...words. I did a quick straw-poll on Facebook this week, asking a simple question:
What's your favourite word?
I'm not sure that any of the answers are words that get used very often, but they're an interesting mix of foreign, emotive, philosophical, onomatapoeic expressions. A lot were chosen for the way they feel to say; some for the meanings and a couple for their flexibility.
I wonder whether a piece of writing containing one of these favourite expressions would make the reader more likely to take notice?
Presumably someone, somewhere has mapped the nation's favourite words.
Here's the list I got:
- Lentosaema (airport in Finnish)
- Shagala bagala ('mess' in kiSwahili)
I should point out that one of my friends takes umbrage with this question of ' favourite words', as it subscribes, in his opinion, to false economic reason. We ought not, he tells me, reduce the massive complexity of language to mere words. Thanks, JB.