Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Inside The Blogger's Studio: Part One

What is your favorite word?

Intercalary (adj.)

1.
1. Inserted in the calendar to make the calendar year correspond to the solar year. Used of a day or month.
2. Having such a day or month inserted. Used of a year.
2. Inserted between other elements or parts; interpolated.


I fell in love with it during Organismic Biology -- grasses have intercalary meristems.

What is your least favorite word?

I think a lot of people interpret this question incorrectly -- men in particular. Men tend to respond with words they hate to hear women say. "Random." "Shady." "Whatever."

There are definitely words that I can't stand to hear certain people say; there's a coworker that uses the word "sammich" instead of "sandwich", and boy do I hate that. But "sammich" isn't really a word, so I don't think that counts, either.

And I hate the way that some words are used. If I'm reading the sports page, for example, and a story notes that "the Cleveland defense was raped for over 600 yards", I cringe.

But I think what the question is REALLY getting at isn't a word's meaning or how it's used or who's saying it. Just the word itself.

In that case, I choose "pleat", a word with no appeal whatsoever.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fav word: moist.

opedog said...

Fav word: trifecta (I don't care if it technically isn't a word)

Least fav word: guesstimate (again I don't care about the rules of this blog)

Jenny said...

Favorite word: prolific
Least favorite word: MOIST! Are you freakin' kidding me?!

Anonymous said...

Least: The c-word. Yeah, it's what you thing. The sound of it, the meaning of it. Just harsh, crude, and demeaning.

Heather

P.S. It's about 110 degrees in my apartment and the heat is bringing out my inner rage.

Anonymous said...

And I correct myself: think.

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