Ten Random Words I Like

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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.)
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.”

What words do you like?

11 Comments on “Ten Random Words I Like

  1. I like them too, though I’ve never thought to compile a list of my own.

    In music, I learned that timbre was pronounced “tamber,” rhyming with amber. It could have been a regional thing, or a musician thing, but I just looked it up, and it is pronounced “timber” for the music and voice definition as well, according to Webster’s 1928 and Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language 2nd Ed. 1974. Thank you for prompting my enlightenment!

    • Hi Lauren, thanks for your comment. I like words and had fun looking these up to confirm/clarify my own understanding but then coming up with my own feeling about them! I’m still not sure how flotsam and jetsam made the list but perhaps I can fit them into real life conversation someday! 🙂

      • I hope the subject doesn’t come up, Sue–the idea of being surrounded by marine wreckage or jettisoned junk is unnerving, at best!

    • That’s interesting. I have always pronounced it rhyming with amber, though with a hard ‘R’. Then again, I am English!
      Regards, Pete.

      • Hmmm.. Maybe both work? Either? Ee-ther? Eye-ther? I best be careful of my pronunciation, lest people think I mean Tim-berrrrr!!!

      • We are who we are, Pete–you’re a Brit, so I checked the Macmillan pronunciation and your pronunciation is aligned with the one of your peers: TAM-bruh (short u). I like them all, but first-learned is first-favored, and I will continue to say tam-bruh with my Yank inflection. –Cheers, Lauren

  2. Some lovely old words here, Susanne. I have always liked ‘flotsam and jetsam’ too.
    My own favouties include, ‘Nonetheless’, ‘Disinterested’, and ‘Indubitably’.
    I read a lot of Dickens when I was young!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Hi Pete! thanks for your comment. Those are all very nice words. I think I shall incorporate ‘indubitably’ into my vocabulary. I also like ‘invariably.’ Have a nice day! 🙂

  3. I’m big on “invariably,” too. As for “eether”/”eyether”–go figure. . . I say “eether,” but then I also say “neyether”. I don’t know why; it just sounds right. My Mom/Mum was Canadian.

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