These are a few of my favorite words...

These are a few of my favorite things words...

Growing up, math just never “added up” (cheesy, but true). It turned out to be a subject that I struggled with as a child, and has continued to be a nuisance in my life. The fact that my math results on the SATs rendered the response “That’s MUCH better than I expected!” from my mother just shows that math has never been one of my “talents”. 

“English” class (grammar, spelling, syntax/diction) has always been my strong suit,from elementary school through my college years. Even in a subject that may be challenging, as long as papers are involved in the syllabus, I will do just fine. Tis’ a shame that math class never required essays..

Therefore, it is fair to say that I am a fan of words, and I have been able to compile a list of my favorites. Some of these words I tend to use (too) frequently, others I just love the sound of. 

To each their own..

  1. epitome
  2. pretentious 
    (the phrase “epitome of pretentious” is a favorite phrase. Those two words just sound magical together.)
  3. awesome
  4. epiphany
  5. ridiculous
  6. tickle
  7. shimmy
  8. dandelion
  9. sneaker

...and 10. soup

~Jessica

Most Loved Words - Ronii's Version

Coco's post about her Most Loved Words last week has started a trend here at the B&A office and we have each come up with our own list of most loved words now. Here's mine. Enjoy!

  • Kumquat: Say it. How fun is that to say? Not only is it a delicious fruit but kinda dirty in a way. Randomly inject the word into a sentence or question and instantly people are listening to you because they are suprised and thinking about what a Kumquat is. The other day I was having a conversation with a guy who wasn't paying much attention to me and all of a sudden I say, "Do you like Kumquats?" He looked up at me and actually thought about what I had just said to process it and laughed and finally said, "I don't know if I have ever had one." After that he listened to every word I said. Try this at your next networking event. Go around ask people if they like kumquats. I bet they remember you next time you see them.
  • Sultry: God, this is a sexy word. As we were talking about this word in the office, we came up with the analogy that 'Paris is sexy and Italy is sultry.' Its more earthy than sexy but what a brilliantly discriptive word.
  • WTF: This is my sutle way of saying curse words without really offending people. Its just a perfect phrase for when I'm completely befuddled (this will show up later in the post), which seems to happen a lot here recently.
  • Comme ci, comme ca: French for so so. I learned this word my first year of French in high school. Why they taught us this particular word? I don't know. Probably because it is fun to say. But no one says, "How are you?" and your respond, "So so." Who does that? Apparently the French. But it is a really fun word to go around saying.
  • Wiggle: Not only is it fun to say but fun to do as well. Do it! Right now. In your chair. Then, say it while you are doing it - wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. How much fun is that. Do this daily and you'll feel better about everything. Dr. Ronii is out.
  • Sparkle: Um, confession. I have a secret Twilight obsession (Ugh, feels good to confess). Hence, I love all things that sparkle - jewelry, eyes, vampires. Sparkle is such a good distraction too. "Consumers attention spans have become shorter than in the past and now you only have - Ohhhh, sparkly!" (SPARKLY FLASH!! Shameless B&A plug! Contact us if you want to know how long you have to grab consumers' attention when they come your website. We can help you with that.)
  • Befuddled: I added this word as I was typing this post because I realized I kinda love it. I tend to be beffuddled a lot. Its a more elegant way to say that I'm confused all the time. I'm not confused, I'm just befuddled.
  • Flabbergasted: Surprised. So originally, Aga added this word to her list because she heard me say it. I'm taking it back because it is my word and I love it. I found it first. It is so much more fun to say instead of surprised. People flabbergast me.

There are several other words and phrases that I tend to say quiet frequently but are not appropriate to put on a blog post. But if you want to know them give me a shout, buy me a beer and let's talk off the record.

~Ronii

Most Loved Words

I recently read something and immediately exclaimed, “What! I HATE that word!” Something about it struck me almost angrily. So, I decided to write a blog listing my most loved and hated words. It ended up being too long, so I had to split it up so I didn’t lose your attention. Without further a due, a very abbreviated list of my most loved words: 

Extravaganza-not to be confused with “extravagant,” because extravaganza is just so much better. Say it out loud. Extravagaaaaanza!

Peace- it’s so simple in its one-syllable format; yet, there is such debate about the phrase “world peace.” Let’s just leave it at peace. It almost relaxes me just to read it. Peace. Also, I love its association with hippies and the whole hippie culture.

Robust-I love the way this looks and sounds, and it’s a very powerful adjective.

Brilliant-just a great descriptor and I think it’s association with awesome things and people  (Steve Jobs, for example) help give it meaning.

Raunchy-although this word describes less than desirable things, it’s very raw and effective at doing so.

Paramount- I like this word in copy and writing.

Putrid-ewwwwww. Perfect. Just like raunchy.

Seldom-I feel very smart when I use this word, I think because my grandpa used it a lot and I feel very old-fashioned and cultured when I use it. Not to mention, it’s pretty easy to work into a sentence and not make it sound like you’re trying too hard.

Hippopotamus-visually, this word is just awesome. So are hippos.

Charlatan-I learned this word in freshman English. Its kind of flashy in terms of day-to-day use, but for some reason I never forgot it or it’s meaning. It’s fun to say out loud, but the number of syllables makes it generally unrealistic to use commonly.

Dabble- visually fun and is so flexible in it’s use.

Filthy-I use this word a lot, and after seeing it written, I don’t like the way it looks. But when I told a friend I was writing a blog on most loved and hated words, she immediately reminded me I loved this word. And I do. But I don’t think I’ll ever use it in writing.

Bat-shit crazy-this is for Ronii. She likes this term and I have to say it rolls really well off the tongue. Plus, I like using swear words in writing because it kind of startles the reader (and hopefully doesn’t insult them. Because let’s face it. Swear words are swear words and we’ve all said them, heard them, or seen them. Unfortunately they are a part of our culture and they really are the perfect word to express your situation sometimes). I don’t recommend the use of this phrase in professional writing (that’s my being diplomatic to appease both of my bosses).

Diplomatic-I very much am diplomatic and it’s a very sophisticated and stout word. It’s sound and look are so much more powerful than it’s meaning, I feel. I also think it’s a good trait to have.

Capture-I feel like this word is seldom used (see what I did there?) and frequently replaced with words like “caught” or associated with bad things like being arrested or kidnapped or seized. I like it for describing things like photography, or used in terms of being bewitched or enchanted. (both also great words)

Lastly,I love every word and everything about the following excerpt from my favorite book, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, where captured (did it again!) my soul in describing music:

 “The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed, and there by the door the timps rolling through my guts and out again crunched like candy thunder. Oh, it was wonder of wonders. And then, a bird of like rarest spun heavenmetal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now, came the violin solo above all the other strings, and those strings were like a cage of silk around my bed. Then flute and oboe bored, like worms of like platinum, into the thick thick toffee gold and silver. I was in such bliss, my brothers.”

~Coco