Harmony – Different musical notes played or sung together at the same time with a pleasing sound or result. Also used metaphorically to describe how different things or persons blend or go well together. Living peaceably, or in harmony. I like harmony. Both kinds.
Timbre – No, not timber. Timbre. As in the characteristic quality of a musical sound or voice. Let me say it for you while you visualize the word spelled correctly. Timbre. Can you hear it’s richness? Now picture the word timber and think of trees, stripped. Notice the difference.
Luminescence – Light coming from a non heat source; like a glow worm which I have not seen or a firefly which I have. Or the sparks that fly when chewing a wintergreen lifesaver in total darkness deep inside the Lewis and Clark Caverns. I recommend you try it if you are ever in Montana, although other caverns may be substituted. (Please note that firefly and glow worms not found here.)
Effervescent – Bubbly! Sparkly! Like the champagne that is sipped slowly after a wedding toast. Unfortunately this wonderful word has been hijacked by advertisers and applied to the cleansing action that occurs on stubborn denture stains when white tablets are dropped into water. We can do better than that. We must reclaim this word.
Flora – A lovely word describing the plant life of a particular region or time. Much better than saying, ‘the plant life of a particular region or time.’ Almost always paired with fauna. See # 6.
Fauna – The animal life of a particular region or time. I can never remember the meaning of fauna unless it’s paired with flora, and even then it’s a slow recall. Flora and Fauna, that’s how it should be. Not bad names for twins, either. (Tell them you got the idea here.)
Ebb – To wane, or recede; a low condition, typically related to the tide. When paired with flow (see # 8) it becomes a far more hopeful and encouraging word.
Flow – The opposite of ebb, the incoming phase of the tide. Waters rise and things are looking up! Ebb and Flow. But notice how ebb comes first.
Flotsam – Marine debris from a shipwreck. I just like the sound of this word though I’m pretty sure I never used it before. Until now. It’s another one of those words that has a mate. Flotsam and jetsam. See #10 below for jetsam.
Jetsam. Also marine debris from a vessel but with intention to lighten the load in distress. Turns out these have legal meaning in maritime law which I will not go into as I have no interest in salvaging any wreckage from the sea. Flotsam and Jetsam. They pair nicely but are probably not good names for twins, unless applied to a type of ‘fauna’ (e.g. bunny rabbits) similar to ”Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.”