Some words are like music to my ears

Published 8:47am Monday, September 16, 2013

I’ve always loved the written word. That fondness began long before I entertained the idea of writing as a profession. In great part that love stems from the stories people create with words – adventure, mystery, thought-provoking turns of phrase, history or transportation to other places and times (whether real or imaginary). Sometimes I’m amazed at the products people can spin from mere words.
But on another level, there are many words I love just for themselves – for how they sound or the images they conjure in my brain. I’m sure plenty of folks don’t perceive words almost as though each was an individual personality, but I’m equally certain there are other people (like me) who do. Overall, I suppose words are for me what music is for many other people.
I don’t have occasion to work any significant number of my favorite words into the stories I write. So here are just a few of those that particularly strike my fancy. Somehow all of these words seem to convey their meanings just by how they sound. I can’t explain it any better than that.
•Juggernaut
•Perplex
•Flounce
•Lackadaisical
•Scoundrel
•Gallivant
•Fritter
•Behemoth
•Decadent
•Epiphany
•Flourish
•Rascal
•Tempestuous
•Gargantuan
•Ponderous
•Scalawag
•Finicky
•Ethereal
•Banshee
•Inscrutable
•Loathe
•Frolic
•Zeal
•Tumultuous
•Cataract (as in waterfall)
•Jubilant
These are only a sample of the words I find especially interesting or expressive, but they give you an idea of what I mean.
Until next week …

Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is peggy.blackburn@TheWetumpkaHerald.com.

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