I love words. When I write, they are like little treasures to me. Sometimes, I find them with hardly a search, and other times they are buried so deep, no amount of digging will uncover the prized and perfect word for which I search.
To me, some words seem to define themselves just by the how they sound when I say them. They elicit an image or a feeling simply by the way their syllables spring forth.
Here are a few of my favorites:
AZURE – az·ure
1. of or having a light, purplish shade of blue, like that of a clear and unclouded sky.
When I hear the word “azure” I am immediately taken to the bluest ocean. I can smell the sea breeze, hear the seagulls crying above me as I feel the sand between my toes.
BLOVIATE – blo·vi·ate
1. to speak pompously.
Maybe it’s the beginning of the word – BLO – that told me what this word meant before I even knew the definition. But, it’s one of my favorite words. It perfectly defines the communication style of too many in the media these days, and the “bloviating style” has trickled down to many of us.
I can taste “sour” at the sound of this word. I’ve heard it’s one of the worst things you can say to an opera singer, because it causes the back of throat to tingle and close up – do you feel it?
MEANDER – me·an·der
1. to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course.
This is a rather boring definition of a word that elicits feelings of happy-go-lucky wandering and adventure. As soon as I hear the word, I think of a stream, winding through the mountains. Or a tree-lined path, speckled with sunlight.
And now, here is a word that DOES NOT bring to mind what it defines. Instead, its sound makes me think of an infected wound.
CREPUSCULAR – cre·pus·cu·lar
1. of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.
I could continue to list more of my favorites, but for now, I think I’ll meander through the woods to enjoy watching the crepuscular sky turn to azure blue. Instead of turning on the news to hear bloviating commentators that often leave me with a sour taste, I’ll listen to birds sing.
Listen for words to see what feelings they bring out in you. I hope you’ll share some them!
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