Words We Like

I like words.

Words are like the raw ingredients for both bombs and chocolate souffle.

They cut, they burn, they soothe, they heal, they inspire — they give us cliche, overstatement, and bombast.

I like the sound of words like elucidate, onslaught, phylactery

I like the clarity of meaning in words and phrases like penultimate, oxymoron, limiting factor, critical mass.

The words whose misuse has been annoying me most lately are reticent, infer, and literally.

So… What words do you like the sound of? The clarity of meaning of?

What words would you like to hear people use more often?

Misuse less often?

All opinions welcome!

Cara King, author of MY LADY GAMESTER, which contains the word “phylactery”

About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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