On Friday I posted about the Guardian Book Blog’s call for your favourite word. Without asking directly, as I’m doing now, Pickled Eel in Sydney added his to my post:

spiflicate [humorous]–to treat roughly or severely; destroy [OED]. Love it!

Whether it’s because it rolls off your tongue, stops it short, or puts the universe in order, a good word makes the difference, in prose and life. If you’re new to writing, make a list of your favorite words, get the Wordsmith word-a-day in your inbox, and begin by falling in love with diction. [One of my former high school students of course put antidisestablishmentarianism on his list. I made him use it in a poem.]

Here’s my short list of words of which I like the sound and/or meaning, to get you started and to which I hope you’ll keep adding–who knows, one day we might even compile the Lit Bloggers Word Dictionary.

epitome (yes, as a young girl I used to pronounce it ep-ih-tome)
mellifluous (James Earl Jones’s pronunciation not figured in)
chatoyant
legerdemain (as in ‘prose legerdemain’)
swivet (as in ‘in a’)
gloaming
knackered

Your turn.

PS_Two great word books I’ve found and often peruse:

Dictionary of Word Origins: A History of the Words, Expressions and Cliches We Use

THE WORD BOOK
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