My Favorite Words

As a writer, I deal with words all day long, every single day. I love words. I love the way words look and the way they taste. Some words have more appeal than others. I thought I would compile a small list of words I really love at the moment! Following are ten words I love, in no particular order of preference. I may revisit this topic in the future!

1. Surreptitious. This word means in stealth or in secret. I tend to write about my characters sneaking surreptitious glances, for example. I love this word, from the way it looks to the way it sounds. I think it’s the S and R–two of my very favorite letters.

2. Sibilant. This word basically means anything pronounced with a hiss. Again, it involves an S! I don’t write characters who speak in this manner very often. I can only remember one, and he was a gargoyle with a reptilian appearance. I’d love to use sibilant more often in the future!

3. Insidious. Thanks to the movie, this word isn’t quite as beloved as it used to be but I can’t help it. I still rather like the word. Insidious means harmful, but as a slow process.

4. Apricity. It’s the word for the warmth of the sun on a wintry day. I think it’s a pretty word both to look at and to say. Plus the concept behind it is very beautiful.

5. Fanfaronade. Okay, so it’s just another word for boasting with nothing to back it up. But it’s such a festive and interesting word to look at. And I just LOVE the way it sounds rolling off the tongue.

6. Whisper. To speak softly. I tend to like those moments in a film or television show where the characters speak softly to one another. Saying whisper brings to mind that tone of voice with only a word.

7. Melancholic. This word means sad but thoughtful. I really love sad things. Sad songs, sad tales, sad characters. Melancholic isn’t pretty to me, but I still like the way it looks, with the mixture of tall and low letters.

8. Silvery. This word can mean both silvery as in resembling silver or a sound that rings much like a bell. Both meanings of the word are beautiful to me.

9. Lyrical. Musical, poetic. Lyrical is the prettiest word for an expression of emotion. I like the word lyric, too but lyrical is more powerful somehow.

10. Yesterday. The day before today. It has a nostalgic feeling but the word is much more appealing than nostalgic.

Rachel Aseltine

R.A. Aseltine is an author and roleplayer living in California with her husband, guinea pig, and five cats.

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