Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Favorite Words

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

This week’s prompt is a little different from what I’m used to, but it’s all about my top ten favorite words. According to the prompt, these could be words that are fun to say, sound funny, mean something great, or make you smile when you read/hear them. And there’s so many great words out there, but it’s one of those topics that I have to put some serious effort into to come up with a list. Here’s some of my favorite words:

1. Meh. This is a perfect word for when I’m ambivalent about something—it isn’t necessarily good or bad, it’s just … meh.

2. Vernacular. I absolutely love throwing this word into conversation whenever I can. Anytime I learn a great word, I toss this into conversation, as in, “Why isn’t this word in common vernacular?”

3. Wonky. This is a British word, and I will never understand why it didn’t quite make the jump across the pond, since it’s one of those words that works so perfectly!

4. Schmutz. I grew up in a house where I heard Yiddish spoken all the time, and I throw these words around fairly often. This one fits perfectly in a lot of situations.

5. Shtuyot. I recently learned this one, and it means “nonsense” in Hebrew. It’s just so much more fun to say than it is in English, so it’s absolutely working it’s way into my vernacular.

6. YIKE. This one came about when I was thinking faster than I could type, and I left off the last letter. It just kind of became a thing, and now the word has just changed in my conversations with friends.

7. Birthday. I grew up with a mom who is American, and a dad who came from Europe. He never quite got the hang of pronouncing a TH sound properly, and always pronounced this word as “bird-day.” It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized that my siblings and I also pronounce it this way. Hearing this word always brings back memories of my dad and makes me smile.

8. Necklace. This is another word that always makes me smile too, because my nephew couldn’t say this one right when he was young and called it a “neck-a-lace.” Consequently, we still call it a “neck-a-lace” in my family.

9. Blurb. This is just one of those words that sounds funny to me.

10. Onomatopoeia. This is another word that not only sounds funny, but is fun to say.

What are some of your favorite words?

37 replies »

    • Thanks! I was discussing it with my brothers and nephews this year and WE ALL SAY IT LIKE THAT! And my whole family has started calling a pacifier a “pucky” because of how I mispronounced it as a baby. These kind of family stories are so much fun.


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