It is always a great day when you acquire a new favorite word! Often during our bus rides I have opportunity to just sit and think.
The New Mexico highways are ribbons of enchantment that can mesmerize you for a few hours. Now, I rarely think of great solutions to the world's problems, heavens no. It always goes to dogs and their relationship to humankind or what is required to become a favorite word?
I have always loved words and the favorites don't change too often. I maintain a short list and these are the requirements:
- They must be a delight when spoken aloud;
- They must invoke a sense of well-being or pleasure in meaning or sound; and
- They must look superb on paper.
And I am happy to say I just added a new one to my list. But first, the oldies.
Specter/Spectre. It just sounds perfect to say and feels great. It has rhythm and balance, crisp sounds and sibilance. It invokes a misty, only partially revealed scene or being. It is beautiful to write or print. Specter.
Plover/Clover. Now these don't mean aythig together. One is a water bird and one is a flower (or a dating app - apparently). But the quality with these words is how they sound and feel when spoken. Plover has the lush, creamy tones of a chocolate truffle falling softly from the lips. Pretty sexy stuff and it's just a cute little water bird or town in Wisconsin. Plover.
Clover has the lushness and softness of Plover with a little snap at the front. I am thinking peppermint bark here - a zingy crunch and then the smooth and cooling chocolate. Yes, i really like candy. Clover.
Now. For my new favorite word on the list. I've been walking around just saying it out loud every once in a while. It is Sparticle. Say it. Three syllables of wonder. What is it? It is a hypothetical elementary particle. Do I fully understand what that means? Not necessarily. But I am investigating. The word itself holds sparkle, icicle, party - even my old dog Sparky. It is just a great word and one can think on the actual meaning of this for a very long time. Sparticle.