With less than 30mins to smash out a piece about my five favourite words in English, the only words that come to mind are worthy of soap in the mouth.
Why not start with one of those actually? No need to get all fancy and clever. A few moments ago I looked at the clock and thought “fuck”; yes, I said it and even though it will be frowned upon, it’s a word we use all the time. By virtue of the frequency with which we use it, it must be an all time favourite for most of the world.
Now, onto that second word, which now, coupled with deadline induced anxiety and writer’s block, completely evades me and prevents from properly using the word phenomenal. A word I love and try use as little as possible to really maximise its impact.
Word three and I’m 15 minutes away from the new ‘topic of the day’. My first word chiming in every moment I write closer to 6pm and taking me further away from an exquisite blog post. Ha! There it is. Exquisite holds an air of prestige and class; one does not simply throw this around like the common “umm” or “huh”. It is reserved for occasions where your level of being impressed is at a maximum.
Speaking of being impressed and using an easy word to get by, one of my all time favourites, which was in all likelihood birthed in the 80s is cool. No really, the word is cool. If I had a preverbal penny for every time I said cool, I’d be able to fund Joburg’s e-tolls for a week.
Wow, and with that, the fifth and final favourite word is here. A word I use to delicately describe something that is just lovely; not amazing, not phenomenal nor cool, but just lovely. It’s like an ice-cream on Sunday afternoon or a Roger Federer leaping forehand…just lovely.
5 minutes to spare and I managed to write about 5 of my favourite words. No doubt, the second I post this, a flurry of more impressive words will hit me.