...

Hands down, my favorite word is "car". Say it in your head. Car.

Something about that hard c followed by the r is the scratch to that itch in my brain.

Crazy, I know.

Paige Kellerman said...

I hear you on the weekend thing. I feel like I've been run over by a semi. That said, thank you for giving me a word that describes what I want to do to our dog today... Defenestration

Hope Roberson said...

I'm trying to use defenestration in a sentence... banana peel... not enough coffee yet :)

Morgan said...

How fun is this? Hmmm... I hate the word "interjected" and "uttered" as tags in writing. I have a couple of friends who hate the word "Moist" which makes me laugh. I do love the word "obnoxious" funny enough. Love the way it rolls off the tongue... ;)

fishducky said...

I love "quincunx" which sounds dirty, but isn't. It's the way the dots are set up on the number 5on a die. Hard to use in a sentence, though.
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fishducky said...

My quincunx didn't come up right in the comment, but you know what I mean.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I love the word vigilante. I like the sound of it, and I love the meaning behind it.

Joshua said...

Alex - That second one just has a plethora of letters.

Pickleope - Excellent choices!

Matthew - I could use some today. And an abundance thereof.

Jenna - I hope he doesn't defenestrate you!

Eva - Oh yes, I love that one. Funny, I've always though of "ostentatious" as more of a pretentious word. ;o)

Anna - As long as it's not the store.

Samantha - I knew people would like that one, especially when they learned its meaning.

NumberWhisperer - Itching the brain? Love that thought.

Paige - Good luck!

Hope - Hopefully you'll figure one out as the day progresses.

Morgan - I love the word moist, especially when it makes people squirm.

fishducky - Never heard that before. Very interesting. And I do know what you mean.

S.L. - Good choice, and excellent connotation.

Annika said...

Well. English is not my native language, so I'm not even going to try out for any strange words :)..

I'll just say this, and it sounds really lame okay. But to me, hearing the voice of that special someone ~ he could say just whatever he'd like and THAT'S my favourite words.

It's as simple as that, to me anyway.

Christine Rains said...

Oooh, words. How about "juxtaposition."

Jamie Gibbs said...

Cornucopia and subterfuge are ones I slip into conversation often :)

Kingmush said...

Never really thought of my favorite words.

Joshua said...

Annika - I'd love to hear some of those words.

Christine - Good one! Yes.

Jamie - Subterfuge is a great choice.

Kingmush - You should! I also use "Dude" a lot.

Emily White said...


I can't say it, but I love it. Especially for what it means. ;)

Leslie Pugh said...

very cool words. I love all of them! I don't know if I have favs right now but when I was a kid I just loved the sound of "mediocre" and thought it was an awesome word and meant something akin to awesome. Then I found out it's meaning and felt pretty disappointed.

DEZMOND said...

I think I know too many dilettantes!

Ciara said...

I'm laughing SO hard right now. I happened to catch Alex's comment because it was first. My son's favorite word is disestablishmentarianism. I mean he LOVES that word. He also plays the guitar in a band. I think they would get along great. We'll accept my son is only fourteen and thinks he knows everything.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

I have always loved the sound of "defenestration!" Such a cool word!

The Golden Eagle said...

Effervescent is one of my top favorites; and I'm rather fond of saying deoxyribonucleic.

Juli said...

Hangry. The state of being so hungry you're angry.

And then of course, there's asshat. which is just fun to say.

Eva said...

Lugubrious. I had to look up what it meant, but I just love the way it sounds.

Mina Lobo said...

^LOL, "Hangry." :-)

I dig "maladroit" (because I am), "sinister" (because I wish I were), and "collywobbles" (because how could you not?).
Some Dark Romantic

Nadja Notariani said...

Always a sucker for all those gutteral German words. (So, gutteral is a favorite word...lol And 'fotch-face' - meaning cranky...which may not even be a real word. My family says it, though. Ha!)

Und der Mond scheint hell auf mein Haus am See.
Orangenbaumblätter liegen auf dem Weg.
Ich hab 20 Kinder meine Frau ist schön.
Alle kommen vorbei ich brauch nie rauszugehen.

(Peter Fox)

Padded Cell Princess said...

I love the word "bucolic" which means "rustic, pastoral, country-styled" or also "pertaining to herdsmen or peasants". I don't consider a scene truly bucolic unless it contains a cow though ;)

Cassie Mae said...

I really thought Douche would've made the list.

Fork is one of my favorite words.

Jaleh D said...

I have lots of favorite words, but one that pops to mind first is quirk. Just quirky that way I guess. ;D I also like eclectic, cause it describes my taste in music.

They used the word defenestration on Phineas and Ferb in the game show episode.

Rachel Morgan said...

Hmm. This is tough. I think there are too many English words for me to choose favourites!

Right now I can only think of my two fave Afrikaans words: pantoffel (slipper) and snoesig (cuddly). I've always thought those words are so cute!


Kato said...

Those are all very pretty words. I tend to love the ones I use the most:



Favourites! :P

Joshua said...

Emily - That word gives me anxiety.

Leslie - Mediocre. Good one.

DEZZ - Me, too.

Ciara - It's an interesting word, for sure.

Jaycee - Yes indeed!

Golden Eagle - Both are excellent choices.

Juli - I get hangry a lot.

Eva - :o(

Mina - OH! Great ones!

Nadja - Interesting clip.

Princess - Oh yes, a good one.

Cassie - It should have, but there were already a lot of D's in the mix.

Jaleh - They used on P&F? Cool.

Rachel - They are cute.

Kato - Definitely on the list, but I kept them out on purpose.

Deniz Bevan said...

I've got two, one in Welsh, hiraeth, and one in Portuguese, saudade, that both mean the same thing.

And wariangle, of course :-)

Joshua said...

Deniz - I like how those first two are feelings rather than definable.