A post that is not a book review,for a change ..
I love most words.Period.Long ones.Short ones.Esoteric ones.Difficult ones.Funny ones.Serious ones.The works.But,not all words ellicit the same amount of passion in me. I hate some- but not with enough gusto.I love some -again with not the same amount of passion.
For some insane reason i like the word Cuckoo..i think it’s a fun word!!..Some more words i consider fun.. Jamboree ! and Juggernaut..Maybe i have a “J” fixation !!..Also, i love words that invoke a sense of “sound”.. like “Thud” and “Bang” and “Lub-dub” and “Rumble” and “Tumble” and “Splash”.. Ok,Lub-dub might technically not be called a word.. I love foreign sounding words .. Like “Rendezvous” and “Razzmatazz”..They conjure up images of strange lands and people.
I discovered today that i don’t like the word “licorice”..The hatred isn’t too strong or anything..Just a mild hatred.No offense to the word,though.I also have a mild hatred towards the word “Avuncular”..don’t know why !! ..There are some words that are so uninspiring.. Maybe more than the word “uninspiring”..Like “Baking” and “word” and “Best” and “Good”.I think “Bravo” is a more inspiring word than “Good”.
I read somewhere that “MOIST” is one of the most hated words..There is even a FB group proclaiming this.. Well,Moist doesn’t evoke hatred in me.. it just evokes an uncomfortable feeling .. Like,the way you feel,when on a routine visit to your dentist,you realize that your wisdom tooth has to be pulled out !!.. Uncomfortable,but not fearful..”Screech” grates on my nerves like a chalk piece/fingetnails dragged against a blackboard..
So,i am reading JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and i bump into this word .. JITTERBUG.. and for some reason ,my tongue insists on rolling this word around and around and i catch myself grinning.I felt like a kid in a toystore or chocolate shop..Whatever works for the kid !…Jitterbugging,i learnt later is a dance form that was popular in 1940’s.A dance form that involved lot of action and moving around..the kind of word i would like,anyways..
What’s your favourite word? Do you feel strongly about any words? or is it just me???
On a differnt note,Hope Salinger and Erich Segal’s souls rest in peace.2 great authors.My only qualm,why didnt Salinger publish more ??.. more about that in my next post !