Two Reminders and a Question

Hi everyone! I'm sneaking in a Wednesday post just to remind y'all about my live chat at readergirlz this evening at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific. The chat will take place here and last an hour; feel free to stop by!

Also, the blog tour has begun; the schedule is here if you're interested in following along.

And now, the question. First, some context: I'm preparing for the Sirens conference in Vail in October, and am thinking a lot about language and identity. Do you have a favorite word or words? If so, will you share it/them with me in the comments, and explain why you love that word or words? And if it's appropriate, may I incorporate your comment into the speech I'm writing? I will, of course, cite you. ^_^

ETA: What about least favorite words? Please feel free to share/explain them, too!

Please remember that I only see comments posted at my Blog Actual. (Although I'm not sure this even matters at the moment, because livejournal feed syndication seems to be broken, so no one on lj is getting my posts this week anyway! AAARGH!)


Thanks! Tomorrow I'll return to my normal M/Th blogging schedule.


Artemis Grey said…
Yay for Sirens! Okay, I'm just a tad excited about the conference, and a bit terrorized, since I went and decided to host a roundtable discussion...

But on to favorite words! Right off one of my very favs is INDOMITABLE. I love this word because you don't have to 'succeed' or be 'victorious' in the stereotypical fashion to be indomitable. But indomitableness itself tells the truth of a creature's soul. The very fact that they resist, that they will not be put down in their ventures, their beliefs or striving is far more impacting that the relatively minor end result.

If you like indomitable as much as I do you're more than welcome to use it at Sirens. I'd be flattered to death! Well, perhaps just to the brink of death... :)

I'll probably post another word later, but for now, I've got to go unload a couple hundreds bales of hay...
Unknown said…
I can't say enough about DISCOMBOBULATED. My daughter has labeled it "fun to say" - the emphasis on the BOB syllable is a particular laugh. Additionally, it's one of those lovely words that sounds like the thing it's describing: confusion (as opposed to pulchritudinous, which doesn't sound like its definiton at all). Even better, I read this definition: "having self-possession upset." And couldn't we all use that every now and again?
Jennifer C. said…
A. Grey, I love your word! One of my favorite words is superfluous; it means unnecessary or needless. I just really like saying the word and I often tend to overreact on things so, my worry about them is superfluous, that and it's off of the Grinch xD. Another one of my favorite words is autonomous; it means independent. I like the word because I believe in a women's independence and that we don't need men to be happy and sucessful, also it starts with "auto" and I absolutely LOVE cars, so that's just a bonus! ^_^

I can't wait for the live chat tonight! See you there, even if I'm a bit late! ;o)
Lindsie said…
I tend to use the word "inevitable" more than any person I know- most likely because no one I know ever uses the word!

I think it's a great word and can be applied to many situations, such as life! So many things are unavoidable and when people talk about stressful situations or having to make difficult choices, there is a sense of comfort that certain things are inevitable for everyone.
Kristin Cashore said…
I love the word PALIMPSEST. It means a document, like a parchment, that's been used several times but maybe not completely erased between uses, so that you can see hints of its previous uses underneath whatever's on the top. I like thinking about it metaphorically. We're all made of layers of all the things we've seen and done and felt before, so we're all palimpsests.
Artemis Grey said…
oooh like 'ogres are like onions'! :D I'm going to have to use that word now. Palimpsest. Hmmm

Speaking of using words, I also love halcyon. It just flows out of you mouth, sounding like what it means. And I love Pippalotta.

I've always vowed that should I have a daughter I will call her Pippalotta depsite whatever name I give her. I hope to imbue her with the indomitable spirit of the halcyon days of my own childhood simply by calling her Pippalotta after Pippy herself.

Ha! That was kind of like playing Balderdash with a sentence! Does anyone know that game? It is SO fun!
HNBerry said…
I have to second discombobulated. when ever I get in a tizzy (another fine word) and loose my glasses or my keys or anything else I feel very much like my grandmother who seemed to loose everything. Sadly I once ended up running in circles around my home looking for glasses that were attached to my shirt. Very discombobulating! Plus, its just a fun word to say and makes me giggle after having gotten into a tizzy (a word that always makes me smile).
Loredan Avery said…
I like the word Samurai. In Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, she uses the word as a metaphor for having the courage to cut out the writing that is not present, or hold a sense of truth. Incase anyone has the second edition, it starts on pg. 169.

Stephanie said…
My favorite word of all time is SERENDIPITY. It's such a fun word to say, starting out all slick and cool with the sibilant and the softer consonants, and then it gets all playful at the end. And also I really love the concept itself.

I think one of the funniest words is SESQUIPEDALIAN, which is a really long word that means "a really long word."

