Shakespeare, hero cats and favourite words

Today I was thinking a lot about favourite words. I don’t just mean those words we like because of the way they look when written on a page – rather, the words we love because of the way they sound or the way they feel just before they are uttered.

In thinking on such things today I discovered quite a few favourites. Just so I have an excuse to hear those words spoken in my head, I thought I’d share them with you. In no particular order, here’s my current top five (I wonder what they say about me?):

  • Ameliorate
  • Ephemeral
  • Delicacy
  • Pelagic
  • Cryptogamic Crust (OK, so technically this is two words but let’s not get ourselves too caught up with technicalities)

How about you? Do you have a favourite word (or two) you’d like to share? … If you do, you have a chance to win a pack of ‘Shakespeare Insult Quotation Badges’ and a pack of ‘Supa Hero Cat’ stickers by Sissy Sparrows. Click on the linky below, share your favourite word and you’ll be in the draw. Be sure to include a link back to your own blog (if you have one) and don’t forget your email address (this won’t be published, but will make it easy for me to contact the winner). The giveaway will close Monday 18 October at midnight (AEST), and the winner will be chosen at random.

(PS. The winner of last week’s giveaway is 22 – Congratulations, I’ll be in touch)


  1. Fourth Daughter

    My brain is too dead at this time of night to be thinking of clever words… I like my made up nickname for my cat though… super duper chunka munka (sort of styled after Hunca Munca in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Two Bad Mice)!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – Oh I know what you mean about getting a bit brain dead late at night … I find I’m exactly the same way after a really busy day at work (like today).

      I adore your cat’s made up nickname too – haha, it’s fabulous!! (and deliciously long). I have so many nonsense names for my dog, but I don’t think anything would compare with that! 🙂

  2. Paula L.

    English is not my native language so my favorite words are probably not so exciting to you 🙂 I love undisputable, flawless, awesome and others I can’t remember now.
    Thank you for the giveaway; giveaway sounds very well too, I wonder why 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Paula – Oh I love the words you chose as favourites! … Flawless is beautiful – it’s so crisp and defined. 🙂

  3. Lynne

    LOve those badges and stickers. I bet my daughter would lurve them too.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – I love the badges too … and the stickers are super cool! After all, who doesn’t like a super cat in a cape? 😉

  4. Susan

    Sheesh – well and truly sprung! Best add my own blog along with yours :-). Sigh. Have a good day, will catch up with you tonight.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Susan – Haha, yep you were SO busted sneaking about online … but I think I can forgive you! 😉

  5. Christine

    :-)) The badges are so funny.
    Thanks for link to Somewhere trailer. Good one.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – The badges are great aren’t they (I’m a sucker for all things Shakespeare). No worries about sharing the Somewhere trailer … as you can tell I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂

  6. Liza

    “Nontrivial” is a word that I use a lot in my job, and I’ve found it extremely helpful in my personal life, too, once people figure out what I’m getting at.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Liza – Non trivial is a wonderful word … and can apply perfectly to so many situations at work. Thanks.

  7. ShootingStarsMag

    Love those badges. Shakespeare is a master of insults. My favorite word in general? I really like “issues” to say. “Schadenfredue” is a good one.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Shooting Stars – I love the Shakespeare badges too … and a good insult is a nice thing to have on hand too. Oh yes, ‘issues’ is a great word to say – especially in that you can change which part of the word is given emphasis. Though I must also say that your other nominated word, ‘Schadenfredue’ is a great one as well! So many awesome words … such little time … 🙂

  8. Trina

    I like “Orb” and “Antithesis” – odd choices, but they’re mine 🙂 Also “defenestration” 😉

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Trina – Oh I love your words … orb and antithesis are full of interesting interpretations and sound wonderful when spoken! 🙂

  9. Katie

    I was going to write “flibbertigibbet” but it wouldn’t fit in the spaces. I discovered that word at the top of the page in a dictionary one day and ever since I couldn’t really forget it 😀

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – Haha, that’s such an awesome word … the linky wasn’t able to predict a word of such generous proportions! Some words just have that tendency to stick in our minds … wonderful! 🙂

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