My obsession with words

POWer of words aI love words.   I roll them around in my mouth and taste each.    When I hear a new word, it tickles my ears and delights me.   Words carry history with them and emotion.   They are not formed only of letters but of  feelings and experience and much more.

My obsession began when I was in eighth grade.  In English class, the dictionary 2teacher would leave a dictionary on the desk in front of each row so we could look up a word and check spelling while we wrote a theme.   I usually finished my theme early and would spend those extra minutes in that front desk, reading the dictionary, learning new words, savoring them.

No wonder I majored in English and Spanish in college:  new words in two languages.    I loved the study of language, the history of words.  I could go on forever talking about root word, about how, in Spanish, words that began in F centuries ago changed to the letter H.  Consider yourselves lucky that I’m not going to discuss the verb satisfacer and how it’s conjugated.

My favorite word is from Spanish:  carcajada which means a deep belly laugh.    It sounds like what it means and has such beautiful rhythm.

words I loveI understand not all people love words as I do.  When I got excited about a word in Spanish and attempted to explain its origen or uses or something equally fascinating to my classes,  students looked at me as if I were absolutely nuts.   And, yes, I may be.

Do you have a word you like?  Perhaps because of meaning or sound?  Please share that.  I’d love to know and I won’t feel so alone.





6 thoughts on “My obsession with words

  1. Only one word? German for cozy, comfortable – gemutlichkeit – gay-mute-le-kite.
    English – religate – Spanish – disafortunado ( I like the rhythm) and more. I didn’t read the dictionary, but I have always enjoyed looking them up and like reading English authors because their vocabulary is so excellent. thanks for another interesting blog.

    1. I’d never limit you to just one word, Kathy! Thanks for sharing. like aluminum in English. Just flows. Don’t think I can get my tongue around German. I’ve scored high on vocabulary tests because I do read! Easy to pick up words when reading–and enjoyable. I also know my SPanish background helped with roots.

  2. Words are mankind’s best invention. The wheel pales by comparison. A favorite? Like Kathy above, I can’t pick one. I devoted a whole blog recently to serendipity. Love the way it sounds and its meaning.

    1. I, too, like the word serendipity. I would imagine we are biased in our love for words because we use them in our books! Thanks for stopping by.

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