Top Ten Words I Love

toptentuesday This wonderful meme was brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish. Be sure to head over there to check out previous and next Top Ten Tuesday topics. This is an interesting topic I ran into browsing the Top Ten Tuesday topics. I love words. There’s something beautiful about an expansive vocabulary. (I wouldn’t say I have an expansive vocabulary, but I’m working on it 😉 ) I love words based on the way they sound and/or their definition. Fun fact: ‘Eutony’ (Yoo-ton-ee) mean the pleasantness of a word’s sound. (yeah I’m gunna try to sneak in other words in this top “ten” 😉 ) so in alphabetical order here are some of my favorite words:

catharsis /kəˈTHärsəs/ (n.): the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

eloquent /ˈeləkwənt/ (adj.): fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing.

ephemeral /əˈfem(ə)rəl/ (adj.): lasting for a very short time.

ethereal /əˈTHirēəl/ (adj.): extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

evanescence /ˌe-və-ˈne-sən(t)s/ (n.): to disapear gradually; vanish; fade away. 

illicit /i(l)ˈlisit/ (adj.): forbidden by law, rules, or custom.

ineffable /inˈefəb(ə)l/ (adj.): too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.

iridescent /ˌirəˈdes(ə)nt/ (adj.): showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles.

mellifluous /məˈliflo͞oəs/ (adj.): (of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear.

petrichor /ˈpeˌtrīkôr/ (n.): the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil.  

Honorable Mentions:

duende /do͞oˈendā/ (n.): The quality of art to deeply move a person / a quality of passion and inspiration.

cacophony /kəˈkäfənē/  (n.): a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds.

epiphany /əˈpifənē/ (n.): a moment of sudden revelation or insight.

luminous /ˈlo͞omənəs/ (adj.): full of or shedding light; bright or shining, especially in the dark.

serendipity /ˌserənˈdipədē/ (n.): the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

wanderlust /ˈwändərˌləst/ (n.): a strong desire to travel.   Do you have some favourite words?

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