My friend Joslyn has this really great list of words that she likes. I asked her to add the word delightful to hers and she refused because, she's "on the fence about that word," which completely baffled me. How can you not LOVE delightful? It's just so retro. I tried to convince her and so she suggested that I start my own list. ("Get your own," might've been her words.) And because I want to give delightful its proper recognition I agreed. But not without trepidation since:
- Copying someone who's done something brilliantly is a really good way to look like a hack.
- I like lots of words simply for the way they sound even when I can't remember what they mean. This probably means I'm shallow. (Although, I've conveniently rationalized these memory lapses by blaming the people who make up definitions for ascribing some lame meaning which pales to its sound.)
- delightful: This word is under-used in our modern vocabulary. It's the lexicological equivalent of carrying a handkerchief in one's pocket. (Which makes me smile.)
- evidently: I mostly love the way one of my former co-workers used to say this word. She was from North Carolina and said it like she was a lawyer. Whatever she followed it with always sounded so believable.
- harangue: I have effed this one up many times. Mostly I confuse it with cajoled, although see below for my thoughts on that word.
- inchoate: I think of Native Americans when I think of this word. I don't know why but I like thinking of Native Americans.
- loath: Way more interesting and succinct than "It's probably not gonna happen."
- non-plussed: I just want to pinch this word in its rosy little cheeks!
- pansy: Sissy sounds too, well, pansy, so I like this one instead.