In all my reading I often run across some new word that catches me unaware. I used to write the word down and look it up later. Now that I listen to books, instead of reading the hard copy version, it’s trickier to catch the unfamiliar word. It’s not as easy to stop and reread the word, or capture it for later look ups. So I haven’t been picking up new ones as well as I’d like.
I do have a few lists around with words I’ve found over the years. Some of them are “old-fashioned” words that are seldom heard, but ought to be used more. Some are nonsense words like those often created delights hidden in the writings of Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein or Lewis Carroll.
This short list isn’t so much new words as it’s words I like the sound of. The way they bounce off your tongue, or imitate the thing that they are makes them especially appealing. Sometimes it’s a word I’ve heard often enough but was uncertain of the definition.
They’re easier to appreciate if you say them out loud.
Humdinger – somebody or something exceptional
Snog – to kiss (doesn’t sound all that wonderful, does it?)
Snickerdoodle – a crisp cookie with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top
Scooch – moving a small amount or distance
Smooch – kiss (this version sounds much more inviting)
Diddle – to cheat, swindle or hoax “hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon, the little dog laughed to see such a sight and the dish ran away with the spoon.”
Dillydally – to waste time by loitering or procrastinating
Chortle – a breathy, gleeful laugh
Scrumptious – splendid and delectable, like a snicker doodle
Bumptious – noisily self-assertive
Do you have any favorite words? How about a new word you’ve heard recently? Please share if you do!