There is much hubbub made about people's LEAST favorite words. A recent survey I read said that the most hated word in America is "moist." A survey of
But, I wonder- what about favorite words? For all the love of words and their correct usage, I don't feel like we talk about this topic enough. Sure, there's a whole website: MyFavoriteWord.com, but so many of the words on there are simply not practical. Seriously, when was the last time you needed to use the word "vexillology?" (the academic study of flags- which, by the way, sounds incredibly dull)
I am a lover of words. I particularly love that words have very specific, and sometimes nuanced, meanings.
For instance, people often use the word "supposedly" when they really mean "ostensibly." Yes, supposedly is a real word, and they're pronouncing it correctly (unless they are saying "supposably," in which case it's still a real word, but they're using it incorrectly). However, they mean to say something a little more specific that what "supposedly" can convey.
"Supposedly" is not wrong, per se, but there's a word out there that is a better fit.
Thus, I love the word "ostensibly." It is often the best word to accurately convey what I'm trying to say.
I also love the word "vernacular." It's not used very often, but I don't know why. Especially as writers, you would think this term would be bandied about a lot. It encompasses slang, colloquialisms, idioms and jargon into one all-inclusive term regarding everyday language. This one word means something very specific regarding a whole slew of words that we use together on a regular basis.
So, what about it?
What are some of your favorite words? Especially ones that don't get used often!