And once I wrote a really long explanation about why I loved the word BOSTON, but I can't seem to find it. It had to do with almost-symmetry and the two long o's and the st in the middle which was kind of like Beacon Hill and how the n on the end meant you could make it last forever if you wanted.
Anonymous said…
That is super weird. Whenever I'm asked for my favorite word I say palimpsest.
Kristin Cashore said…

Okay, to help other people get the joke about palimpsest, Dac is my sister, secret codename: Apocalyptica the Flimflammer. But I truly cannot remember the word ever coming up in conversation in our family.

I am LOVING everyone's words and explanations, and am going to have to stop myself from using up too much of my speech talking about it.

And I've just edited my post to ask: what about least favorite words? Got any of those?

(I hate the word panties.)

Lauren B. said…
Favorite word: tactile -- it reminds me of my black lab, Pepper, when she rolls around on the grass in the back yard, rubs against the couch for a good scratch or noses my hand so I'll massage her ears. It's how she relates to the world - through touch.

Least favorite: expensive
Artemis Grey said…
One of my least favorite words is repugnant. I hate the way it sounds. I also hate 'like, as in 'Like OMG!' I hate it 'because it's a copout word that is overused (by myself as well). And I strongly dislike the word 'but' because it seemed to be irrevocably linked to most apologies, thusly negating said apology.

I love the word 'lascivious'. It rolls off your tongue with a seductive sound. It draws you in even as its definition repulses you.
Artemis Grey said…
Oh, and I LOVE the word breeks. (trousers)
And Underdrawers, which I use instead of panties (I don't like that word either) almost all the time.
kathleenwall said…
I hate the word SCROD. I'm not a fan of fish as it is, but why would I eat anything that sounds as disgusting as that word feels in my mouth?
Artemis Grey said…
Wow, scrod just shot to the top of my eewww list! There are a few very similar words that I won't list that fall in right behind it...

And for another word I love: Greevy

It's not a 'real' word but my best friend in high school grew up calling the tv remote the 'greevy'. She was in her teens before one of her mother's friends told her there was no such thing. To this day I still think of the remote as the greevy. I think of it as an example of the things 'adults' say aren't real. I mean, who's to say that the remote CAN'T be a greevy? Either way you're indicating the object that changing channels. Is there a 'wrong' title for something just because it isn't the 'normal' title?
Anonymous said…
My favorite word is definitely inspire, because I love to be inspired, try to find inspiration, and hope to inspire people!

My least favorite word is probably allodoxiphobia, though I'm not sure if it counts because it's not in my dictionary.

Kristin Cashore said…
Stephanie said…
Oh, another favorite: VISCERAL. Doesn't it sound almost onomatopoetic? And there's another great one: ONOMATOPOEIA. It's like a party in your mouth.

As for least favorites, how about MOIST? I'm not really a fan of BULGE either. Or PROTRUDE. Ugh.

Fancy words for colors bug me too, but mostly because they get so over-used in bad writing, like "azure skies/water," "emerald leaves/eyes/grass," "scarlet cheeks/hair." Like, come on, what did blue ever do to you?

Oh, I really like BLUEBERRY. It seems like such a happy word. It's like the friend you have who always seems like she's in a good mood, and if you call her when you're feeling down, she'll come over and bring cookies she made that day and maybe take you for a walk and you'll end up at a park where little kids are playing on swings and slides and squirrels are chasing each other, and you'll forget why you were sad, because little kids and squirrels are hilarious. BLACKBERRY's pretty good too, as are RASPBERRY and HUCKLEBERRY, but I'm not so into STRAWBERRY (even though they're my favorite berry!).
Anonymous said…
It's hard for me to just pull my favorite words out of my brain, but I did remember a few after reading everyone else's favorites. Also, do made-up words count? My made up word is ca-winki-dink (like cawincidence but spelled better ;) Two of my other favorites: INCANDESCENTLY & STERNOCLEIDOMASTOID. I love incandescently, because of its use in Pride and Prejudice. Sternocleidomastoid is the muscle in your neck that feels like a rope with you turn your head.. love it!

--Candelion (love this one too)
Charlotte said…
One of my favorite words is BUMBLEBEE. I love the way the word sounds, it's so bubbly you want to chew it (the word, not the insect). And I love the myth that says that bumblebees shouldn't be able to fly because they haven't got the capacity (in terms of wing size or beats per second). This myth says that the bumblebee can fly because it ignores that it can't. I love that !

