To all the words I’ve loved before

Linguist David Crystal says he has no favourite words – they are all fascinating in their own right. I’m sure he’s right. Nevertheless, there are some words I find especially appealing. It could be the sound, the meaning or some psycho-sexual trauma from childhood. Who knows? I’m sure I’ve left some out, but here is my list:

ad hominem

blurb

chutzpah

circumlocution

conundrum

counterintuitive

crapulence

cynical

defenestrate

deleterious

deus ex machina

discombobulate

disgust

doppelganger

dyspathy

egregious

epicure

epistemology

equivocate

eschatology

feckless

flibbertigibbet

frisson

frolic

gauche

hagiography

halcyon

heuristics

hubris

imbroglio

insouciance

jejune

jeremiad

kerfuffle

libertarian

louche

lucubration

lugubrious

mellifluous

misanthrope

NIMBY

odious

omnishambles

paradigm

pejorist

procrustean

sanculottic

scatology

sceptic

schadenfreude

schmooze

sesquipedalian

shibboleth

sui generis

supercilious

unctuous

zeitgeist

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2 Responses to To all the words I’ve loved before

  1. Jerry says:

    You have Schadenfreude but not Weltschmerz? Harrumph.

  2. Alberto says:

    For Spanish readers, my favourite words are “tonadillera” (singer) and “trencilla” (referee).

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