Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Jen's Favorite Words

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND sign Mister Linky at the bottom to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don't worry if you can't come up with ten every time...just post what you can!

This week's topic is strays a little bit from the norm of our usual topics about bookish things. But any reader should I have a good appreciation for words!

'Top Ten Words I Love'

1. Atrocious: "Utterly revolting, or of very poor quality". This is one of my favorite words to use when describing something I don't like.

2. Facetiously: "Joking or jesting often inappropriately". I love this word because all five vowels are in alphabetical order. I know there are other words like this, but this is the first one I remember learning.

3. Lackadaisical: "Lacking life, spirit, or zest". This is such a fun word to say, which seems kind of ironic considering the definition.

4. Dessert: "A usually sweet course or dish (as of pastry or ice cream) usually served at the end of a meal". I love dessert. Cake, pie, cookies, pudding, brownies, ice cream, you name it I will devour it (especially if it has chocolate in it).

5. Wanderlust: "Strong longing for or impulse toward wandering". Ahh..the travel bug. I love traveling to new places and exploring.

Onomatopoeia: "The use of words whose sound suggests the sense". Another fun word to say and I love words that are onomatopoeia's: buzz, hiss, beep, knock, sizzle, zap, squish.

7. Oxymoron: "A combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness)". Ever since I was first taught this word in elementary school I've pictured an 'ox' and a 'moron' in my head.

8. Surreptitious: "Done, made, or acquired by stealth". It's like clandestine...but way cooler.

9. Pterodactyl: "Any of various pterosaurs (suborder Pterodactyloidea) of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous having a rudimentary tail and a beak with reduced dentition". My favorite dinosaur! Who doesn't love dinosaurs?

10. Beach: "A shore of a body of water covered by sand, gravel, or larger rock fragments; a seashore area". I've always lived within 15 minutes of the ocean. I love it, it's one of my favorite places to be.
*All definitions are from Merriam-Webster Online.

What are your favorite words? Please join in, even if you can't think of ten words!

Next week's Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I'm Dying To Read


  1. Wanderlust <3

    I remember loving the word onomatopoeia in grade school. So fun to say.

    Surreptitious made my list too!

  2. I loved doing this top 10 :)
    I don't have any "big" word tho :)

  3. I use atrocious a lot too, especially when describing people's hair. ha.

    I also love how pterodactyl is on your list!! :)

  4. You have great words! I started thinking about this too late and couldn't come up with anything too earth shattering.

  5. oooh! Wanderlust is great. I have a few "-ous" words on my list too. My favorites are ersatz, umami, confusticate, hermitage, lascivious, cacophony, diaphanous, absconded, combustible, and voracious.

  6. Hi everyone, I haven't got much experience w/ these posts. How do I put that badge on my blog post? Anyway I love the word lackadaisical too because it is a fun kind of sing song word to say despite the meaning.

  7. Yay! Pterodactyl is the raddest word ever. Just look at it.

  8. Wanderlust and beach are great word choices! I was careful not to read any lists before I participated and finished my list today. I went with what I thought of quickly. Now, I'll make my rounds to your blogs. This is fun! Thanks for expanding my mind and I do love words!

  9. Lauren - I can't wait to read your Top Ten words post. I couldn't find it on your blog. If you'd like to put the picture from The Broke and the Bookish then click on it to save it to your picture file on your computer, then post it as you would a picture that you've taken to your blog. If you need more info. then I'd love to be of help if I can. I hope this is helpful to you. :)

  10. Love doing the top ten lists- this one gave me an excuse to use my two favorite words (which never fit into normal conversation): Fontrum and Schadenfreude.

  11. Kate-- Fontrum and Shadenfreude? EPIC!

  12. This was a lot of fun, I didn't even know I had favorite words until I really thought about it. Thanks for the meme!

  13. Love onomatopoeia and pterodactyl! In writing my list, I discovered that a lot of the words I like end with -ous. Not sure what that means, but I had fun with this list! Can't wait to go read what everybody else wrote!

  14. fun list :D I agree about Lackadaisical, it really seems like it should mean the opposite of what it does, huh? It reminds me of whimsical :D

    Ah, wanderlust. That's a lovely word as well. Great list :)

  15. Whew. Oxymoron. Such a true word, but such an ugly sound.

  16. +JMJ+

    Hey, these are good choices! =D I enjoyed reading your list.

  17. My new favourite word, and god the Germans are a wonderful people for summing up complex emotions with a pithy phrase, is fremdschamen.

    Which means experiencing embarrassment on behalf of someone else. I have spent years cringing during movies, television shows (I cannot make it through a single episode of the English Office with Gervais) and all along I never knew there was a word that perfectly described what I was feeling.


  18. Sorry, I know this it's been a long time since this post was written but hey, that's the great thing about the internet. I've always loved the word 'PHENOMENON' (PHE-NO-MEN-ON) and MISCELLANEOUS.

  19. "Wanderlust" is awesome. I wish I'd thought of that one.


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