After a (fabulous) week of blogoversary celebrations, it’s back to normal posting! The wonderful Alexa tagged me for the Power of Words tag, and I haven’t done one for ages. Although Shanti already did this , I liked the look of this tag, so I’m going to do it as well. *flips hair fabulously*
(I’m following all the rules, except I can’t think of anyone to tag. If want to know the rules you can see Alexa’s post)
What is your favourite letter of the alphabet?
This is hard. E is too common, S is rather self-centred, but I like z and r. And also the hindi letter ‘ksh’ which looks like this:
Three words I love?
Ethereal, insidious, vindicated. (why? I don’t know.) Also most onomatopoeias.
Three words I hate?
Hmmm. I don’t really HATE that many words, per se. But shape names, like sphere and cylinder and cube, are rather strange.
What kind of word would I create?
Well, I once invented mataonapoiea, for words that sound like what they mean but don’t necessarily describe sounds (such as ‘scarf’). I think english needs more words for feelings, like maybe gradness (anger at grief/sadness). Also the other day I invented the word ‘balkiness’ to encompass all things to do with the management of money.
Favourite punctuation marks?
I like semicolons; which doesn’t mean I know how to use them, & ampersands, which have the coolest name ever—but I totally overuse the em dash— that would be my favourite.
Three favourite fonts?
I often just go for good ol’ times new roman, but I also like Arial and the swirly cursive ones (because my cursive just isn’t even a thing.)
Bonus: A word that looks better than it sounds?
Bonus question: If you could change the way one word sounded, what would it be?
Recently a friend who doesn’t have English as a first language sent me this video (no idea if this link works) about all of English’s ‘ought’ sounds. Like ‘off’ in ‘cough’, ‘uff’ in ‘enough’, ‘ow’ in ‘bough’, ‘aw’ in ‘bought’, ‘ooo’ in ‘through’, ‘oh’ in ‘though’ … you get the idea. Imagine how much easier life would be if this was more consistent.
Alexa’s question 1: What are the most powerful words you can think of?
Love, death, and courage.
Alexa’s question 2: Can you think of/make up a book title with 5 words you mentioned in this tag?
a) no. b) the insidious courageous person on a plinth who bought a cough . (what this books would be about, I don’t know).
I’m not going to tag anyone because a) tagging is hard b) I can’t think of that many people who haven’t done it and c) anyone can steal it and I’m 100% OK with that.
Can you make up a book title with these words? Are you with me on the ‘ough’ thing? What is your favourite punctuation mark?