The Edinburgh Book Festival has now come to a close, and as an end note, here are some of the authors at the festival discussing some of their favourite words. Having a favourite word is a strange thing, as it is difficult to explain why you might like one in particular over any other. The following are the words I like the best out of the ones provided by the authors in this article: discombobulate, labyrinth, and mnemonic.
Some other personal favourites of mine are onomatopoeia (virtually impossible to spell), frangipani (is it food? A plant? Perfume? A polite word for something indelicate?), and humongous (it isn’t quite huge, and it isn’t just enormous. It’s both).
What are your favourite words?