PS : My word verification (captcha) to post my comment is PITATHYP, now that's funny !).
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accres said…
Wow, big words. I feel silly now... Personally, I like the word beyond. If I say it once, have to say it over and over again (in my head, so not to scare people off. ;) ) I'll explain why, although I'm afraid it's not exactly what you're looking for.

I have spatial synesthesia, which basically means my mind associates words and concepts with three-dimmensional spaces. The word beyond is one of the few words which my synesthesia perceives very 'literal'. (Unlike most others; for example, the word serene brings me to a meadow on a chilly morning, which isn't neccesarily 'serene' to me.) While I'm saying beyond, I can 'see' everything start moving below, a huge expanse of soft colors, almost as if I were flying... beyond. It's beautiful, and I love it.
Andrea Adams said…
Oh Em Gee...'panties' is my least favorite word as well. In fact, I have an old friend who used to say it just to get a reaction out of me. It's best if you pronounce it like you grew up on Staten Island in the early 80s, though.

There are too many good words to pick a fave. But 'panties' wins in the bad word category fo sho.
Jazz said…
Kristin, have you read or heard of Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente? I recommend it since you like the word.

One of my favorite words is 'earth' because of the spelling of 'ea' at the beginning and how you have to strain a bit to pronounce it because of the r in the middle and then it turns into this breath sound with the 'th.' 'Earth' is a word you can savor.

A word I don't dislike, I just dislike the usage of, is 'epic.' I hate how it has become a slang word meaning something is interesting or funny.

If you like, you can incorporate this. I'm so excited about the conference!
Kristin Cashore said…
Continued thanks for these great comments! Bumblebee and blueberry are great words in similar ways, I think! Andrea, you remind me that my sister, secret codename: Cordelia, can't stand the word BEDPAN for some reason. To the point that my mom suggested we run behind her yelling "Bedpan!" whenever she's in a road race, to make her go faster. Jazz, I have heard of that book. I'll have to look into it, and maybe so should Apocalyptica!
Mara said…
I just stopped by and reviewed your site. I'd just like to say after doing some research, for someone with your life style, you should never be quick to judge someone. To be ignorant, you are not living life to the fullest. What comes around goes around. So don't ever treat someone with disrespect that you don't know. You never know when it will turn around and negative treatment will go towards you. This is a free country, freedom of speech. It is a wonderful place to be. That is what provides you with the ability to publish your stories. Don't ever take that away from someone, it's not right. There is a constant theme throughout your books, and the people you choose to let into your world. In life, don't be so ignorant, it's too short!
Kristin Cashore said…
Accres, I don't know how I missed your comment before, but I just read it and wanted to thank you -- that's fascinating, and it makes total sense, somehow, that "beyond" would come to you literally, based on what you described! And for what it's worth, I have lots of favorite words that are short. I love the words "glum" and "blue" to mean sad.

BTW, Artemis, your discussion will be great, I'm sure of it.
Artemis Grey said…
Thanks Kristin! It's about women lead characters and their love relationships, how those relationships affect the women (for good or bad) and how the women do or don't retain their strong leading natures, even after gaining someone they can lean and rely on.

It's a subject that I myself find very important, particularly the way young girls are being stereo-typed in todays society as the sexy arm-piece...
RobinPS said…
Oh how I wish I could go to Sirens! Unfortunately, my hubby is in Afghanistan and I would have to tote along my 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, who, while creative, are probably not the best audience for this particular educational outing.

That said, please pardon the 12-year-old boy in me, but my favorite words are really stupid and inappropriate ones that make me giggle despite how insipid they are.

In the nature category: "Shrub" and "Bush"

In the biology category: "Poopie" and "Douche"

I wish I were an actress so I could go on Inside the Actor's Studio and share my favorite swear word. The PG-version of it, which is just as effective, is "Crap." Which also goes along with "Poopie."

See, it's all cyclical. Don't judge me for being the 33-year-old embodiment of Beavis & Butthead.
Anonymous said…
I'm a fan of the word "zeugma," both for the way it sounds and what it means. Zeugma is repeatedly using a word or phrase within a sentence, but the word or phrase only actually appears once, like in, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." Zeugma where the meaning changes with each use is called syllepsis, like "he put out the cat, the wine, his cigar and the lamps". (from the song "Madeira M'dear", by Flanders and Swann)

Syllepsis is a good word, but not as much fun as zeugma. But examples of syllepsis are more fun than examples of zeugma, so it's a tradeoff.

Another word I like with a related meaning is "antanaclasis", which is like syllepsis except that the word is repeated each time, but with a different meaning, like "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately", by Benjamin Franklin or "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana," by Groucho Marx.

