Richard’s Word Game

You can’t possibly be interested, but here’s a little word study I’ve been doing the last few years.

The game is to list your favorite words, not connected to meaning but according to sound and feel in your mouth. It’s an exercise in discovering very personal and usually non-rational preferences. Use your imagination, peeling away definitions for the moment. Disconnect societal connotations and your emotional attachment to what words mean. Sometimes this takes time and even some intentional meditation.

In you are slightly documentarian like me, list them when you have formed an opinion.

Then consider, with only sound and feel in mind, what these words might mean. For example, for me, the word lotion (my favorite word currently) should mean sex. Debacle is the act of turning a key in a car’s ignition. Gratitude refers to vomiting. 

Enjoy.

Follows: my personal lists in progress.

TOP TEN FAVORITE WORDS:

10. liquid
9. so
8. bewilderment
7. monk 
6. scoundrel
5. bell
4. tremendous
3. disaster
2. debacle
1. lotion

OTHER WORDS I LIKE:

diabolical
scenario
constellation
appliance
avocado
immortal
sprinkler
supplementary
icing
flautist
she
catastrophic
splendid
city
moon
stone
chicken
vulture
potato
canticle
wave
Wendy
pip
ingredients
ox
Rufus
Buddha
mile
manure
abandoned
Grover
bear
jurassic
fanatic
department
maroon
Herodian
central
soup
Pleiades
blink
where
highway
Aquinas
giraffe
remember
slippery
predicate
slippage
Mercury
crush
crash
concrete
class
cream
bug
architecture
weasel
story
Venezuela
fathom
peach
dirigible
Chevrolet
swindler
gunslinger
tumble
whisker
Euphrates
Cairo
puke
tarantula
constable
unemployment
lamentation
peculiar
mint
thirty-three
Bianca
fishstick
trudge
abscond
detective
laboratory
distinguished
delusional
perspicacity
ancient
insurmountable
wallet
billboard
author
mailbox
hubbub
tape
describe
truck
rendezvous
die Karottenstange
piccadilly
eschatology
Tilly
wood
slobber
configure
squirrel
spearfish
cartography
omnibus
carnivorous
quadratic
tree
cyclone
squab
ample
quandary
populate
trajectory
planet
redundant
ordinary
passage
feather
endure
mayhem
unlatch
gaggle
nuance
crackle
seventy-nine
daily
daisy
jacket
hyperbole
vertices
bunk
debunk
thwart

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TOP TEN LEAST FAVORITE WORDS

10. delicate
9. midst
8. dessert
7. practical
6. limit
5. four
4. carefree
3. print
2. moist
1. gratitude

OTHER WORDS I DON’T LIKE

diamond
carpet
Hawaii
fruit
Baptism
art
bird
appetizer
song
pear, pair, pare
Easter
coach
yield
haystack
carefree
tea, tee
chowder
spinach
Christian
four
raisin
correspond
Maury
napkin
church
mitten
aardvark
herb
vet
bank
dairy
limit
daisy
pilgrim
nuance
etiquette
why
crescent
delicate
midst
spirituality
slak
weird
pantry
allow
conscious
breakfast
prince
hand
sneaky
tin
clean
media
sleep
conversation
van
triangle
mail
Felix
print
paint
autumn
happening
bath
resonate
log
spill
young
vegetable
help
particularly

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WORDS SO EMOTIONALLY CHARGED, I CAN’T PRESENTLY FORM AN OPINION

rape
Nazi
hate
cruelty
lovely
beautiful
sex
love
terror
brutality
bed
Saturday
alternative


3 responses to “Richard’s Word Game

  • Heather Michele

    Could not possibly love this more! YES.

  • Sallie Graves

    Great Fun Richard. I like “absolutely” you could almost dance it. Sallie Graves

  • Mark

    Greetings,
    My church uses the SIng! song book from the UCC. I am not a musician and I’d like to hear the music for your songs like “More than we can ask”. You don’t appear in hymnary.com so iIs there any way to do that?

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