Favourite words

Erinaceous, crepuscular, stroppy, frangipani.  These are some of the favourite words collected at this year’s Hay Literary Festival.  You can still add your favourite to celebrate International Literacy Day, September 8th, at the Education Action International website.  Folk paid a pound to contribute a word at Hay – you can do it for free on the website and read the favourite words of various authors.   The charity seeks to rebuild lives through education in areas affected by war. 

What interests me is that some people choose the word for the sound and some for the meaning.  The authors’ corner reveals some of the reasons.  I like sprocket purely for the sound.  What’s your favourite?

4 Responses to “Favourite words”


  1. 1 rosemary September 8, 2007 at 9:19 am

    I spent some time trying to think about favourite words. I must have some – er I suppose. I spent some time trying to remember what they might be, and remembering reading aloud and thinking what a pleasure that word was, but they were like dreams – I remembered having them, but not what they were. Gold is a good word.

    But it takes a phrase to make a word a really bad word. Vet’s bill, for instance.

  2. 2 alisonwriting September 8, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Hmm yes. Even ‘gold’. Take Midas for example. I can still taste the bitterness of those gold plates I read about as a child!

  3. 3 chris September 8, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Scunner. And klaxon. And dreich. For starters!

  4. 4 rosemary September 11, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Midas – now there is a good phrase: ‘King Midas has asses ears’ as the reeds still whisper.


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