Favorite Words

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week, Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then posts her top ten list that fits that topic. More about TTT.

This week, we’re writing about our favorite words for Top Ten Tuesday.

Bibliophiles are logophiles by nature, so it was pretty difficult to cull the words for this list; even more difficult to rank them. Many of my favorite words are favorites because of the images they evoke. Others, because of the way they feel in the mouth or sound in the ear. Interestingly, nearly all of the words that made the final cut here are nouns. I wonder why? Anyway, at least it’s a place to start.

10. Zephyr

noun. A soft, gentle breeze from the west.

9. Fernweh

noun. An ache for faraway places.

8. Sprezzatura

noun. Studied carelessness, especially as a characteristic quality or style of art or literature; art which conceals art.

7. Apricity

noun. The warmth of the sun in winter.

6. Serendipity

noun. The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

5. Meraki

noun (or verb?). Doing something with soul, creativity, or love; putting yourself in what you are doing; giving the essence of yourself.

4. Sonrisa

noun. A smile or grin.

3. Ubuntu

noun. A quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity; I am because we are.

2. Wabi-Sabi

noun. The acceptance of transience and imperfection.

1. Ineffable

adjective. Too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.

* Lagniappe

noun. Something given as a bonus or extra gift.

What are some of your favorite words?

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