Another unrelated word that I like and just have to mention is "acciaccatura". It's a music term. The idea is when playing a chord, quickly playing a note not in the chord at the same time but immediately releasing it, sort of like a grace note. It makes the chord sound crunchier. Acciaccatura is a crunchy word for a crunchy sound.

Also, I share your annoyance about LJ syndication being down. It was actually kind of disorienting to not see your post on LJ this morning. It made me wonder if I was confused about what day it is.
tinkandalissa said…
Oh, Sirens! I wish I could be there! :(
And, scrod? Ew! I dont eat seafood either and this word is truly icky!
This is fun! I feel like we are on an episode of Peewee's Playhouse and making up "words of the day". Ahhh! :)
Ok, moving of my new favorite words is amalgamate. Not only is it fun too say, but it means to unite or come together to form one. I like that.
JillinPC said…
I have always loved the German word for butterfly it is schmetterling. It is so poetic and just rolls off the tounge. I think we should change butterfly to flutterby.

I don't like the way "impact" has been changed into a verb as in: "The man in the crosswalk was impacted by the truck." what? Don't we mean he was hit by a truck?

I agree with you on "panties". How come men get to wear "shorts" but women have to wear "panties"?
Andrea Adams said…
The grossest combo: bedpanties. Blammo. Done.

PS big ups for your NYT bestseller! :)
mysteryflavour said…
Lately I've been very into the word 'INCHOATE.' Also, the story of Sisyphus - I don't know if there's a single word that refers to it (Sisyphillian? Nope), but it seems to me to be a metaphor that should make its way into conversation more frequently.

Least favorite: UTILIZE. Sheesh, just say 'use,' switching to 'utilize' just makes you sound like a jerkface.
Kristin Cashore said…
Oh! JillinPC, I think my new favorite word is SCHMETTERLING!

And RobinPS, you remind me of my favorite moment on The Actor's Studio, which was when the moderator dude (I forget his name) asked Mark Wahlberg his least favorite word and Mark Wahlberg said, "Is Marky-Mark a word?"
Eilonwy said…
I used to like TWILIGHT, but it has a new set of baggage that doesn't appeal to me. I'm trying to make friends with DUSK or GLOAMING in its place. I also like FORGE, it holds so many conflicted meanings together in one little package.

I also am fond of color words that stretch beyond the standard spectrum--PERIWINKLE,CRIMSON and CERULEAN--as a few examples.

I am put off by any word that has been hobbled by the noxious suffix -AGE (SIGNAGE, VERBIAGE, PERSONAGE).
RobinPS said…
MysteryFlavour: I giggled out loud at your use of the word "jerkface," which of course, made me love the word. In one of Cassandra Clare's books, the main character Clary calls another character, Jace, an "A-shat," which made me laugh out loud. (That - represents an s, by the way).

And I LOOOOOVE the word "scram."

KristinCashore: I love that Inside the Actor's Studio, too! And there is one with Daniel Radcliffe where he asks if he's allowed to say "bollocks" on television. Love it!
H. Chang said…
Love words that describes something beautiful: Psithurism‏ - The sound of whispering wind through trees

Love words that are obnoxious to use when you're talking to equally obnoxious people who annoy you: Defenestrate - to throw something or someone out the window.

Love words that make you smile because they remind you of a funny incident: Yoga.

Mom had a friend come over to have weekly sessions to practice her coversational English, it went something like this:

Friend: How was your week, Lisa?

Mom: Ok, my doctor tell me I have to eat better because of my blood pressure.

Friend: Have you tried Yoga? It helps me a lot!

Mom: REALLY??! YOGA?? (Yogurt) WHAT FLAVOR?! Strawberry?? Blueberry??

(I love my mom.)
mysteryflavour said…
Another word for Glum: Lugubrious (in an exaggerated or melodramatic way). There is also Sullen, Dour, and Saturnine.
Anonymous said…
Hope this isn't too late from a lurker.

One of my favorite words is profuse/profusely. I use it almost daily in my high school English classes when students ask to go to the nurse for a bandage. I always ask, "Are you bleeding profusely?" My 7-year-old daughter recently surprised my in-laws when she told them that her tummy was full and that it was profuse. :)
Another favorite word of mine is chaotic, and it's wonderful when your child uses it correctly in first grade to describe her classroom to her teacher.

A few other favorites: diligent, mollycoddle, brouhaha, ingress, insouciance, furtive, and malfeasance.

I'll have to think about words I like the least.
BookMac said…
I love the word "Isolated" There is just something about it that makes me want to use it. I feel like it's the perfect word to describe people or places, and it fits nicely into a sentence or poem.
Kristin Cashore said…
More and more great words! Today I was admiring the waxing moon and realized that I love the words WAX and WANE when they refer to the moon.

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