… for no other reason than the sheer pleasure they give you when you hear them or the happy associations they create for you. There are probably lots of words that make you happy as there are for me. A smile always comes across my face when I read/hear the following (just a small number that spring to immediate mind):
Asinine – Always have believed this should really be spelled Ass -inine but there again that’s rather silly or stupid probably.
Bifurcate – No, it’s not (as I once thought and still wish it to be) to burp but only to divide into two branches – to fork. A real opportunity missed there I think.
Inglenook – Warm and cosy place to be in the fireside of a sixteenth century coaching inn on a cold wintry night,
Lollipop – Say it out loud and you can just taste that sticked sugary confection. The tongue picks up the ‘loll’ and your lips the ‘pop’. Yummy!
Obsequious – Charles Dickens must have made the character Uriah Heep in David Copperfield with this word very much to the forefront of his mind. This sickeningly respectful creep just oozes smarm; can’t you just feel his limp fish-like handshake. Ugh! Yet fawningly brilliant. So, this word always makes me think of the character and makes me happy.
Smoodge – There can never be enough ooooooo’s in smoodge. It’s what my cats do when they’re being friendly. Supposedly an Australian and New Zealand word that means behaving amorously; sidling up to one. More fittingly inherited by all mogs of the world.
Waistcoat – There is a quote from HC Wyld, professor of English, Oxford University about 1923 in the book “CS Lewis – A Biography” by AN Wilson, 1990 which I love and which always makes me much amused: “You’re the sort of people who would say ‘waist-coat’, rather than use the old-fashioned, gentlemanly pronunciation ‘westcut”. Westcut it is for me! And most definitely not vest.