Published in The Ferndale Record-Journal, October 28, 2009
Language fascinates me. It always has.
Some words delight me more than others because they’re either fun to work into a sentence, or they amuse me in some way. Below are a few words that fall into this category:
Cupcake – The words ‘cup’ or ‘cake’ alone don’t thrill me, but put them together and magic happens. Maybe it’s the image of an actual cupcake that I like. Or perhaps it’s because this is what my sister calls people she finds adorable, as in “Oh, the new Snodgrass baby is a cupcake!”
For whatever reason, I like this word. I like how it makes me feel, and that it has an earthy, hard ‘K’ sound—not once, but three times.
Snarky – True, this word is trendy. Pop culture enthusiasts employ this little nugget ad nauseum. One definition in The Urban Dictionary says ‘snarky’ is “A witty mannerism, personality, or behavior that is a combination of sarcasm and cynicism. Usually accepted as a complimentary term. Snark is sometimes mistaken for a snotty or arrogant attitude.”
The reason I’m drawn to this word is because it sounds made up. I also like to think of different ways to use it: Snarkalicious, snarkonomic, snarkoleptic, ensnarked, desnarkification.
With a word like this, the possibilities are all over the map. You can use it for anything! It’s snarktastic!
Purple – A person cannot say this word without making an entertaining face. It’s impossible to do. Lips get scrunched and pouty, and cheeks puff out. On top of which it sounds throaty and punchy.
I say you can add the word ‘purple’ to almost any sentence and make it more interesting.
Bosom – In my opinion, this is a word, when used in just the right way, provides substantial hilarious bang for your comical buck.
I don’t know when I decided this about ‘bosom’ but I suspect it has to do with an early episode of The Simpsons. Of course, it’s also used on occasion to describe a certain female characteristic.
However, I favor this word because it’s fun to say and rarely used. Say it out loud several times. Then think of a way to use it in a sentence. I can almost promise it will make you smile, and maybe even laugh.
My list of engaging words is long and these are only a few. But let’s try using them all in a sentence, shall we?
How about, “I grabbed a purple cupcake from the bosom of that snarky hostess.”
Or maybe, “My bosom ached for a purple begonia so my recently desnarkified husband brought me one, and a cupcake, too.”
I get that not everyone appreciates language and word play the way I do. Maybe it’s better that way. Society wouldn’t accomplish anything if we just sat around making up and deconstructing words all the time.
Still, you’ve got to admit it might be fun. Everyone has certain words they use consistently. I say ramp it up with some you haven’t used in a while, or ever. Pick a couple you like and try using them in conversation. Let your creativity bubble to the surface and impress your family, the crowd, or just yourself.
Ooh. ‘Bubble’ — there’s another one I like!