Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Words

This might not necessarily be about books, per se, but words do make up books… so, logic.

It was pretty fun to think about what words I love, whether to use them or if I just love them in general. For the most part, the words on this list are there because I like how they sound, they’re generally amusing to say, or I like the definition. So, I hope you enjoy this little list of my top ten words.

10 of My Favorite Words

lexicography (noun) | lex·​i·​cog·​ra·​phy |
1: the editing or making of a dictionary
2: the principles and practices of dictionary making


polyglot (adjective) | poly·​glot |
1a: speaking or writing several languages MULTILINGUAL
b: composed of numerous linguistic groups
// a polyglot population


befuddle (verb) | be·​fud·​dle |
1: to muddle or stupefy with or as if with drink
// … befuddled with drink all the time.— Ellen Glasgow
2: confuse; perplex
// a problem that still befuddles the experts


conundrum (noun) | co·​nun·​drum |
1a: an intricate and difficult problem
// He is faced with the conundrum of trying to find a job without having experience.
b: a question or problem having only a conjectural answer
2: a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun


paradox (noun) | par·​a·​dox |
one (such as a person, situation, or action) having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases
// As an actor, he’s a paradox—he loves being in the public eye but also deeply values and protects his privacy.


bugaboo (noun) | bug·​a·​boo |
1 an imaginary object of fear
2 something that causes fear or distress out of proportion to its importance


wonk (noun)
a person preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized fieldbroadly NERD
// a policy wonk
// a computer wonk


oxymoron (noun) | ox·​y·​mo·​ron |
a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness)


bamboozle (verb) | bam·​boo·​zle |
1: to deceive by underhanded methods DUPE, HOODWINK
// I got bamboozled by the salesperson to buy a more expensive model.
2: to confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely
// a quarterback bamboozled by an unexpected defense


bazinga | buh·​zing·​a |
: an interjection used to rub a good joke in someone’s face or cheer yourself on after a personal win, popularized as the catchphrase of the character Sheldon Cooper on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Now, I know “bazinga” is a made up word… but there’s worse words that actually made it into the dictionary. If any made-up word is going to be in there, it should be bazinga.

What are some of your favorite words?

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