Definition: involved in or participating in events or happenings

My favourite words and why!?

One night..

So I sat with my daughter Natalie reading her latest English assignment and I was really impressed by her use of language and in particular the use of colourful words. We talked for a while on words and then she asked this question…

Natty: Whats your favourite word Dad?

Ethernat (Dad): Thats a great question Natty, I never considered that seriously, let me think..


In the space of 10 minutes I came up with the following words: Endeavour, Hubris, Hemidemisemiquaver and Vixen. I did not explain why there and then but I gave it some thought today and here is my reasons why.


I’ve always liked this word as it describes basically a task but more poetic and carries withit a sense of promise. Def: “a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness”


overbearing pride or presumption… every time i have used this in a sentence its been met with a ? look… but Hubris is a fav too…


I’ve always loved that this eight-syllable word refers to one of the shortest note values in music. “hemidemisemiquaver” is a sixty-fourth note, which is usually played very quickly. Back in the more poetic 1500’s someone came up with the name “quaver” for what we call an eighth note (earlier than that, someone else chose the decidedly less poetic term “crotchet” its a quarter note apparently). As you divide the eighth note in half, you add prefixes to “quaver” until you get to the delightful “hemidemisemiquaver.”


Because it was always used to describe a woman with less than perfect morals. There is something very sexy and playful about this word. I even like the way it looks written with the “x” displayed at its center. I am sure this is all very Freudian.


Although penultimate is essentially unimportant — next to last — it carries an exciting connotation. Its going to happen – or be over soon.

What are your favourite words and why? come on Share up…

5 Responses to “My favourite words and why!?”

  1. Cassandra Jade

    I love the word amok. I love saying it. It just rolls off the tongue so well and it sounds exactly the way it should.

    I did fall in love with the word defenestration thanks to David Eddings, but I so rarely have a chance to use it. Not a lot of people being thrown out of windows around town.

  2. Pete Bell

    I have several also….
    because it’s one more letter than antidisestablishmentarianism, which is often thought of as the longest word. And its meaning is quite banal for such a long word. I like Myrrh also as it has no vowels and smells lovely 🙂 . And wubit, which is a good test of a good dictionary (and so is flocci….). And finally “a” which, with the help of Prince George, was described thus by Blackadder in the “Ink and Incapability” episode of the third series: “A – impersonal pronoun. Doesn’t really mean anything.” (Despite the fact it is the indefinite article)

    • Ethernat

      LOL thanks for sharing that Peter. I loved my self both the long words, and use do to delight in knowing those at school if it made me somehow intellectual. I love those words. I am surprised then you did not mention pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis which I am sure you know is a disease of the lung… and at 45 letters the longest in the english dictionary. Perhaps because its a factitious word or just pretentious as it looks very unnecessary 😉 Love the words regardless.. Myrrh is a great word.. not sure I have actually smelled Myrrh? cant recall…

      • Pete Bell

        I haven’t smelled Myrrh either….. but it sounds like it should be almost onomatopaeic (if that can be applied to smell!). I can hear myself saying the word whilst imbibing the scent.

        Hadn’t heard of the disease one, but I know there are some very long ones of those. I shall try to remember that one!

      • Ethernat

        The disease one is very easy to say and remember.. newmono ultra microscopic silica volcanocosis .. LOL I like the Idea of a word to describe it smelling like its written..

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